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2.6. Inducive versus compulsive training. Some compulsion is normally necessary in working dog training, especially in the controlled aggression phase. However, inducive methods are to be preferred whenever practical. In particular, inducive methods are most advantageous for the initial teaching of any skill. That is, to an untrained dog the S D /command (e.g. ― Sit !‖ ) means nothing. Therefore, if the handler gives the command ― Sit !‖ and then administers a strong collar correction in the attempt to force the dog to sit, the dog will have no idea that it can avoid further unpleasantness by sitting. It will instead attempt to defend itself or avoid its handler. (More than anything else, such a method is a perfectly designed classical conditioning procedure that will condition fear and/or aggression to the command ― Sit !‖ by pairing the command closely together in time with physical discomfort.) However, if we first teach the dog to sit on command using
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