Hello,

I have provided a list of some industry leaders to reference when it comes to educating/training animals.

The reason I have provided the following information is I thought this would be a benefit to you.

There is such great education being provided by veterinary behaviourists, biologists, behaviourists where using force and fear is a true detriment to the animals in our care.  These are who I love to learn from. 

As Bob Bailey says “reinforcement builds behaviour”.

I really love the common sense approach when you look at it critically.  We all know the saying “you can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar”.  It is the same with our animals and if you hear a statement like all dog or animals learn differently it doesn’t mean that if it is taking longer to train the animal that you need to use force.  Most animals do not need excessive punishment to change their behaviour.  If we think about building relationships, likely one built from excessive force, or fear will dilute a relationship.  We could contribute to a shutdown (learned helplessness) dog who can become dangerous with no warning; cause apathy, avoidance behaviours, redirected aggression, fear, anxiety and frustration; and that has the ability to result in unwanted behaviours.

I stand behind using the least amount of force possible. 

 

Ontario SPCA -  http://ontariospca.ca/how-to-choose-a-dog-trainer.html?_ga=2.202717265.1734036383.1534445935-1456042459.1534445935/

BC SPCA - https://spca.bc.ca/programs-services/leaders-in-our-field/position-statements/position-statement-on-animal-training/

Calgary Humane Society - https://www.calgaryhumane.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Training-of-Dogs-Oct-2014.pdf

Toronto Humane Society Classes depicting positive reinforcement training only - https://www.torontohumanesociety.com/what-we-do/dog-training-classes

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour - https://avsab.org/resources/position-statements/

Animal Health Foundation -   https://www.animalhealthfoundation.net/blog/2017/10/the-myth-of-the-alpha-dog/

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - https://m.iaabc.org/about/position-statements/lima/

Dr Ian Dunbar - https://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/another-potentially-dangerous-dog-trainer

SF SPCA one of the most forward thinking shelters - https://www.sfspca.org/prong/studies

ASPCA - https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-training-aids-and-methods

Best Friends Animal Society -   https://bestfriends.org/about-best-friends/policies-and-position-statements#dogtrainingmethods

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