- Over-enthusiasm when greeting other dogs or people
- Your dog leading you
Can’t take your dog all the places you want to due to:
We all know how important it is to train our pets from the moment they enter our lives. Because we love them, our intent is to keep them safe and happy, while we do our best to socialize them, integrate them into the family and teach them good manners.
Even with the best of intentions 8 out of 10 dogs are being re-homed or euthanized in the United States despite the increases in dog training participation.
Many of the popular training methods used today do not really work because they rely on bribery or force and do not develop trusting and respectful relationships to enhance your dog’s innate ability to easily follow your judgment as the leader of the pack! And none of these training tools assist you in teaching your dog how to properly harness their energy in a totally humane and pain free manner.
Go into any pet store and you’ll find the traditional material collars, metal choke chains, neck collars, prong collars and shock collars. It’s been proven that each of these archaic tools can have possible negative effects on your dog’s throat, trachea, neck, spine, eyes and emotional states, and none of them were designed to truly honor the unconditional love, respect and care our dogs and puppies deserve.
Current Training Tools:
A metal chain around your dog’s neck designed to “pop” or “jerk” your dog to attention by choking them in hopes that they will learn what they are not supposed to do before they get choked. The chain is supposed to release once popped but if the dog continues to pull the metal chain will not release. This improper tool can cause severe damage to the trachea, throat, neck, eyes, and esophagus.
If used on a human, it would constitute cruel and unusual punishment; so why would you continue to use it on your dog? Choke chains are a tool of punishment and do not nurture respectful training and reinforcement. This tool does not teach your dog to manage their energy in a humane way, it is harmful for any breed.
In a retrospective study on spinal pain, injury or changes in dogs conducted in Sweden, Hallgreen (1992) found that 91% of dogs with cervical anomalies experienced harsh jerks on lead or had a long history of pulling on the lead. Uses of chokers was also overrepresented in this group. This strongly suggests that such corrections are potentially injurious. - Karen Overall: Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals.
This tool is designed to stop a dog from pulling, by wrapping a nylon strap around the dog’s nose, and cinching under the chin. Many people mistake nose haltis for muzzles. A positive tool when used correctly. However when used improperly, as is often the case if you have not been taught by a knowledgable Professional Dog Trainer can cause harm to your dog’s neck and spine!
This is the harshest of all training tools. A collar emits an electrical shock to reprimand the dog into obeying, by use of fear. It can work in only the extreme cases of saving a dog’s life that refuses to listen. Unfortunately, this collar can affect a dog’s entire nervous system and relationship to energetic appliances forever. The collar does not teach the dog to think for themselves or harness their energy in a positive way. A fearful dog may do harm to themselves or others.
Choke and shock collars are designed to stop dogs from pulling on a leash and from barking through the application of pain. The dog stops pulling - because it hurts. - San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
This collar was designed by a veterinarian to simulate a mother dog grabbing the neck of her puppy. This metal collar with flat head prongs, digs into the dog’s neck every time the dog pulls. There have been many cases of dogs pulling right through these prongs and wind up with serious puncture wounds on their necks. The collars can be extremely dangerous to humans who happen to catch their fingers between the prongs. Ultimately this painful collar does not teach the dog to master its own energy, but rather simply to be cautious of the prongs.
Ordinary harnesses are a great device to avoid choking your dog. Keep in mind that most dogs can still pull on a harness, because it does not effectively serve as a training method, but is used only as a tool. Most ordinary harnesses clasp behind the dog’s shoulders, giving THEM the advantage of engaging the power of their front legs to brace and continue to pull against pressure. Ordinary harnesses that clip at the front and have adjustments at your dog’s shoulders generally don’t fit your dog properly and impinge on their shoulder movement which is critical for proper structure.
“In 30 years of practice (including 22 as a veterinary advisor to a police dog section) I have seen numerous severely sprained necks, cases of fainting, transient foreleg paresis and hind leg ataxia after robust use of the "check" chain. When the practice of slamming the dog sideways with a jerk that brought the foreparts clear of the ground and two or three feet towards the handler, became popular in the 1970's the resulting painful condition was known as "Woodhouse neck" in this practice. Some of these cases exhibited misalignment of cervical vertebrae on radiographs. My ophthalmology colleagues have decided views on the relation between compression of the neck, intraocular pressure disturbances and damage to the cervical sympathetic nerve chain resulting in Horner's syndrome. I personally have seen a case of swollen eyes with petechial scleral hemorrhage and a number of temporarily voiceless dogs" - Robin Walker, Vet Record.