We recommend and prefer Positive Reinforcement Training. My background is in the Zoo field, and I’ve worked with VERY large and dangerous animals such as Rhinos & Tigers. I’ve had them learn to let me take blood and give them injections cooperatively and without putting either of us in danger. Positive. Reinforcement.
Golden Retrievers are VERY food motivated which makes positive reinforcement pretty easy! They can also be a bit on the sensitive side, which means that heavy handed methods can sometimes “break their spirit” aka “ruin an otherwise great dog”.
But remember, positive does NOT mean permissive!
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