I asked my friend Marjie for help with the title of this article. She suggested "Tools: Just cause you can doesn't mean you should". The reason I had to go with her suggestion is because it rings the truth of the matter. While having a well rounded tool box is important, it is doubly important to:
- Understand how every tool works
- Is this tool appropriate for this dog
- Why you need it OR is there a better tool for the job
Let me explain for a minute where I'm coming from and my authority on the subject. I'm what you would classify as a "Force Free" or "Modern" dog trainer. Someone who does not use tools that intentionally inflict pain, fear or intimidation. I am also what some people call a "Crossover Trainer". That is generally someone who starts out training using traditional methods of dog training and moves over to more reward and motivation based training methods.
This means I have seen and probably used most tools on the market for dog training at some point of another in my journey through the industry. I have also had the pleasure of working with dozens for dog trainers from the entire dog training spectrum, have seen their specialties and heard their reasons for the tools they use.I have also worked in the pet supply industry for well over 10 years. This gives me a wide view lens into the relationship between owners, dogs and why they choose their tools. And finally, as a dog behavior consultant I am familiar with the fallout the use of these tools can cause.
So today I am starting a new post series, called "Tools: Just cause you can doesn't mean you should" I will highlight specific tools in the dog training community and talk about the pros and cons from a neutral prospective. Enjoy!
All articles in this series will be added to this post for your convenience.
No-Pull Harnesses: Just cause you can doesn't mean you should - 7/6/15
Treat Pouches: Just cause you can doesn't mean you should - 7/13/15
More coming soon!
If you have a tool you'd like me to write about, mention it in the comments.