Tag Archives: shock collars

Letter From The Dog

Posted on: May 21, 2017 - 1 Comment

Since when does “just a minute” only apply to humans? We dogs say it too, except when we do, you humans get angry. You let us off the rope thing to go run around and play and then you ask us to come back at the most inconvenient of times, just when we are having the best fun – playing with other dogs or chasing small fluffies. When we don’t respond, you get mad and tell us how bad we are, but apparently you don’t understand that when we hear our name, look back at you and then continue with our game, we’re also saying “just a minute”. By the way…..how long is a minute?

Nine Things That Dog Trainers Want You to Know [Part 2]

Posted on: September 8, 2016 - 4 Comments

Those of us who help modify dog behavior for a living have to try and not see things during the course of our daily life.

Why I Train Without Force

Posted on: March 9, 2016 - 1 Comment

If we love our animals, why do people find it acceptable to cause them pain or fear just for the sake of ‘training’?

Love is An Action Word

Posted on: February 10, 2016 - No Comments

Make a pledge this year to not only tweak you dog’s diet and exercise activities but to use dog-friendly leash-walking equipment and training methods.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How Not-So-Positive Trainers Use Positive Reinforcement to Reel in Clients

Posted on: September 21, 2015 - 1 Comment

Marketing is there to make you buy something- in this case, the training services of any given trainer. When trainers that use punitive methods advertise their services, they are going to be really good at selling them to you. They have to. Think about it: “We shock your dog into compliance!” is not exactly the best tag line.

Truth Wins

Posted on: August 1, 2015 - 2 Comments

People know they get great information from my Facebook page and my site and I will never abuse that trust. Thanks to everyone who stood up for the freedom to speak the truth and not be squashed by powerful commercial entities or individuals that want to cover up the truth and silence those of us who speak out.

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions

Posted on: October 18, 2014 - 6 Comments

Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More

A Dog Died Today. Because of a Trainer.

Posted on: October 6, 2014 - 47 Comments

Or trainers. I can't clearly put this in any one person's lap. Let's back up and see where we are. First off, I am not going to identify the trainer(s), the dog, or the family. My purpose is not to belittle or attack anyone. Instead I want this to be a learning experience for other trainers and a warning to owners.

Every Dog Owner Should Know About This New Shock Collar Study

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - 55 Comments

A new study has found that the use of shock collars (also known as electronic collars or e-collars) can cause symptoms of distress in dogs, even if used according to industry guidelines.

The Truth Behind Positive Training

Posted on: March 27, 2014 - 1 Comment

On Sunday 23rd March 2014 there was a great article about dog training in the Sunday Telegraph as well as in the Telegraph online.  The article highlighted a study that found pets trained using aversive methods were 15 times more likely to exhibit symptoms of stress than those trained using "positive" techniques and that training Read More

Shock Collars

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 7 Comments

Shock or electric collars are devices placed around a dog's neck which connect to a handheld transmitter which remotely delivers varying levels of electric shocks to the dog's neck. Having already been deemed illegal as abusive tools by many countries such as Finland, parts of Canada and parts of the United Kingdom, shock collars theoretically Read More

Methods & Equipment

Posted on: January 15, 2014 - No Comments

With so many training methods and types of equipment to choose from these days, how do you know which methods are the right ones to use and which training products are safe for your dog? To successfully navigate this confusing arena, there is one primary decision every dog owner needs to make when deciding which Read More

Victoria on Anderson Live – April 25, 2013

Posted on: April 24, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell joins Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show Anderson Live on Thursday April 25th. During the two-part segment, Victoria will discuss the training tips and power of positive training as detailed in her new book, Train Your Dog Positively.

Victoria Blasts Shock Collars in the Chicago Tribune

Posted on: April 19, 2013 - 7 Comments

Victoria was featured in the Chicago Tribune, where she was interviewed by Pet World's Steve Dale. In the article, she discusses how to choose a good dog trainer and the details of her new book, but especially delves into the dangers of electronic collars.

Positively Dog Training Episode 311

Posted on: December 13, 2012 - 3 Comments

Reindog recap, shock collars, Noah's Ark animal sanctuary, Peter Emily's veterinary dentistry, BAT creator Grisha Stewart, and Ask Victoria questions about redirection, growling and more.

Electronic Collars vs Traditional Leashes for Exercising Dogs on Town Streets—a Cause of Debate in One Small Town in Missouri

Posted on: January 17, 2011 - 23 Comments

By Sophia Yin, DVM, MS   A reader, Donnie Rion of Carl Junction Missouri, recently emailed with the following dilemma, which will be debated in a town council meeting later this week. The town I live in is looking to revise their leash law to allow dog owners to us electronic leashes to walk their Read More

The Problem with Punishment

Posted on: March 11, 2010 - 9 Comments

Training is a critical component of our relationship with dogs. Training isn’t about teaching dogs to do tricks for our amusement or about bending them to our will; it’s about enhancing communication between species and assuring good outcomes for everybody. And it’s another way to enhance the human-animal bond, and the particularly special relationship we Read More

Is Punishment Really a Quick Fix?

Posted on: January 10, 2010 - 13 Comments

I’ve just gotten off the phone with a distressed dog owner. His year-old beagle has recently taken to barking at other dogs and people on walks, and has a long-standing habit of barking in the yard when left alone. After a bit of discussion, the man divulged that the dog had been wearing a shock Read More