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I had the temerity and largess to believe that writing about the Communicative Approach to Training Theory would be simple.  Repeat, “had”.  I no longer  entertain such a delusion.   The approach itself seems simple to me, emphasizing relationship and observation in whatever training method you choose.  But when I began my post entitled, “Communicating with Calming”, things got complicated. Small details, needing explanation, were tumbling out like ball-bearings from a carelessly bumped Big Gulp cup.  What to do, what to do…

  You will get to read that post about being “Calm during Training”, (Warning Cesar Bashers: I’m going to discuss your Energy.)  But, I’m adding a pre-amble to it.  The two biggest subjects involve “Engagement with your Dog” (discussed here), and “Fear and Communication. (Still in development).  Let’s get started…

“You HAVE my attention…”

Having been married for a bit more than 25 years, I will occasionally fall victim to holding conversations with my dear wife that I’m not really engaged in.  They may, or may not sound something like this:

“This room needs a makeover.  A bit more color, maybe a new couch.  What do you think of a splash of Aqua?” CarolAnn will ask.

“Mmmmmm…that would be fine.” I’ll mumble.

” We should paint before winter too…”

” Okay…Where’s my laptop?”

” Did you hear what I said?

“”Uh, yeah…I’d love to go have Chicken wings later.”

“You didn’t hear me!  I didn’t mention Chicken Wings…”

“I think the batteries in this remote must be dying…”

“I’m going to Home Depot…”

“Why are you going to  Home Depot?”

By the way gentleman, if this has happened to you, I recommend wearing a helmet.  Full- time…

If you and your dog have a system of communication that approaches this level, you need help.  No, you need a hamster.   But,  I’ve seen this happen to some very fine Canine/Handler teams in the field and in competition.  Both individuals would have momentary lapses in communication, and one or the other would stall.  In the least of circumstances, points are lost.  In the worst case, the scent of the missing would be lost.  Then both parties become frustrated, confused, or even angry.  That emotional trinity is a sure-fire way to cause problems.  This is why Focus and Engagement,are absolutely necessary for the Communicative Approach.

Engagement first came to my attention early in my training with Hans.  We were working with Mr. Corey Dewberry of Columbus, Ohio.  Corey is a trainer that works with family pets, Schutzhund competitors, and the Protection Sports Association.  He has a lengthy resume’ with Law Enforcement K-9’s as well.  In his training, he pays close attention to reading the dogs reactions, body-language, and eye-contact.  He pointed out every flick of an ear, blink of an eye, tongue flick…I promise you, when we were well along, my dog could stay focused on me no matter what crossed his path.  Food, toys, cats, other dogs, loud noises, fire trucks with sirens blazing, whatever.  Corey was, and is, a master of “Engagement” with dogs.  I took his philosophy to heart, and am glad I did.

So, how do you achieve and build “engagement”?  Put in its simplest form, you must find what motivates your dogs attention above all other things.  One necessary point, is that I have always dealt with Working Dogs.  Dogs bred to Play drive, or Prey drive before Food Drive.  If one of Hans’ toys appears, or he smells it, nothing else matters to him.  He will go into his Sit/Stay, and be anchored until I produce that toy.  His eyes never leave mine.  You could march a sizable High School band between us, and he would remain laser-locked on me.  I’ve tested this statement on the field we practice on, which happens to be a practice field for our local High School.  That’s Hansie’s motivator.  You will need to find out what gets your dogs attention.  In the case of a working/competition dog, I would recommend not using food as motivator, as a ball or toy doesn’t include the need to chew and swallow the treat before he complies.  I also will not use a clicker, because I’m trying to build a “Drive”, rather than a “Programmed Response”.  Drive produces an  “emotional” response from the dog, while a Programmed response is just a reaction from a robot.  (Let the Clicker trainers start their protesting now.  Sorry gang, you’re training robots.  I have more on this “Programmed Response” in a pending post.)

