Originally Posted by T.Underhill
Do not listen to this man.
I agree and hope that the advice was given in jest....................
It's all about tone, not volume, when training and hitting does nothing but tend to make a dog afraid of you, which can make it hard to get them to come to you when you want. Dogs have the ability to learn how you feel just by your tone / delivery and even if they know they have done something wrong will still come when called if they don't fear getting "whacked!"
A fellow I knew back in the 70's, an old Southern "transplant" who lived not far from me and that sold me one of my Bloodhounds had 52 of this breed when we got "Sam" from him. He bred, trained and sold them to Law Enforcement Agencies all over the Country. I got to know him well and helped him train his dogs, which helped me learn to train mine, and while he always liked ask people "You see that point on top of their (Hounds) heads? That's a knowledge knot," meaning they were so stubborn that you had to hit them on top of the head to teach them anything, I never seen him hit a one.
He always "reasoned" with them.............
Now I had a Bassett Hound that tempted me, on occasion, to give her a little "knowledge," if you know what I mean. At times the line between who was training who was a little blurred but "we" eventually got the "Alpha" dog role squared away......