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.”

FALSE

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:

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/shockcollars.html

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-

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Clicker training.. wha?

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