Now then, it is necessary for me to explain something else.  In my own training regimen, I allow something else that some will say goes against common practice in the realm of Pet Dog training.  In real-world trailing/tracking  We want our dog to show his drive and excitement to work or play.  This is why I don’t prevent my dogs from getting excited at play or training time.  When we arrive at the training field, my dog is whining, barking, and ready to burst into action.  In schutzhund, before starting on a track exercise, handlers usually put their dog into a “Down/Stay”.  This  retards  the dogs enthusiasm, and in the real world, I want him busting to go…My dog is demonstrating, communicating to me, that he  wants, really wants,to do what I’m asking of him.  When a dog is able to do what he wants to do, he will do it well, and he’ll do it all day!  This does not mean that we don’t practice our best Canine Good Citizen behavior and training when we are in public.  It just means that I allow my dog to communicate to me that he’s overjoyed at our play time.  At this level of excitement, he is thoroughly engaged with me and the training to come.  Nothing else matters to him.  While on the field, Hans will watch my every move from his down/stay position.  His ears will be pricked forward toward me, his eyes shooting laser-like into mine from as far away as I need.  I wondered if his attention was mine, or if it belongs to the toy I am carrying.  To test this, I drop the ball quite dramatically and keep moving.  Those almond-colored eyes remain on me.  Success!!!  Another example of focus happened a few weeks ago…We were doing our exercises at a field which borders Walnut Creek.  We were practicing Focus, using his Avery Float toy.  His only responsibility  is to sit and watch me, until I release him.  We were 50 yards apart, determined by the lines painted on the field.  To my shock, (and moments later, Delight)  a large Whitetail Buck sporting 8 gleaming points, emerged from the woods edge and ran between us.  Hans had no reaction to the deer at all.  I, on the other hand, picked my lower jaw off the ground, and thought, “The things you see when you don’t have a gun…!”  I gave Hansie the toy and we celebrated.

  I don’t tell this story to brag about my training philosophy, because I can’t say that it was designed to accomplish this type of focus.  C.A.T.T. has developed organically, naturally.  I’ve made plenty of errors, but I’m beginning to identify them, and eliminate them.  I’ve concentrated on the relationship that Hans and I share, because I’m just crazy about him.  We are together everyday, and do everything together.  That’s a key to having engagement…but what if you don’t have that luxury of 24/7/365 training?  You can still do it! 

  In  observation of obedience trials, schutzhund, and even Agility competitions, you will almost always see a dog that loses concentration and focus.  An otherwise very fast Agility dog will miss a cue and hurdle the wrong bar or enter the tunnels in reverse of direction.  An obedience dog will hesitate, taking away the expected precision.  This is usually caused by loss of Focus from both handler and dog.  Now, ask yourself, “How often do I train with my dog?”  Many training books say that any more than an hour at a time is unsustainable.  I agree with that statement when using a specifically disciplined “Method”.  Dogs attention span can fade away in a short time if they are bored.  The wonderful thing about utilizing the Communicative Approach to your  prefered training method is that you are “Teaching” constantly.  You, as Handler, are Learning constantly.  Discipline is CONSTANT, in that your dog never takes his eyes off you.  YOU are the most important thing in the world to him.  How do you earn this focus from your dog, even if your time together is limited?

  When you are  with your dog, BE with your dog.  Allow him to share in your activity whenever possible, and DO something.  If you waste hours watching television or sitting at a computer screen, you will become boring very quickly.  I combat long hours sitting here writing, by keeping the dog’s brain occupied with “Searches” thru the house and yard.  I will give specific commands for specific items.  My keys, my cell-phone, socks, a ball, whatever.  We keep things spread all over the property for just this reason.  Yes, it’s a lot of work, and constant preparation.  It takes forethought on your part.  But the dog will ALWAYS be engaged with you until he’s so exhausted he falls over asleep, or retreats to his crate.  Believe me, he’ll communicate to you when he’s tired! 

How else do you maximize your time together?  Ask yourself, where does my dog sleep?  In the garage or kennel, away from you, the Center of the World?  Locked in a room alone?  I understand that many don’t allow their “dog” on the bed.  But, if you are trying to train a “Partner”, let your dog be a part of your “nest”.  You will quickly learn your dogs habits, as well as what comforts him.  A small request for a scritch on his fuzzy neck at 2:30 AM will seal a bond of trust and dependence when you fulfill it.  He will know that you are there, and that you will be there.  Think of how to be together everywhere…Don’t build this relationship by teaching undesirable qualities, like begging at the dinner table, but do allow your dog to be within view of you, and reward his courteous behavior. 

  There…I’ve written 1704 words on building Engagement.  It’s a long-winded way to say, “Be With Your Dog.  Play With Your Dog.  Eat With Your Dog, Sleep With Your Dog, Let Your Dog Be With You.”      It takes time, and effort.  Don’t think of your dog as a tool, to be used, put away, and taken out only when needed. 

