a cautionary letter.
I posted this link because it’s important to understand that our clients, despite any advice to the contrary that we give them, are sometimes going to seek advice elsewhere, too. If they get wrong advice, it can cost them their dog’s life. While I think this owner should have re-engaged with this trainer, versus simply ending the dog’s life, the other trainer who ADDED fear to this dog’s life is reprehensible and unprofessional. A fearful dog NEVER needs punishment. They may need desensitization and counter-conditioning. They may need a behavior they can use as a “default” or “go to” behavior. But, the one thing ALL dogs need is to feel safe with the humans they live with. There is never any excuse for advising a client to punish a dog that is exhibiting fear. Never.
Thank you kindly for your wonderful advice !!!
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