Modern dog training tends to emphasize praising positive behavior and ignoring or discouraging negative or undesired behavior. Old style training simply emphasized consequences and punishment for negative behavior with less emphasis on praising for positive. Modern dog training also uses an understanding of dog psychology to develop a "pack leadership" type of relationship with the dog instead of just implementing corporal punishment. The newer methods of training are simply "a more positive training environment". While Mr. Ruiz presents himself as having a lengthy resume training Guide Dogs for the Blind, his methods are more of the old style corporal training. This type of training emphasizes a more "robotic" mentality in the dog. There is little or no room for affection. There is less focus on a family pet and more on a detached working relationship. If your dog is "just a dog" then perhaps this is better for you. He uses "shocking methods" which could be useful in a few situations but they are overused especially for nervous or insecure dogs. I also felt that he was somewhat arrogant and he certainly didn't like his "expertise" questioned. With some "hard-cases" these "old-style" methods may have some place, but for the average family pet I would say start with Petsmart or find a CPDT certified trainer. This was absolutely not worth the money.
Posted: 9/10/2011 • Link to this review