  Your closeness will make actual training time more enjoyable and effective.  Your dog will want to do what you are teaching, and you will see it in his eyes. 

  Actually, this advice sounds like a good way to build a marriage as well…Give it a try.  I know I’m going too.  Hey Hon’?  What color are you thinking of for the kitchen??

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Today I was summarily removed from a Closed Group on Facebook, by it’s administrator.  It’s a very small group of about 35 people, espousing the techniques of Clickers and Operant Conditioning.  It’s an active group, with lots of video and instruction.  It is a group that I have enjoyed watching, and learning from.  The group does a good job of helping and answering the questions of the group members.  The owner of the group is an intelligent and well-spoken person, with a growing and successful business.

So why was I given a one way ticket out of town?  And why am I airing this dirty laundry here?  Both good questions, deserving an answer.

First, I’m not going to air any dirty laundry.  It is perfectly within the domain of a group to allow or disallow any one as a member.  Period. End of discussion.

But the other question plays into a mind set of Learning, and a subject discussed on this blog before.  A mind set that I encourage everyone to adopt and use to create something uniquely yours.

People that question everything are inherently better educated than those who learn by rote or imitation.  I have found that those who focus on who has this “Degree” or that “Degree” are quite dismissive of those who have only “Years of Experience” to hang on their wall, or wash out of their clothes.  Choosing between “Higher Education” and “Experience” is a no-brainer in something like dog-training. I’ll take the word of experience every time.

Tackling a discipline such as Dog-Training, (Yes, it’s a Discipline.) should be an individual pursuit for every trainer, and every dog.  No two of either species are exactly the same, and therefore have different individual needs.  I encourage every single one of my readers to question everything you read here, and everywhere else.  Find what works best for you, and your dog.  Do so without fear of being chastised, mocked, or otherwise removed.  That MAY require staying off of social media, or at least posting very carefully…

Dog training should be about The Dog, not the “Scientific Method” of the trainer.  And this is where I feel that “Operant Conditioning” and/or Clicker training” is not the complete answer.  It relies too much on the Human-factor to deliver a stimulus to the dog performing natural behavior.  Operant conditioning was developed to train Sea-Mammals to perform stunts on cue.  I cannot fathom that these large, intelligent creatures have any desire to live among humans, have a relationship with them, or love them.  They are in fact, better off living in the deep-blue where-in they were placed.  Dogs were meant to be with humans.  The facts (and, oh yeah…the daily news!) seem to indicate that even a “trained” Orca will still kill a human trainer as nothing more than a finless snack.  Using the same techniques with canines, who seem to have a symbiotic relationship with humans, badly short-changes the dog as an intelligent creature.  Yes, Operant Conditioning, and even the annoying ‘snap-snap-snap’ of a clicking-device are successful ways to “shape” or “train” a dogs behavior.  “Marker Training” has wonderful results as well.    BUT THEY ARE NOT the End-All-Be-All of dog training.  But ANY training method that cannot stand up and survive being questioned, is not a good method.  Can’t Clicker-Training find a voice that will reasonably discuss the positive and negative aspects of the  practice?  Such discussion is rarely, if ever accepted by it’s practioners.  Many aspects of it are defensible, and even practical.  But it’s not successfully engaged in by those who have accepted it without question.  The only way to defend O.C/Clicker-training is to shut down those voices that WOULD question it.

This will not end the controversy  in dog training.  Both sides have dug in, and some have barricaded themselves in with books about the “Science” of dog behavior, or the “Spiritual” side of dog training.  My wish for the future of our canines, is this:  Be Open-minded to all types of training.  Train Yourself to the methods you choose when working and communicating with your dog.  If the trainer doesn’t understand his method, then the dog is certainly not going to understand it.

That’s probably the biggest reason for the “Xenophobic” attitude of some Clicker – Trainers.  I don’t believe that they truly understand the mind of a dog.  They refuse to see the dog as a thinking creature.  They don’t attempt to understand the native and natural “language” of a dog.  Therefore the methodology is INCOMPLETE,        *NOT *         WRONG!!!   Just, unfinished to this point.  I encourage clicker trainers to keep working on your research and make it everything it can be.  The research isn’t finished.  IN ANY METHOD.

