The Pet Professional Guild posted an “open letter” denouncing shock collar use, and I could not agree more.
There is no need or valid reason to shock, poke, hang, hit, or throw chains at your dog, or to spray water in his face or hurl him to the ground on his back (called an alpha roll). None. Please read that sentence again. If someone in your circle insists that a dog is attempting to “dominate” you and thus needs harsh training, please invite them to read this column as well as the “open letter” at the bottom of this column, written by one of the world’s largest groups of dog industry professionals. Please also invite them to Google “dominance theory debunked.”[ Read the entire article on Dogster.com … ]