The Dog Father–” The Perfect Dog” Or as I call it -The Perfect lie

No, do not worry I will not keep yacking or talking trash about other dog trainers though out this blog.  However, when I did see his ad on tv (ran close to 24 hours on one station), it was clear that there are a few things that need to be said.  While yes I understand to sell your items you may want to bash other ways of training there is however, a way to make your training look good without telling a lie.  Believe me, do not believe EVERYTHING you see on T.V, most of the time the people who are selling these items are just wanting to make a fast buck.  It amazes me how negative dog trainers are forceful in their adverting, while you have a better ways of training and the positive trainers aren’t in your face 24-7.

First of all the so-called “Dog Father” is working on out dated ways of teaching a dog, he is one of a few trainers who just really do not want to learn anything new.  To these trainers, scaring or hurting your dog to get the behavior you want quickly and fast is better than taking the time and doing it the right way.  But, let us forget and not mention the mental and physical damage you are causing your dog…

Dog Father: ” The Command Collar® is NOT an electronic collar, shock collar, or noise emitting collar. It is manually operated and it is simply designed to emulate a mother dog’s natural corrective process.”


This is no longer true, it has even been proven in wolves in the wild.  The mother dog or the alpha dog does not bite down with ANY pressure on another dog’s neck.  What happens is a muzzle( or neck) touch, and when I mean touch it is lightly done, and the lower ranking dog rolls onto  his or her back on his or her OWN, without force (or quickly stops the behavior).  The other dog will also get up (if the pup is nipping hard) and walk away from the pup who is causing trouble.  Thus not rewarding the behavior with ANYTHING negative or positive.  They see the more aggressive version that he speaks of when its wolves trap in a zoo area, with little land and free range food for the pack.

Dog Father:” The Command Collar® is NOT an electronic collar, shock collar, or noise emitting collar.”

False:  While yes, it is not an electronic collar/shock (By the way same thing) or noise collar this collar is just ANOTHER version of a prong collar.  It causes pressure on the neck which can easily lead to neck issues, eye sight issues, back issues, as well as even causing blood clots and strokes.  Yes this has happened and does happen all the time.  Sadly while our dogs are trying to please us they can not stand up and state “hey this is hurting”…  Let us remember dogs are not our slaves and should not be treated as slaves… THEY are living breathing beings which means they have nerves, blood vessels and muscles that can be damage by these types of collars…  Lets put it this way… would you want  a school to start using prong collars on your kids??  “Well, little Billy was talking with a classmate so I gave a quick pull on his prong collar…he doesn’t speak anymore and don’t worry those buses will heal…”  Yeah, I didn’t think you would want to see schools doing this to human children, why should we be doing this to dogs.  Who by the way have been proven to at least have the metal status of a toddler.

Dog Father: “No more use of fatty treats, that do not train your dog to respect you!”

FALSE:  Reward based training… ok I have had many questions about this… A good positive reinforcement trainer will right off the bat tell you that treats are not ment to be used as a life long thing.  The treat size you should be giving your dog as a reward should only be the size of a pea.  No bigger, you can even go smaller as well if need be, and on top of that treats are shortly phased out of the dogs training( Let us not forget some dogs are not even food motivated, this leads to other rewards such as: Pets, toys, and even sometimes walks).  They are only there to first reinforce the behavior you want and are soon replaced with voice praised and rubs, or even a toss of a toy.  None of the dogs I have trained have gotten “Fat” and my own dogs are all very fit and lean.  Most of the time a reason why a dog is gaining a lot of weight is he or she is getting the wrong type of food for that time in their life.

I also didn’t know you had to cause pain and rough up any living being to earn his or her’s respect  I guess Ghandi really did a beat down with anyone who did not see eye to eye with him…

Even the vet association is speaking out and stating it is time to get away from the negative training , for the betterment for the dogs health, and treatment of the dogs.  Some countries are even banning these collars (prong,choke,shock and so on), myself I hope to see the USA to catch up with these other countries.  Many countries will even fine you thousands of dollars  if the collar is even found in your home.  Humans need to learn that not everything has to be instant. It’s important to put the work into making a better dog.  Why are humans so in need of causing pain to get what they want? It’s a sad fact, and I think we need to start looking at ourselves and what we are doing to another living being and ask why do we need to use painful methods even though there are better ones out there.

