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Dave I do the growling thing and I also ask Posh to trust me and do things in agility that she "should" balk at. So, I actually have to disagree with you. I do admire your philosophy I just think you really have to be consistent no matter which route you go in your training and find what works for you.
I am, from observation and my own experience following the ideas of respect and alpha confidence/leader behavior. I take on all of Posh's fears because of this confidence, and I have the most confident little dog. Really with the wrong person I think she could have turned into a little monster, but we are a good team. I do growl when she does dominant things and she doesn't cower she just starts making better choices-like stopping her bark, and going through all of her "tricks" as rapidly as she can.
Unfortunately, there are so many people that consider their dogs to be human and do all kinds of weird things that eventually make their dogs annoying, out of control, and sometimes dangerous. Then, typically these people make excuses for their "baby" that it's just the way they are, that it's their unique little quirks, these bad habits which make them uniquely their beloved Rover.
I think I remember Dale explaining that she had a dog that treated her like a bone vs. the leader. I want to be my dog's main bitch, not her main bone.