A couple nights ago I was at work and a woman came in with a malinois. When she initially approached me for assistance the Mal was wiggly and wanted to greet, when he got about half way to me the woman jerked him so hard backward that he spun around. She had the lead clipped to both a flat buckle and a prong. That was the first thing I noticed, my initial impression was she knew nothing of her tools, otherwise she'd know prongs should not be used with any other collar. She then went on to say he was a PPD but only 1.5 years old so he wasn't as focused yet. We spoke for about 15 minutes about products and the Mal, all the while he was leaning on me enjoying his butt scratches. She said she wanted him to keep his friendly disposition but wished he'd stay focused. All I could think is if she keeps jerking him like that every time he tries to greet he's not going to want to be friendly. She also said something to the affect that Mals make bad pets, you can't yell at them like you can yell at a BC. All I could think is I'd rather see a Mal in a typical household than a BC, the Mal would probably adjust better to lower exercise/stimuli than the BC ever would. Images of Kikopups video of the pair of Mals working without intimidation or corrections and not needing to be yelled at, and Tab289 and Solea(not a Mal, I know) played over in my head as this lady tried to justify her need for force. I'm quite sure I made all of those faces during our conversation. And being at work I didn't want to get into an argument with a customer. I would love to see someone train and compete in Personal Protection using progressive reinforcement. I think this is one area of training that hasn't really been focused on by the +R camp. Rant over.