November 18th -Sam will be joined by Natalie Lagstrom of Watermill Wolves to present a Wolf Dog Awareness Day for Professionals working with Dogs. After a morning of informative talks there will be an opportunity to get up close and work with some of these wonderful animals.
April -Sam will be speaking at the annual CAPBT conference in April on the rise in popularity of Wolf Dogs, what is the truth and what to expect.
Statement regarding the use of Unethical Techniques in Dog Training
In the professional dog world we are increasingly aware of a number of individuals claiming to be behaviourists or trainers who use methods wholly unethical in their nature and would like to reiterate the message from scientists, as well as the veterinary sector and animal welfare organisations regarding the use of aversive (harsh) ‘techniques’ and other methods in dog and animal training. These punitive methods include the use of shock, electronic or spray collars, applying ‘corrections’ to a dog, Dominance and pack leadership methods or worse pinning dogs to the ground. Apart from the risk of triggering or worsening aggression, these techniques can also cause a dog to shut down which can lead to a variety of scenarios, e.g. the elimination of warning signals leading to a bite, fear of humans or other long-lasting psychological damage. Despite a mountain of evidence pointing to the potential long-lasting harmful effects, as well as dangers associated with the application of these methods, members of the public, family pets and working dogs are still being exposed to these techniques and still being put at risk. These techniques are often promoted by individuals with little or no suitable credentials in training or behaviour who lack knowledge and understanding of animal training learning theory, hormone cycles and the functions of neuro-chemicals as well as the science underpinning animal behaviour. More importantly, these methods are nothing more than abuse which can cause the human-animal bond to break down irretrievably. We would ask that you please check the methods being used by anyone you are considering to work with your pet. Please see my blog post “Choosing Professional help for your pet” In addition for scientific information and details on the research please visit www.dogwelfarecampaign.org