Dog Collars & Techniques
Ahhh, it’s been a while… I took a much needed break from writing. I have been focusing on ethology (animal behavior) and my dog training Miami clients so my writing schedule was limited.
I am glad to be back in the writer’s seat. The optimist in me believes that as time goes on one would see less aversive and punitive techniques and hardware being used by dog trainers, the pet parents and sold in pet stores. But as I dog train in Miami and interact with the community, it is apparent that cheap and easy to come by, fly by night “dog trainers”, and punitive equipment are still rampant. It is unfortunate that when given a choice, people often tend to choose the cheap and easy way out regardless of who gets hurt and the negative health, behavioral, emotional, psychological and physical consequences.
Don’t be a Hypocrite
The hypocritical part is that if someone saw a parent or worse yet a school teacher, educating a class of toddlers by placing a choke chain around their neck the reaction would be swift and fierce. What would you do and how would you feel? Would you call the police? How about if you saw them place an electric collar, AKA a shock collar, on a toddler? Finally imagine a world where someone placed a cold, metal, pronged collar around 2 year olds neck in the name of education. I would speak up and be horrified and so would any sane individual. So why do those otherwise sane and compassionate people not do the same when it comes to another animal?
Ponder why scientists who study ethology and professional animal trainers do not place choke chains on larger animals such as Orcinus orca’s, gorillas, or tigers? Beyond the unethical and inhumane nature of the action they are simply not as effective and not used for good reason. The same reason we do not teach toddlers with these barbaric, painful and abusive devices.
It is incumbent upon me and every dog trainer, behavior specialist and pet professional to provide up-to-date, humane, ethical, most effective and efficient, force-free dog techniques and equipment to work with. It is part of my job to inform and educate my clients, the general public, other dog trainers and pet professionals who are not up-to-date on products used when training a dog and methods employed.
If you follow just one rule think of this: if you wouldn’t teach your 2 year old child in a way you are teaching your pet, time to rethink what you are doing and ask for help from Fun Paw Care.
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