I can't stand
the way I've seen some people let their dogs act at flyball. Those damn flyball people are idiots.
oh yeah, and at agility, and at bitework, and at about any other sport where people say that if there is any obedience involved it "kills drive."
Frankly, I just plain, flat don't agree. Are we necessarily talking about precision, flashy, 200 point obedience? No. But I really don't see a need to have a dog in any
activity acting like a complete uncontrollable moron. Excitement is one thing, but a dog can be excited and dancey and happy and still be obedient. Please don't get me wrong, my dogs do it too, but I'm working on it - I don't just shrug and excuse it.
I also think that basic obedience can
be taught using positive methods - and when Erin was at my house in August, she said a phrase I had never heard before, and it totally
changed my view of what she's been saying about training... "Positive does not mean permissive.
" And that is an interesting statement - you can
keep a dog under control without squashing drive - because you can keep a dog under control without hammering the crap out of them.
Now, we all know that I believe in proofing with compulsion,
and I'm not saying that I've changed that particular stance, but the topic here is basic control and manners and I think that is perfectly attainable without "ruining drive."