The only time I support the use of flooding is for dog booties. Seriously dogs are far less stressed if you put all four on and lure them to walk around because they realize they can walk normally in them waaaaay faster than if you do a boot at a time
Throwing cautious to the wind and trying this. The sidewalks are heavily salted during the winter here, l
I believe that there is evidence that “balanced” training is actually less effective than even training that is solely P+ (this would be based on the consistency of interaction, and requires that the P+ be used impeccably, with a clear warning signal that allows the dog to avoid the P+, and was determined by measuring cortisol levels. I cannot recall where I read this, hopefully this rings a bell for someone and they can post a link).
This article sheds some light on the trouble with balanced training in easy language: http://smartdog.typepad.com/smart_dog/2010/04/a-surprising-look-at-balanced-training.html - In a nutshell: “The correct behavior earns a reward and incorrect behavior earns punishment – he’s likely to do nothing. It’s safer to do nothing than be wrong.” I think it is clear from this statement alone how you could expect to make significantly less training progress when dealing with this phenomenon, vs a dog who is an ‘operant’ state, confidently offering behaviors for you to choose from. This delightful learning state typically occurs easily only in dogs who have not been exposed to punishment for incorrect behaviors.
Also on the subject of balanced training, this is one of my favorite illustrative examples: “Consider this, you open your door and find a friend with a bunch of flowers to offer you. You gladly accept them. The same situation happens the next day, and the next. You are happily anticipating the door opening. Then, one day, the doorbell rings at the same time of day, and you open it and instead of the flowers, you are greeted by a swift slap to the side of your face. Not sure what you have done, you go inside. The next day arrives and the door bell rings. This time, you flinch as the bunch of flowers greets you. Although you are greeted many times more with flowers, the sting of the slap was so great that you are never fully confident when opening your door. That is very similar to what your dog may feel when given treats and a toy on one hand, and a jerk on a chain collar the next instance. The sense of trust is gone.” http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/walking-fine-line