I recently downloaded and read your “Secrets” book and have to tell you how refreshing it is to find someone else with common sense! I’ve been involved in “dog sports” since the late 70’s and have trained and titled in both AKC obedience and Schutzhund.
I’ve taught classes with a few groups and given private lessons as a ‘sideline’. I’ve always trained under the principle that all dogs are different and that what works well with one will not necessarily be so good with another.
Like you, I am NOT “politically correct” and have not jumped on the “clicker” bandwagon and the “positive reinforcement only and the ban the “pinch collar” school of so-called “trainers”. My position cost me
acceptance into the NADOI (I got over it), [Editor’s note: I don’t know what NADOI is, either… probably some pseudo-professional association] BUT two different judges made the remark that mine was one of the “happiest” Rottweilers doing obedience work that they had seen and several of my “students” have earned various titles, so something must be working!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your book and tapes. One of my long time “dreams” has been to do “dog work” as a full time job – I’m 45 & getting short on time I know! I will be ordering your Dog Training Business Kit in a few weeks and look forward to forward to a working relationship with you in the future. Keep up the good work.
I hope you and your loved ones have a great holiday season.
For the Sport!
– Chris Amick