Training and 'punishing' are completely different things.
I'm just saying that training a dog is beneficial. And it isn't cruel to train a dog.
I also love my dog. That's why I trained her. She is much happier being allowed out whenever, chickens in, chickens out, than having to stay inside...
Harsh methods? What harsh methods? Using the leave it command, along with others, doesn't strike me as harsh.
We aren't talking about wiping out a trait.
We're talking about training a dog to use its skills in a way that doesn't cause harm.
My dog didn't suffer when I taught her that the...
The 'Leave it' command is a very useful one. My collie cross was very easy to train, fortunately. She did almost get a few of the birds.
They are eager to please.
It can be done, and I don't believe it's cruel to train a beagle not to chase chickens, he just needs to funnel that enthusiasm...