At Zippity Do Dog we love dogs, so the last thing we want to do is cause any physical pain or psychological damage to them. We do not believe in using fear, intimidation or coercion, if you have good training skills, there is simply no need for these training methods, period! In positive based training, the absence of the verbal marker and reward (or click and treat), is information enough, to tell the dog they 'didn't get it right, try again'. There is no need for corrections, force or bullying, this style of training deprives dogs of positive experiences. Positive Reinforcement training will improve your dogs behavior while being fast, fun and effective for both of you.
Think positive, not punishment!
Think positive, not punishment!
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What is “Project tRade”?
Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.
Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that sits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
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What the Experts Say
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
What is the difference between a person causing a dog pain and fear to “train” them or abuse them? Nothing except the person’s perspective and level of empathy. Calling fear & pain “ dog training” is like calling date rape “love”.-- Drayton Michaels
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
To use shock as an effective dog training method you will need:
A thorough understanding of canine behaviour.
A thorough understanding of learning theory.
And if you have those three things, you don't need a shock collar.
by Dr. Ian Dunbar
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