There…I’ve finally put into words why I feel about Operant Conditioning/Clicker training the way I do.  It’s simply “Incomplete”.  I’ve not expressed that before out of respect for people that follow the method religiously. People I generally respect.  The part they miss is to Keep-Going, BEYOND what Operant conditioning can do!!! 

THAT is the only way that we can arrive at something better.  Allowing our experience to wed together things that seem disparate.  Calling each other names, mocking terminology and just generally being ornery will do nothing for the dogs.  Shutting down the voices of those who question or express something beyond dogma (LOL!) is not the answer.  That’s what the group in question did.   Refusing to allow, accept, or build understanding between the camps will surely cause good people to abandon ANY training because they are afraid to choose either.

Therefore, It will be my goal to continue to listen to every well-reasoned method.  I will question, and Call-into question, all of it.  I May get kicked out of a group or two, but I know I’ll be doing whats best for MY dogs.

If you want to start a fight with dog trainers, just give your opinion which method  of training is “Best”.  I promise you acrimony, pity, insults, and passive/aggressive attacks from EVERY  methods camp.  Usually from a tiny, vocal, minority.  Argue against any method, and you will reach DEF-CON 4 in short order.

I have written a post that will be controversial with canine community members that read it.  That realization is cause for sadness and deep disappointment for me, but that possibility goes right to the heart of why I wrote what follows. Actually, read without bias, you will find that TRAINING is NOT the point here, but rather the WAY it is presented to the public.   In point of fact, I have sat on this piece for several months, not wanting to make anyone feel as though I was attacking deeply held beliefs.  Attack was never my intention.  I am, truly, trying to find a common thread that might bring different philosophies together.  There is something to be learned in each method.

The editing that has occurred here has been brutal, but ultimately cathartic for me.  It helped me refine my own methodology, and look past a wall of Opinion.  I thought I had finally found a way to unite several disparate camps.  Unfortunately, when the smoke cleared, I was confronted by another wall.  This was not my Wall.  It was built by others, and a small, passionately vocal, group is still fortifying this wall.  Some in this group question my objectivity (which I maintain, despite popular notion) on this subject. 

My only request is that before you ignore me, “unfriend” me, or fill my comment box with malignant ire, read the post in its entirety.  You will find that this is not a post recommending one dog-training method over another.  Rather, it has become an essay pointing out the bottomless chasm of ridiculous and impotent arguments among dog trainers, and by extension, the entire society in which we currently live.

Zeitgeist translates loosely into the “Spirit of the Times”, and makes reference to the attitude that prevails in any given group at any given time.  In the past several years, a definite “Zeitgeist”, has wound it’s way into a collective of individuals that train dogs.  Truth be told, there is more than one such collective, each with its own particular zeitgeist.  That is my subject.

I have been an admirer of Mr. Cesar Millan, a.k.a. The Dog Whisperer, for several years.  (Some of you just bolted for the nearest exit, I know.)  During my early times with dogs, I have also been very interested in a training system known as Operant Conditioning, or “Clicker Training”.  The main source of contemporary training in this highly successful method, is a talented woman by the name of Karen Pryor. (Some of our runaways just peeked back around the door to see if  I’ve come to my senses)

Please note, that I manage to admire both individuals.  That admiration took a torpedo in the waterline recently, and it lead me to finish this piece.  I have always been an equal opportunity type, and I employ facets of each of these systems in my personal training.  I also use other methods beyond them.  Each dog is different, and responds in it’s own way to each stimuli.  I use that which produces the best result with that individual dog.

This last week, my wife and I enjoyed attending Cesar Millans speaking tour in Columbus, Ohio.  Mr. Millan is engaging, entertaining, and informative without being preachy, or criticizing those who dislike him and his methods. ( In stark contrast to his  detractors.)  And they are legion…Anyway, I casually mentioned that we would be seeing his show on one of the social media outlets, and the response shocked me.  “How can go see a show that teaches such brutality with dogs?!!!”    “I have no respect for any Trainer that employs his methods!”  I have many more, but these two pretty well sum up the list.  Some of them attack Millan’s personality, while others stick to his methods.  Still others take laser aim at his lack of Educational Degrees or Certificates of Expertise.  I knew that Cesar is, unfortunately, a polarizing figure in the canine training world. Some time ago, you were forced to choose your allegiance to either him or Victoria Stillwell, another television dog trainer/behaviorist.  You couldn’t possibly admire both simultaneously, simply out-of-the-question.

