Training your dog to a level that allows him to be taken anywhere, under various distractions, without any doubt in your mind that your dog will listen to you every time, is a lot more than teaching your dog the commands and holding a treat to his nose.
Trainers that only use positive reinforcement are doing you and your dog a huge disservice. Here is why:
They tell you they will never use corrections to your dog because it's what they think you want to hear. And maybe that is the case. But we are going to lie to you to get into your pocket book. We really want to get your dog to be a loving, obedient companion that you really want. So I will explain to you why there has to be some sort of safe correction for most dogs.
Dogs are like people in a way. They may do a command while you have a treat for them, but once there is something they would rather have than that treat they will stop listening.
For instance, you are out at the park and you want your dog to lie down. You wave the treat in his face in hopes he will stay there, but all of a sudden, another dog comes to the park. Your dog jumps up and runs after the dog.
You see, the treat was worth lying down for until something he would rather do comes along. And that isn't the level of training your dog needs to be able to live life without a leash. What if he ran across the road, or chased a cat five blocks down the street?
What you would find is that you will not enjoy taking your dog places, then you will just start leaving him at home all the time because you can't control him.
The saddest thing in the dog world is a dog that's sole purpose is to sit in the house and live life alone in the house, yard, or kennel.
Once a dog learns the command 100 percent. Then we introduce small corrections only when the dog knowingly disobeys a command. We don't do it because we are mean. We do it because we love our dogs, and want them to be obedient so we can give them the freedom they desperately need.
I rarely have to ever correct my dog anymore because he always listens. And he is one of the happiest dogs because I take him everywhere being he is such a joy to have with me. No chains, no cages, freedom, thru off-leash obedience training.