I think it goes something like this:
- You’ll never get a reliable recall with R+
- I have a reliable recall with R+
- Sure, with no distractions, but can you call your dog away from a squirrel?
- My dog doesn’t chase squirrels, squirrels climb trees and he knows that. He chases rabbits though, and yes, I can call him off a live chase.
- He must not have high prey drive. If he had a real prey drive you couldn’t use R+
- Actually his high drive makes him easier to train R+
- Well you have a biddable breed.
- He’s a mutt.
etc. etc. etc.
Its the “yeah but” argument. “Yeah but” your dog is a herding breed with magic recall. “Yeah but” your dog is food driven. “Yeah but” you have a biddable breed.
A friend of mine once said “I could teach my dog to ride my horse side saddle while smoking a cigar and it still wouldn’t be enough for these folks.” And you know what? She was right!
"We become better trainers by refusing to swallow uncritically what is tossed to us as truth,
by developing our powers of empathy and observation,
and by searching for better ways to teach and educate the dogs we love."