Hey, all. I'm posting this in the General Thread because I'm hoping for a wide viewing "audience," but if it's better in another section, Mods, please move it to where it should be. Thanks. I'm hopefully, probably, possibly, maybe getting a Sheltie puppy in the next couple months. Yay! While I've had Shelties before, as well as German Shepherds, a Rottweiler, Poodles, a Chihuahua, and a Schnauzer, I haven't had a dog as a puppy in almost 10 years. The research on how best to train a dog has vastly changed from the last time I was actively working a dog for obedience. It was almost 20 years ago when I was using Alpha training to get my Rottie ready for the Obedience ring. It worked really well for that purpose but not so much for life--he certainly obeyed ME without any problems, but with everyone else, including my wife and children, he felt HE was the alpha male. (Oh, and we never made it to the ring because we moved to the middle of nowhere in another state so I didn't get to keep up MY training on how to do obedience training.) In trying to do research on this topic now, I'm finding Don Sullivan's Perfect Dog vs. The Dog Whisperer vs. Marker/Clicker/Food Rewards vs. Never-Use-Food-As-A-Reward vs. Never Use Correction Tactics vs. Leerburg-"Use-A-Shock-Collar" vs. Zak George is an idiot vs. The Dog Whisperer has no clue vs. Just-use-a-rolled-up-newspaper-it-worked-for-my-parents-when-they-trained-Fluffy vs. You get the idea. (I'm obviously being a bit facetious here, but NOT MUCH! Have you seen what's out there?!?) So, what's best? What's the best method particularly with Shelties? And particularly with a Sheltie that I hope to get into the Obedience ring one day? Like I said, it's been a long time and what was supposed to be the best technique back then isn't considered that anymore. Thanks for the help. And sorry this is so long.