Dog Father: “Will even stop aggression!”

False:  This doesn’t stop it, but instead covers it up… which can lead to bigger issues down the road.  Your dog, when he or she is being aggressive,  gives you signs before the aggressioon occurs.  You start pulling on his or her neck using aggression you are just cause the dog to stop all the signs and will one day snap and this leads to the common saying “There was NO signs or warnings”. Yes…yes, there was however, you did not train yourself to see it and you just trained your dog to turn off his or her warning signs.  “Aggression against aggression is only going to cause more aggression.”   To put it in a picture we could all understand as humans:  a woman was beaten every day of her married life, one time her husband came home from a bad day and decide he would take it out on her.  This time however, the wife with her kitchen knife in hand killed her husband.”  Aggression was brought out in this woman who  might have easily been a mellow person, however was pushed her to the edge.

I have seen owners place prong, and shock collars on their dogs to “Stop them from growling or going after people or other dogs”.  I have then seen those dogs at the fence collar wise and growling soft enough so the collar does not go off, and some dogs didn’t even care about the highest setting.  After all they are now thinking the pain the collar is giving them is from the thing they are looking at… So its best to kill whatever, is causing that pain.

So before you throw on that easy collar of pain wether it be shock, prong, sound, spray think about this… Would you want this on you all day or when you go out of the house… Some say I test out the shock collar it doesn’t hurt me… Well, why don’t we up the shock to the point it would feel like what the dog would feel it meaning, the shock maybe low for humans however, for a dog it is very painful, if it wasn’t why wouldn’t they just keep on going…  Just think about it this way, do I want to be that type of person who is so lazy that I want the quick way out insted of putting the time and CARE into the dog who is a family member that I would put into a human child.  And if you are the type of person who says that he or she doesn’t have the time to put into the training, maybe its time to find the dog a new home, after all they aren’t just  a tv or a game- they are in fact a living being with feelings, and needs.

Websites you may want to read more about:

Prong collar”They do not cause any harm” haha yeah sure… here is a light pull to med pull:

I have even seen dogs with black and blues all over their neck from these.  And by the way can you say mid evil much, I think as a whole the human race could do a little bit better than using something like this.

Till next time -Green Paw-

Next time on the Green Paw:

Clicker training.. wha?

The Wubba toy


Breed of the Month: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in Yarmouth County, at the Southern tip of Nova Scotia during the early nineteenth century. It was crossed between: red European decoy dog (Or so to believe), spaniel, setter, or retriever as well as the farm Collies. The first Toller came into the USA during the 1960s.



These dogs have a lot of energy being alert but, not hyperactive and can adjust too many circumstances. They are good with children, other dogs and pets. They are willing to please and wanting to learn. But bore easily and then can be a bit stubborn. 

Major concerns: none
Minor: CHD,PRA
Life Span: 11-13 years
Males: 45-52Lb Females: 35-42Lb
Height: Males: 18-21” Females: 17-20”




Training Tip: Start as soon as  you get your puppy.  This means as soon as you pick him or her up from the breeder start leash training as you are walking to the car with the puppy.  With treats in hands and being positive with getting the puppy to come to you, he or she will have a better start and understanding about the leash and what needs to be done.  

Different dogs, have different drives, one Nova Scotia may be more food driven, while another puppy maybe more into toys.  Bring both toys and treats and see what the puppy reacts to the most.  You will now know what the puppy will want to work for to please you.  

