Should I be using a shock collar to train my dog?

…NO!

Come on, really??? I don’t understand peoples’ mindset sometimes. I know, I know…I’ve read all the other posts and articles out there saying that shock collars are safe, and that they work well. Yeah, of course they work well! If I was being threatened with a jolt of electricity going through my neck, I would listen too!

Sure it may not “hurt” the dog (if it’s on the lower setting), and they don’t give a strong shock (again, if it’s on the lower setting); but there are people who think they have tried everything else, and they are using a shock collar as a last resort.

Take the time to train your dog with positive reinforcement rather than electricity. There are tons of resources and trainers out there who can help you learn how to properly train your dog. It’s a much more rewarding way to train your dog for both you and your dog.

Another training collar you shouldn’t use is the pinch collar as seen below. Now I will be the first to admit, I actually used one of these collars previously, and I still feel bad about it. I had a Golden Retriever, Caffrey, who would pull incessantly, and I could not get him to stop. So somebody suggested using a pinch collar. I used it for awhile and he would still pull. I later found out that these collars (and simple choke collars) work by placing pressure on the throat of the dog which can actually make the dog pull even harder in response. One day, I pulled back on the lead to get him to stop pulling, and my poor dog yelped from the shock and pain of the metal prongs digging into his neck. Caffrey passed away 4 years ago, and I still feel bad about this.

As I previously stated, don’t use a choke collar either. Use a gentle lead collar. I use one on my Newfoundland, and they work great. The gentle lead collars I sell on my website come with a free training DVD that shows you how to properly use the collar.

Remember, there are no bad dogs out there, just owners who need training.

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 2:55 am  Comments (7)  
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Dogs Teach Lion Cubs How to Play

Everybody likes inspirational dog stories, right! I came accross this report and I thought it would be a good thing to post. To learn more about the The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, click here.

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Cheaper Way to Obtain Search Engine Optimization/Marketing

As I was researching how to start up my online business and drive traffic to my website, I quickly learned the high costs associated with hiring professionals to perform my Search Engine Optimization and develop my internet marketing plan.

In order to help save some cash, I thought I could figure this SEO stuff out on my own.  So I went to my local bookstore and bought a 627 page book all about SEO/SEM.  Just as I had learned the high costs associated with the professional help, I quickly learned how complicated and time consuming this SEO stuff really is.  I couldn’t afford professional help and I couldn’t realistically do all of this stuff on my own.  So what was I to do now? 

I came up with the idea of posting ads for SEO/SEM at the local colleges and universities around my town.   I figured a student learning this stuff would definitely know a heck of a lot more about SEO than me and they wouldn’t be demanding the high hourly rate.  A few days after posting my ads, I starting getting some emails and phone calls of various people offering their services.  While there were a few people who didn’t quite understand what the ad was asking for, I was able to get some good quality responses.

I’m now in the early stages of working with my SEO/SEM college professional and I couldn’t be happier.  Not only am I implementing marketing strategies that I would never have thought of or figured out on my own, but I am saving money as well!

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm  Comments (2)  
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