I favor operant conditioning as I am not very interested in making my dog do any tricks.
It always did seem rather silly, to have your dog do all sorts of stupid little tricks like roll over or beg. I mean, what is the point in that kind of stuff? Sheesh!
But anyway, a good hiking dogs needs to learn a few simple behaviors in order to ensure his own safety. it took my malemute a matter of mere minutes to learn his left from his right.
Now when I say "Gee" he turns left, and "Haw" means turn right. This way, when we come to a fork in the trail, I can tell him which way we should go.
All of this way done with operant conditioning of course. I believe I could teach this dog to write basic limericks with operant conditioning sometimes, he's so blooming smart.
Anyone else out there agree with me? Only teach a dog the things he will really need in life, not a bunch of nazi nonsense? And when you do teach a trick, always keep the training very positive, using only positive reinforcement instead of punishments or negative reinforcements. Amirite?