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After video surfaced of trainer Jeffrey Schultz hitting and making a dog scream, Schultz defended his actions by saying that the context (the dog snapping at him) was omitted in the video. In a follow-up story on CBS by Jeff Paul, a past client of Schultz, Gary (who did not want his last name used) suggested that such measures were the thin line protecting children from being bitten and dogs from euthanasia. His reply when asked by the reporter if it’d be concerning if his own dog were so treated:
“Absolutely it’d bother me. But what would bother me more is if my dog bit some child at a park and then at some point it’s euthanized,” said Gary.
This logic has been completely debunked by all available research, such as here, here, here, here and here, position statements by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Animal Hospital Association behavior management guidelines, and the clinical experience of thousands of practitioners who treat the most serious cases and explicitly warn owners away from people such as Jeffrey Schultz. Because what he does actually increases the likelihood of aggression in dogs.
There is no context, circumstance or back-story that makes this stuff appropriate.
A superb blog post by Jess Miller that deconstructs the contention that “respect” can function as a motivator in dog training, along with why it’s appealing to people to wish for it to be so.
Housesoiling is always near the top of the list of behavior problems associated with relinquishment. Dogs also take a fair amount of abuse in the name of pottying. I have a current advanced student in Fort Lauderdale, Helen Verte, who is dazzling in many ways, but who has outdone everything I’ve ever seen on the topic of housetraining. It’s a one-hour, twenty-buck webinar, with the two great virtues of dead-on accurate, field-tested, can’t-fail information and engaging, client-friendly language and examples. Cherry on the sundae is it carries a CPDT CEU credit for trainers. She’s making noises about making it available as a lunch & learn for vet practices locally and I so hope she does that. Muah to her for this contribution.