I don’t purposefully use aversives in my training. Datson’s experience with the hornet’s sting was a clear example of the potential long-term effects. Using aversives to train dogs to do things which are simple to train with food, such as obedience behaviours, can mean a dog who may now respond to certain cues but is fearful (a welfare concern for the dog) or aggressive (a welfare concern for the dog and the humans, too). And using aversives to train a dog who is already fearful and aggressive is nonsensical.
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