Out of the Blue

So yesterday mentioned we have plans brewing. This is something I alluded to last week when wishing my mother-in-law a happy birthday. We're heading down to Atlanta for the weekend to celebrate with her in-person. This will be our first time on an airplane since before the pandemic, so it carries an air of drama. Not many people look forward to flying, but we are happy about the chance to spend some overdue family time. The fact that it's about 30 degrees warmer there than here these days is another nice aspect of the plan. I picked up a bit of tech to help with updating on the road, as the market for portable monitors has blossomed since I last looked, and I was able to find a cheap second screen that connects effortlessly via USB. I hate the limited screen-size of working on a laptop, and this should help with that a lot.

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Cutter wrote on Feb 22, 2024, 21:05:
It's not rocket science. Shock collars traumatize dogs and make them much worse - more aggressive. If you can't do it without it, give up the dog to someone who can.

It's not rocket science. In fact, it's not even settled science.

I'd ask how many dogs you have professionally trained to come up with your declarative statement.

Steven Lindsay, on the other hand, a recognized expert on canine behavior, training, and learning has written three volumes on the psychology of our canine friends that are pretty widely cited in everything I found has published that stim collars (which are not "shock" collars despite the sensationalist claims and appeals to emotion that would characterize them as such) are effective aversion techniques for unwanted and negative behavior. Moreover, there is zero...and I will repeat that...zero evidence that shows a direct correlation between aggression and the use of stim collars in a study with a sample size large enough to be statistically significant. The plural of anecdote is not data, no matter how many people post on Facebook.

I also do not buy for one nanosecond that the use of stim collars teaches your dog to be afraid of you as the links in your Google search want to suggest. Mine certainly isn't. She sasses me on the regular (but still does as she is asked). In fact, she's so terrified of me that her favorite thing in the universe is to hang outside with me at every possible second. Her second favorite thing to do is droop all 55 pounds of herself across my lap in the evenings. Can't see a semi-permanently frightened dog doing that.

A three tier system is inarguably the better methodology. Aversion, praise, and reward. It also helps the dog to learn to differentiate between when they are on the job and when they are in pet mode. I love my dog as my best four legged buddy but she's also a tool that I use when needed. A clear delineation in duties taught by that three tier methodology has been a wonderful and positive experience for man, woman, and dog. You can rest assured that I will again be using that exact same methodology once I adopt another dog as a companion for my current dog.
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