Humane Dog Training Position Statement

Humane Dog Training Position Statement This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training …

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How to Choose a Trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog’s life. The techniques that a trainer uses can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Therefore, it is very important to choose your trainer wisely. Here are some guidelines for choosing a dog trainer. Remember, training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog.

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How to Hire a Dog Trainer

  It is advised that dog owners call, interview, and ideally observe a trainer prior to hiring them. If the trainer you are considering using falls into any of these categories, you should pick another trainer. The equipment recommended for basic obedience includes or is focused on choke collars, prong collars, or shock collars. Trainers …

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An Open Letter to Pet Industry Representatives Regarding the Use of Shock in Animal Training

Shocking pet dogs remains a common, if controversial, training practice worldwide. In this open letter, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) combines decades of research, the opinions of certified animal behaviorists, and the question of ethics to explain why using electric shock in the name of training and care is both ineffective and harmful. PPG concludes that shocking constitutes a form of abuse towards pets, and, given that there are highly effective, positive training alternatives, should no longer be a part of the current pet industry culture of accepted practices, tools or philosophies.