Normally I would treat such e-mails with the uninterested disdain that they so richly deserve, but I was curious.  Who were these people  gradually filling my message box with spit and vitriol because I was going to see Cesar Millan.  So I began to click on some of the names, and I found a common thread.  But I’ll get to that momentarily…

Whenever I take to the training field, I observe my dogs intently.  I’ve gotten quite good at it, if I say so myself.  This is a vital activity when running a track, or a scent target.  Very subtle changes in the dogs behavior are like an open book to me,  making me put aside my own opinion to follow the dogs input.  The dog is almost always right.  I’ve learned to trust him.  The point is this:  We learned this skill from 5 different trainers, all of whom used very different methodology.  We have gleaned the very best from some of the very best.  All are fine trainers.  Each of them disagree with the others over small minutiae, (Using bait, Not using bait, using toys, etc etc.)  Such is the way of Dog Trainers, unfortunately.  But these Trainers also took small details from others and found that they also had merit.  None of these trainers utilized Operant Conditioning, or “Clicker Training”, and that becomes important to this story right now.  I discovered Karen Pryors first book in the public library.  I read that book.  I found that book interesting.  I realized that the method had tremendous application, especially in the teaching of Obedience.  At first, I utilized a little pink clicker, and it worked just fine.  But part of my training program involves long distance separation of myself and the dog.  In a loud environment, such as would occur at most disaster sites, I realized that the clicker was useless.  I began to use hand signals with great success!  But “Marker Training” settled into my program comfortably.  It became a “Part” of what I was training with…I found clicker training to have no application in Tracking/Apprehension, or Protection work. I was also developing something else in my mind, and thought that Operant Conditioning methods were lacking something I desired, namely, developing a Relationship with my dog.  But that was fine, as there were other methods.  I am an objective individual, and completely pragmatic in everything I undertake.  Do the job Well, and use the best method for completing the job.  And I always follow (to the best of my ability)  the example of my favorite person, Jesus Christ.  (Don’t run away, this won’t hurt you)  Which means I practice the spirit of, Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Mildness, and Self-control .  Translation:  I NEVER CAUSE MY DOGS PAIN IN ANY WAY!

I offer this short description to those of you will say, “He has never tried OC training, and has no knowledge or training with it!  He’s been drinking Cesar Millans Kool-Aid for too long…”   I am not only familiar with Operant Conditioning Training, I also use it.  But it has limitations that cannot be overcome.

  This then, leads me back to the discovery I made regarding those who, in large part, beat Cesar Millan up verbally every chance they get.  Using the flyer that they printed, for the purpose of their  peaceful “Protest”, I checked the names of the trainers that they were recommending.  Here is the flyer:   It’s not very legible in this format, but I offer it as proof that I read it.

To a  Person, everyone of these trainers is a “Clicker Trainer”.  And this is the point where I piss off Operant Conditioning trainers everywhere.

Flyer from Cesar Millan protesters.

My main question to Clicker trainers is this:  “Why do most (can’t generalize here) practioners of this method insist that it is THE ONLY method that deserves to be utilized by dog owners?” I found the Facebook page of a group calling themselves “Protest Cesar Millan in Columbus, Ohio”, where my point is further made. (Their URL includes the phrase,” go away Cesar”)  Here are some of the quotes as cut and pasted from that site prior to the show:  I have edited out last names.     _______________________________________________________________Protest Cesar Millan February 4th Columbus, OHUmm, I forget what Liz and Jen said, they can say, but I (Monica) said that I would like to ask him how he can keep his stance on his views while science and people with actual degrees in the field have disproven his methods. Then she was like, hmm, that brings up a good point, degrees. What do you have? So I told her about my bachelors and KPA and then she asked about Karen Pryor. So I told her about her. I did make sure to start with, I know Cesar loves his dogs or he wouldn’t be doing this.Wendy Sounds to me like he is getting scared.I do hope he changes his ways.I think he must be the most disliked person in the USA.No dog deserves him or his training methods.How the Juggernaut BeganMillan received no formal training; he is a noncertified, self-taught expert. This real-world learning began when he was a kid in Mexico and was known as “the dog boy” because he had a natural touch. Later, in the United States, he worked with aggressive dogs as part of a grooming business. He then created a canine academy, which attracted some high-profile clients.

January 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Of course there’s not just one way. There are many methods and techniques. But they are only valid if they are built on the science of behavioral modification and learning theory.

