Mention training methods to a group of dog trainers, and you might want to prepare for a fight at the dog park. Some call those who use only positive reinforcement “cookie pushers” or “treat slingers.” The other side calls those who use more dominance-based techniques “choke folks” or worse – cruel and inhumane. At Dire Wolf Project, Inc., we understand that there are different dog training philosophies and we incorporate the best methods that work for our dogs. In this unit, we will explore the different training methods to give you a good idea of what types of training are out there in the dog world. When you are informed about the basic training methods employed by various trainers, you can more easily choose the best type of trainer for your dog and its needs.