#Animal Welfare
Dog owners, Dog trainers, Dog behaviourists
United Kingdom

Punitive dog training, coercive whispering, and outdated behaviour therapy: What might it be doing to YOUR DOG!

There are still huge numbers of ‘stamp and jerk’ dog trainers and ‘whisperers’ at large with their choke chains, spiked collars, shock collars, rape alarms, correction sticks and bullying attitudes who haven’t chosen to move on into the humane, modern age of dog training.

ASK WHY? of those trainers who still want to be cruel to your dog by training with punishment, correcting jerks and coercion when kind training methods are so much better, and are so very widely known and applied all over the world these days?

ASK WHY? of those ‘behaviourists’ who persist in deploying those long out-of-date ‘dominance reduction’ and one-size-fits-all ‘nothing in life is free’ programmes in the name of behavioural therapy based on a long discredited view of ‘pack hierarchy’ in the family dog. Why are they telling you to ignore your lovely dog? Don’t they know that this threatens the bond you have with him and potentially inflicts huge psychological damage on him?

‘SAY NO!’ to all of them! There is no such thing as ‘Being Cruel to be Kind’ in the name of dog training or behaviour therapy. Such trainers, whisperers and behaviourists are simply being ‘Cruel to be Cruel’ with these long outdated, inhumane and discredited techniques.

We, the undersigned, call upon all responsible dog owners, dog trainers, whisperers and behaviourists, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses and animal welfare professionals to boycott punitive and coercive dog training techniques and outdated behaviour therapies that employ the use of choke chains, spiked collars, shock collars, rape alarms, correction sticks, bullying attitudes and false models of canine social behaviour in the name of canine education and behaviour therapy.

The Say NO! To punitive training, dog whispering and outdated behaviour therapy petition to Dog owners, Dog trainers, Dog behaviourists was written by COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists & Trainers, Centre of Applied Pet Ethology and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.