Millan bases what he does on mythology and makes it up as he goes along. It’s a TV show, folks. If one were to try to televise one of the correct, scientifically based, humane, effective ways to deal with aggression, people would fall asleep or turn the channel. It’s not exciting, it’s not sexy. Millan is not about dog training. He’s about exploitation for the purpose of fame and fortune.

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You get the gist from these few comments.  This is where I put together the Zeitgeist of the year 2012 in this country, as designed by the current political system we are enduring.  I define it,   for these purposes, as the “I’m smarter and more educated than you are, so shut up and do it my way. If you don’t like my way, I’ll find a way to get around you, and force you to do it my way.”

The insistent, and cloying, reminders of the collected College Degrees and Training Certificates Acronyms are at best rude.  At worst, they smack of insult and Class warfare.  A lesser wordsmith might say, “Snotty”.  The assumption that only people who are suitably degreed, seem to understand why OC is so important.  They also assume that those of us who don’t support their position are uneducated, and need to be re-educated.  (“Let’s set up a camp outside of town and..oops,Don’t get me wrong, not all of them are so brazen that they attempt to shout you down.)  Rather they employ a Passive/Aggressive approach,  “That poor person…he needs our help.  I feel SO bad for his dogs being trained with brutal shushing techniques…”

Cesar Millan has no such degrees, and whether or not he is a dues paying member of any of the current Trainers Organizations in vogue, I do not know.  He does, however, have many years of practical experience, and observation of his subjects.  If you have to choose between a very young Heart surgeon, just out of residency, full of himself and his advanced degree and a 30 veteran of the operating room that has instinct honed to a fine edge, which do you want operating on you?  Experience is very important.  The wisest canine person I know, has no Degree in dog behavior, but can lead a pack of 15 German Shepherds off-leash, and they look on her as the Leader.  They are well-behaved, obedient, and happy as a dog can hope to be.  She has been doing this for 30 or 40 years…

Also, the implication that non-practioners of Clicker training, are without education is pure hokum, and just wrong.  Look back at this quote above:      I would like to ask him how he can keep his stance on his views while science and people with actual degrees in the field have disproven his methods. Then she was like, hmm, that brings up a good point, degrees. What do you have? So I told her about my bachelors and KPA and then she asked about Karen Pryor. So I told her about her. I did make sure to start with, I know Cesar loves his dogs or he wouldn’t be doing this.Wendy Sounds to me like he is getting scared.I do hope he changes his ways.I think he must be the most disliked person in the USA.No dog deserves him or his training methods.How the Juggernaut BeganMillan received no formal training; he is an uncertified, self-taught expert

   My next question to this group is:  Why does Mr. Millan so intimidate your stance that you back into a corner and strike out at him personally?  Is he taking business away from your facility?  Do his speaking engagements cause people to say “I would never try Clicker Training!”         NO, he does not.  In fact, Mr. Millan doesn’t care which method of training that you utilize, as long as you DO!!!     Again, to use the simpler vernacular, “You catch more flies with honey.”        You will be doing the world of Operant Conditioning/Clicker Training a world of good , by demonstrating Clicker Training at every opportunity in a positive manner.  You insist that your training is purely positive, why doesn’t your Public Relations dept. follow suit?     This is what really set off this post.  Some of you have become known not as “Clicker Trainers”, but as the “Anti-Cesars”.  Is that anyway to reach the public?  I suppose in these politically correct times, with their horrendous continual political campaigns, NEGATIVITY is viewed as more effective, (and powerful) than quietly proving what you know to be true.  Operant conditioning IS a wonderful method, being given a black eye by a small minority.  I thought of writing Karen Pryor a letter.  It would start like this:

Dear Karen Pryor,

   Thank you for your years of hard research and efforts.  You are helping people and dogs everywhere.  But you should be aware that a small cross-section of adherents to your methods are representing you in a very negative way…A way that I don’t believe you would approve of, or even conceived.

I’ve reprinted here a miniscule sampling of what I’ve read on the internet, emanating from clicker training chat rooms, websites, and other authority types.  Prove it to yourself.  Type “Anti-Cesar Millan” or “Clicker Training is the Best” or a derivative into Google.  You can read this drivel for the next month non-stop!

My last request is this:  Please stop using the negative methods of promoting Operant conditioning.  YOU are making it more difficult for ME to convince people of its effectiveness.