After our first episode on “It’s Time To Drop the Drive Word” we received a very thoughtful comment from Mr. Tom Aaron, CPDT-KA, ABCDT from Fetchmasters Dog Training. Tom and his wife Linda are changing the world of gun dog training by introducing new and innovative protocols focusing more on positive reinforcement procedures rather than the more traditional aversive training techniques common to field work.
We have Tom’s permission to share and discuss his comments about the idea of drives and what they mean for those involved in gun dog and field training. We thank Tom for his detailed examples and for fostering further discussion on this topic.
One of our goals throughout our professional careers, is to bring the science of animal behavior to our work with both pet owners and pet professionals. The application of scientific knowledge to real world issues involving animals can’t help but improve our understanding, care and management of the critters we all care so deeply about.