Where You Begin, Punishment Ends

There’s no room for pain in a relationship. Take a stand against shock, choke and prong collars.

Talking with a puppy parent last week, she was sharing how she was struggling with her dog’s leash pulling.

She mentioned how many friends, neighbors and passerbys mentioned to her about using an electronic collar, prong collar or choke chain.

I asked her what her understanding of how those tools work?

She didn’t know.

I shared with her that those tools cause the dog pain which shuts down the dog from doing what dog’s naturally do.

Behaviors like sniffing the ground and zigzagging on a walk (believe it or not, dogs don’t naturally walk in a straight line, they meander and are following their nose).

These tools are designed to punish those behaviors.

Dogs experiencing learned helplessness is what is described as a dog giving up because there is no other option. The bad situation is inescapable or unchangeable.

As the conversation with the puppy parent continued, she shared she didn’t agree with those tools, but she wasn’t aware of what other options were available.

This puppy parent values teaching her dog with do no harm principles.

Her value of building a relationship and cooperation with her dog was a priority and she inherently knew tools like prong, choke and shock collars went against her values, but she was at a loss of not having access to information that is aligned with her values.

With new information presented, she was excited about the possibilities.

Other options she expressed she never tried before were counting games! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fV3pExLrFjk&fbclid=IwAR1X6-GZDHh2KLQI315U2HXD9UJt4QemtjAxy–vqUX3hbVkImz1Yy4PNUI

When she learned how simple this activity is and recognized that going slow and building distance in the walk is secondary to building the engagement between her and her dog, gave her a sense of relief.

Are you looking to build connection and cooperation with your dog, but not sure how? Schedule a Discovery Call with me and we can chat!

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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