A fantastic movement is on in Canada to ban shock collars. Here is the information site, including a link to the petition needed to get it considered by parliament.
And here is a link to an interview I did with Michael Howie of Fur Defenders Radio on the usual arguments trotted out by shock collar advocates.
After video surfaced of trainer Jeffrey Schultz hitting and making a dog scream, Schultz defended his actions by saying that the context (the dog snapping at him) was omitted in the video. In a follow-up story on CBS by Jeff Paul, a past client of Schultz, Gary (who did not want his last name used) suggested that such measures were the thin line protecting children from being bitten and dogs from euthanasia. His reply when asked by the reporter if it’d be concerning if his own dog were so treated:
“Absolutely it’d bother me. But what would bother me more is if my dog bit some child at a park and then at some point it’s euthanized,” said Gary.
This logic has been completely debunked by all available research, such as here, here, here, here and here, position statements by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Animal Hospital Association behavior management guidelines, and the clinical experience of thousands of practitioners who treat the most serious cases and explicitly warn owners away from people such as Jeffrey Schultz. Because what he does actually increases the likelihood of aggression in dogs.
A superb blog post by Jess Miller that deconstructs the contention that “respect” can function as a motivator in dog training, along with why it’s appealing to people to wish for it to be so.
Housesoiling is always near the top of the list of behavior problems associated with relinquishment. Dogs also take a fair amount of abuse in the name of pottying. I have a current advanced student in Fort Lauderdale, Helen Verte, who is dazzling in many ways, but who has outdone everything I’ve ever seen on the topic of housetraining. It’s a one-hour, twenty-buck webinar, with the two great virtues of dead-on accurate, field-tested, can’t-fail information and engaging, client-friendly language and examples. Cherry on the sundae is it carries a CPDT CEU credit for trainers. She’s making noises about making it available as a lunch & learn for vet practices locally and I so hope she does that. Muah to her for this contribution.
Anyway, It’s called “Housetraining 123” and is here:
The Academy has enlisted the services of a marketing expert to find out what dog guardians want in pet dog trainers.
If you are a trainer, please share the survey link below with your clients.
If you are a dog owner, we would love if you could spare the time to get involved by completing the online survey. It should only take about 10 minutes. Your responses will be collated centrally and independently – they won’t be attributed to you personally. The link to the survey below – just click and you’re there.
If you’re willing to chat to the researchers about your views in a follow up interview, that would be fantastic too. Just check the box at the end of the survey and include your email address and they’ll get in touch. If not, they won’t contact you further. The responses they get will have tremendous value in setting standards for the future. And rest assured, your information absolutely won’t be used for marketing purposes. As a thank you for your time, you can opt to enter a prize draw for a copy of a Perfect Paws in 5 Days DVD. If you’d like to do so, just enter your email address at the end of the survey. (Again, they’ll only use this information to let you know if you’ve won.)
Please take part if you possibly can. Thanks in advance. The survey is open until October 4. Here’s the link:
If you’d like to participate, go to the Facebook group Out of the Goldfish Bowl and get ahold of the template to build your own (or your dogs’) to submit to Leonard.
Even if you’re like me and not a football fan, you might find this podcast on the physics of football fascinating.