Just Say No to Aversive Training
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MARR does NOT allow the use of what we as a board (and the LIMA training community as a whole) consider aversive training tools. Those specifically include:
- shock/stim/e collars (including wireless fences).
- choke chains or other slip collars that do not have a stop, pinch/prong collars.
- “alpha” type training (submission, rolling, fear/pain or intimidation).
- martingale collars.
- balance harness (occasionally the halti, depending on the dog).
- regular 6’ lead.
Behaviors that are reinforced will always be repeated- dogs don’t learn efficiently through punishment, so we focus on reinforcement. That can be a lot of things to a dog… usually food, but some will work for a ball, and some will work for freedom or praise.