A Pit Bull vs. A Honda

Pitbull and Honda

Pit Bulls And Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) (Updated 2020) The shocking similarity between a “Pit Bull” and a Honda Accord. Perverted enough, a car and a dog are both considered things and objects under the law to be owned.  Perhaps for the objects, this makes sense, but this should be found shocking for the living, […]

Dog Owner, Cat Owner vs. Dog Parent, Cat Parent

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Dog Owner or Dog Parent? (Updated 2020) As long as we oppress other living beings, we will create a culture of oppression. Dog Owner, Cat Owner vs. Dog Parent, Cat Parent. What’s The Difference? The Case to Move Beyond Dog & Cat Ownership It is time to evolve and move beyond ownership and live in […]

Sports For Dogs or People

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Ethics of Dog Sports Is that an oxymoron? Who regulates dog sports ethics? Dog sports, breeding, conformation, agility, obedience competition, working dogs…etc., are all so common that many don’t even blink an eye when they are mentioned. But who is looking out for a dogs’ rights and welfare? Dog Sports Analogue To People The well-off […]

Dogs in Extreme Sports

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Do Dogs Belong In Extreme Sports? Here are some scenarios that  I have seen on the news lately. A dog is stuffed into a backpack and worn by the pet parent as he base-jumps off a cliff. A dog is hooked up to a sling line and is dangling precariously, thousands of feet above a […]

Dogs Are Equipment & Property? – Dog Trainer Los Angeles

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Pets Have No Rights (Updated 2020) In the United States and in most countries around the world, specieism persists while all other earth nonhuman animals (hereinafter called animals) are disregarded and afforded no rights. This is the sad state of affairs that needs to change for all animals to coexist, thrive, and live healthy lives. […]

Pet Store and Puppy Mill Dogs – Dog Trainer in Los Angeles CA

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Puppy Mills Online And In Stores (Updated 2020) Many people cannot resist the urge to buy a dog or cat from a puppy store or online website (most of which are puppy mills) or dog breeders, where the unscrupulous, unethical purveyors display dogs and cats like shiny inanimate objects. The real problem occurs once the […]

“Pit Bulls” & Irresponsible Journalism

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“Pit Bulls” Bad Rap From Journalists (Updated 2020) As a Los Angeles certified professional dog trainer (CPDT) and certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC), I read a lot of misinformation, from uniformed and incorrect journalists and animal “experts.”  Primarily because dog training, behavior, and the entire pet industry are completely unregulated! I was saddened at reading an […]

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race Kills Dogs In the Name of Tradition

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The Iditarod Is Dangerous And Cruel The Iditarod Dog Sled Race Kills Dogs In The Name Of Tradition As an author,  Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), I feel compelled to respond to a recent article about Dorada, an Alaskan Husky who recently dropped dead because of the Iditarod dog sled race. […]

AKC Hoax

AKC Sham

Is the AKC A Hoax? While dog training, Los Angeles pet parents witness many sham organizations but perhaps none quite as ubiquitous and paradoxical as the AKC. What type of club values a tradition that trumpets and fully supports pain, dismemberment, and mutilation? Not a very humane or sane one. American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy Mill […]

Ear Cropping, Tail Docking & Declawing Ethical?

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Is Ear Cropping and Tail Docking Ethical? (Updated 2020) Throughout my dog training career, I have seen many unpleasant examples of animal exploitation.  For example, why do we dock the tails and crop the ears of dogs (mutilate and disfigure) for our pleasure?  In this article, I will be focusing primarily on Canis lupus familiaris […]

Pet Ownership: Right or Privilege?

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Dog “Ownership” A Basic Human Right Or Privilege? (Updated 2020) Here are all of the dog training equipment, collars, harnesses, and pet products that we recommend I was speaking with a Los Angeles dog training friend of mine and we got to talking about traditional and balanced dog “trainers” with regards to corrections (typically used […]

“Pit Bull” Service Dog Manifesto

“Pit Bull” Service Dog Manifesto (Updated 2020) With so many citizens owning “Pit Bulls,” while throwing caution to the wind and thumbing their noses at ignorant Breed Specific Legislation and Breed Discrimination Legislation (BSL/BDL) laws, it got me thinking about how many working “Pit Bull” service dogs there are in cities with archaic discriminatory BSL […]

How to Use a Shock Collar Correctly

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Should You Use A Shock Collar? (Updated 2020) If you are considering using a dog training collar such as a shock collar (euphemistically referred to as a vibration collar, static collar, pager collar, tingle collar, tickle collar, E collar, recall collar, electric collar, positive reinforcement collar, stimulation collar, remote “training” collar, prong collar or choke […]

Cesar Millan the “Dog Whisperer”

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Dog Whisperer? What is a “dog whisperer”? In reality, it is typically someone who understands dogs through the science of ethology and cognitive ethology. In no way does someone’s claims of being a dog whisperer give them the right to abuse a dog. In order to communicate with a dog and understand them and vice-versa, […]

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