I dropped in to watch Saphie in her class today since Jaffa's obedience class was right after. They were working on making positive association to objects that pups may potentially become fearful of. This training school uses a no-reward system where dogs aren't scolded (not even a no) when an undesirable action is performed, instead, the action is not rewarded with treats. In the more advance classes, you actually remove what it is your dog wants from him. To give you an example, in Jaffa's class, if I tell him to SIT and he doesn't do it, or doesn't do it fast enough, "I" his mum gets removed from him for a while (I leave the room), then I go back to him and give the same command again. It is a new training method for me, and I have to admit, not saying NO to an Airedale is a little tough LOL. Afterall, we've always joked that Jaffa's full name is Jaffa-NO! It's actually very funny to watch the class, because it looks like owners are always being put in time outs.
Anyway, this was Saphie in her class. Helen is doing so well with her, and Saphie continues to have amazing attention span and focus. What a great little dale!