Gawd - I don't see this at my dog club, or the GSD club that trains at KCC park in Victoria. There's no balance. The dogs are frequently punished, corrected when they're doing what the owner wants, confused, and rarely rewarded for doing what the owner does want.- Modern Training - dogs are furchildren, don't stress them out, don't hurt their feelings, don't make them do anything they don't want to do, no correction, no punishment!
I know there are those lovey dovey dog trainers running classes at four times the cost of dog club memberships and they're "all positive" which means they don't understand the science. And they're not helping but most of the ones I know in Adelaide won't work with angry or aggressive dogs - they recognise those are outside their scope and they do recommend PTS - much to the frustration of the owners who often cause the problems or at least fail to recognise them and set boundaries. These people do the same with their children. It's horrible.
Children and dogs are opportunists and hedonists - they will always take immediate reward over what's in their best interests long term. So if the parent lets the child or dog make the decisions the whole home will turn to hell.
So a post that talks about all punishment and correction with no balance on reward, praise and direction - isn't any better than the lovey dovey stuff.
Otherwise I agree with the rest of Nekhbet's post. I'm pretty sure any correction/punishment there would be immediately followed up with reward for the desired behaviour.
I have seen some really big critters trained entirely with reward / no reward plus managing the environment to limit the opportunity for dangerous or unwanted behaviour. And then as the behaviour is closer and closer to classically conditioned, the environment is modified and opened up until you have an albatross that will carry a message from ship to ship despite being pierced through the body and a lung by a sea eagle. Go Bob Bailey.