There’s a horrific picture doing the rounds shared by a vet at the moment. You can see the post here. It’s a photo of a dog under sedation being treated for wounds on his neck that clearly were inflicted by the use of a “prong collar”. The description says that the dog was sent to a trainer for live in training for a number of weeks and was returned like this.
Obviously, as a professional trainer you see posts like this doing the rounds on social media and cringe. As a dog owner, you see posts like this doing the rounds and think, what if that happened to my dog?
From animal lovers, decent human beings and professional dog trainers, there would be anger. There would be blame. Directed at the owner there would be questions like “how could they send their dog there? Didn’t they know?”
Directed at the trainer, the same. “how could they do that? Didn’t they know better?”
And it’s easy to think badly of both these people, the owner and the trainer, and we could jump up and down on social media from behind the safety of a keyboard or your phone. And people are, as people will.
My challenge to you, is to look at both individuals with compassion and empathy. Continue reading