Gear tips:  While collars are pretty and a nice place to hang your doggie tags on, collars can lead to damage within the thort of a growing and older dogs.  I would highly recommend using an easy harness the body  version.  By using this kind of harness you know there will be no trauma to the thort while there is tugging or pulling.  The harness itself allows the body weight of the dog to be more even out around the whole body.  By also using this it allows you to also train your puppy and older dog that walking next to you will get them further down the road.  So keep the collars for the tags, and use the harness for walks, it will give you more control in a more humane way. 



Next Time on The Green Paw: 

The Dog Father–” The Perfect Dog”  Or as I call it -The Perfect lie-

Lets clear somethings up as it seems a lot of his information is out of date, and way off track.. His attack against Positive Reinforcement…

As well as an Intro about clicker and Positive Reinforcement-  The need not to be aggressive to your furry family member.

The Whale Torpedo-Dog toy review

Hey there, Green Paw here.

I told you I was going to review the whale torpedo.  I was hoping it was going to be a little bit later in the week or maybe in the month… However, after just three days… lets just say I will explain in a moment.

I was walking through a pet store when my eyes caught onto a picture of a dog wearing 3-d glasses, under that was a large funny looking fish (or whale).  It has all the colors a dog can see: Yellow, blue with funky shapes.  The body of the toy is nice and pudgy, which then leads to a thinner tail. At the end of the tail is three separate fins.

The back of the packaging explained what colors dogs  can see, and the reason behind using the colors on the toy is so dogs will play with the toy more than usual (supposedly).  While yes, my dogs fell in love with the toy, which  is a bonus, it isn’t so much a bonus for the toy.

Little bit more info on the toy:

The toy is from HIGH VIZ technology, sadly made in China however….  As I was checking  on their company online site, I noticed the one thing I have been trying to stay away from.  “The Dog Whisperer” aka Caesar Millan.  There is a reason why I try to stay away from this dog trainer and ALL of his products which will be also talked about later on in the Green Paw.  On that note I would like to mention if you are going to follow any “Dog Whisperer”, please look up Paul Owens, the original Dog Whisperer.  Ok, time to get back on track….


While at first I did not know that info about who the company supports,  I decided I would let the dogs play with the toy, after all I already had  paid for it.

Within in the first hour or so of the dogs picking it up, tossing it between each other, the white color on the whale had already turn dirty looking (this was inside as well) so the fabric of this toy picks up dirt, dust you name it, it will find it.  I shrugged it off ok not a biggie, it was bound to get dirty sooner or later.  While my oldest Golden grabbed a hold of one end the youngest tugged on the other. It began to stretch.  Oddly enough the toy itself did not break.  “At the moment I thought what a great toy, maybe this one will be worthy of the two paws up or more.”

The next day my youngest Golden picked it up and was carrying it around, soon she sat down.  I only took my eyes off her for about four minutes as I was working on my computer.  As I checked in with her I noticed the toy was on the ground however, something yellow was sticking out of her mouth!  It was one of the three fins, which sewing had come undone and off of the whale.

I quickly picked up the toy and the fin, eyed the toy itself, “well… no stuffing is out of the toy”, and it seems the fins themselves were not filled with any stuffing.

At this point I just threw out the one lonely fin, and on the third day allowed some play time with their friend the whale.  Both Goldens were playing and chasing each other around till my oldest decided she was ready to take a break.  Nyssa, the youngest, laid down cuddling with the toy…Another 20 minutes later both dogs had gotten up and headed to the door to be let out…there on the ground laid the Whale, and its little fishy guts spilling out from where the tail meets the body.  This however had stuffing, thus ends the tale (haha) of the Whale torpedo…  The poor thing didn’t even make it to the water testing as it states it can float…

Over all score:


toughness: o

Price: (was around 14 however, should have been very less with how it was made)

Buy again: 0 Paws

Long term toy: 0 Paws (unless you are a millionaire who can buy these ever other day, do not try it)

While the idea of this toy was great, and using colors that would keep a dog into the toy, there is still a lot that needs to be redone on this toy.  If you are just looking for a stuff toy for your bed, this one would be for you just don’t let your furry family member play with it.

Next time on The Green Paw

Dog Breed of the Month