Aversive Tool Policy

I train using force free positive methods. This allows owners to build a strong and meaningful bond with their dog. It’s important to always look for ways to work with a dog rather than in conflict with him. If you are currently using aversive tools or methods including but not limited to: e-collars (including for electric fencing or bark collars), prong collars, choke chains, etc… I will ask that you stop using them. If you have used tools in the past and are open to crossing over to positive methods I’m happy to answer any questions you might have and help you through that transition.

Many of my clients have dogs who struggle with anxiety and/or aggression and it can be difficult to determine the extent of the behavioral issues if aversive tools or methods are being used. Aversive methods are associated with an increase in aggressive and anxious behavior along with higher rates of euthanasia and surrender. I cannot in good conscience add any additional risk to owners, dogs, the general public or myself because of aversive methods or tool use. This position is supported by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and many other respected organizations within the pet professional community.

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