The Epitome of Sad Dog Training
I really hate this video. It’s the epitome of sad dog training.
It raises my hackles and turns my stomach every time I watch it.
And, unfortunately, it comes up on my Facebook and other social media feeds far too often.
Most people think this is an amazing video of 5 really well trained dogs.
But I see 5 dogs who are on electric collars, who are simply terrified to make a mistake and incur the pain of the shock.
It is almost painful for me to watch, each and every time.
All of their tails are down.
Their behavior to stay touching him seems almost frantic.
They are afraid to even look up when spoken to.
The one on the outside with the long antenna on his collar, consistently looks panicked as he tries to look around.
Sadly, I rarely see this man kindly touch or praise these dogs for a job well done.
He doesn’t recognize when they remain obedient in the face of obstacles or other distractions; he acts like they just should do what he is asking.
At about 2:38/9 he even knees the outside right dog in the head to move him away.
At minute 4:22 you can see the dog on the outside left look up to and sniff an on coming passerby who immediately says “Hi” to the dog; which clearly brings a stiff shock from the handler. You can almost feel the dog wince in pain as he shuffles back in line (yes, folks, electric shock collars hurt there is your proof).
I swear all the other dogs even wince because they know what is happening.
The down command is filled with conflict from all the dogs. They are moving out of the way of each other as fast as they can with ears pinned because they are afraid if they don’t drop fast enough they will be shocked.
It is so sad.
And the way they spring back into place, ears pinned and tails tucked makes me sick.
The Last Time
The last time I saw this posted on a friends media page, I pointed out how sad I thought this video was and what a shame that these beautiful dogs were being treated like this and another dog trainer popped on and said that “Most people are too dumb to use positive motivational methods but can be taught to use electric shock collars fairly effectively.”
“At least these dogs are out and about”, he said.
I was shocked.
I mentioned that I work with people all the time who are smart enough to understand positive and motivational methods, and they too can and do take their dogs out. Watch these videos to see just what I mean.
Let’s show him that we positive reinforcement trainers aren’t dumb!
I think trainers like this are just lazy!
Yes, I will admit that positive and motivational techniques take a smidgeon more time, understanding and timing but it is certainly achievable.
And, I was able to show the video of the little boy working and training his naked (no collar or harness) Malinois with just a toy.
The dog is totally happy, tail up and joyous throughout the WHOLE VIDEO; the way that it should be!
Keep your eyes out for my break down of that video!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.