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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different strokes for different folks…

PUPS Dog Training

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Different strokes for different folks? Different things appeal to different people.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Different strokes for different folks'?

This expression began life in the USA in the 1960s. The first person is known to have used it is the boxer, Muhammed Ali.

Here's an example is taken from the transcript of an interview he gave while preparing for his fight with Cleveland Williams in November 1966, in which he was explaining his boxing style: "I don't have any [big] punch. I just hit a man so many times he wished I had a punch." and, explaining his knock-out punches against Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson, he said: "I got different strokes for different folks."

Ali went on to win the fight which saw the first use of his famous Ali Shuffle.

Dog Obedience Training

In the Dog Training World, the phrase “Different Strokes For Different Folks” it will always and definitely bring you into the hotly debated concept of Dog Training Systems.

However, I am not going down that lane. I am talking about being flexibility, ability and adaptability to the situation, see the different type of dogs as an individual, ability to improvise etc. Train your dog to be an obedient companion for life.

In the Concept of Positive Reinforcement Dog Training System, it entails the Training System of A + B = C!

In my early years of Pet Dog Training, I have many house rules that I think it's absolutely a SOLID NO for certain behaviours, such as sleeping on owner's bed, jumping on the couches, reward your dog for nothing, leashing your dog for a long extended period of time, feeding on dining table etc ...

However, I guess we need to learn to see the same issue at different angles and views.