For some pet owners the line between a humane training tool, and an inhumane one, can be a bit blurry, and some feel that provided the tool gives the pet owner the desired result, then they can be used without fear of recrimination from others in the pet community.
However, most of us recognize that if a training tool hurts an animal and makes them cry out in pain, then it ought not to be used as such. But have you ever thought about the psychological damage a training tool might do to a pet?
Here are a few insights and tips to help you choose humane training tools for your pet dog:
Always remember that your dog descends from the wild:
In a wild dog pack there is a clear hierarchy based upon respect, with the alpha male being the most respected. All dogs are wired to give automatic respect to the most dominant member of its family, and when we’re talking about pet dogs, the owner should be the most respected while of course, treating the pet with respect, too.
Dogs trust us, and so to return that trust we must treat them humanely in all aspects of their life under our care, including the way in which we train them and the tools that we use.
When should you begin training your pet dog?
Ideally, you should begin training your dog as soon as you bring them home, since this will quickly enable your dog to understand what you require of them, and to help them become a good and happy pet without fear of upsetting you.
What are the types of inhumane training tools to be avoided?
Training tools that are widely regarded as being inhumane, usually revolve around modifying your pet’s behaviour with the use of force and pain. Such tools as choke, electric and prong collars are all considered to be brutal and are not recommended for the training of any dog. Choke collars, or chains are perhaps the most commonly used of all the inhumane training tools, and when looped around your pet’s neck, they tighten every time they pull on the leash and cause intense pain and sometimes even irreparable damage.
What humane training tools are available on the market today?
Provided you use the following 3 tools in conjunction with clear and consistent behavioral training, you will find that each one can help you to eliminate any unacceptable behavior from your dog without causing them any fear or pain:
- Easy walk dog harness
These will help to prevent your dog from wandering or misbehaving while they are on the leash walking with you and are safe and humane to use.
- Citronella collar
Much more humane to use than a shock collar, this one fits comfortably around your pet’s neck and emits a short, sharp squirt of citronella. It doesn’t hurt, but most dogs find the scent unpleasant, making the collar effective when used along with other safe and humane techniques.
- Head dog collar
This tool is also entirely humane and painless, and simply loops around the dog’s head to give you more control over them when they’re walking on the leash. It is not a muzzle, and your dog will still be able to move their mouth enough to bark and drink water, but it will give you more control over your pet than an ordinary leash.
Always respect your pet dog and never resort to inhumane methods of training them, no matter how annoying or naughty their behavior may be. If you are at your wits end, simply seek professional advice before resorting to painful training tools that may harm your pet physically and emotionally.