A disturbing trend

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I was watching the news last night and once again there was an item dealing with poor handling of dogs on the news.  I will leave out the city however, it happened in a shopping mall. A loose dog chased a lady and a man tried to intervene with the old yell at the dog mentality, foolish idea at best.  It stopped the dog for a few seconds then the dog went after the lady again.  She was not that injured however, that was not really the problem.  The problem was, and the story changes depending on which broadcast one watches.  The first blamed the owner of the dog as, they verbally abused the victom.  Then a a later version was, it was the dog walker who was verbally abusive. The owner and walker could have been the same.  I do know that some dog owners feel that anyone can walk their big dog and, the cheaper the price the better. The question is, since the dog was off leash when it should have been on leash, whywas it off leash in a area where 1. only service dogs are allowed and 2 it should have been leashed? It bothers me that anyone can claim to be a trainer or walker of dogs.  I personally know of 2 individuals who claim to be certified and 1 admitted they never worked with problem dogs and got their certification online.  The other spent 2 weeks at a training facility that the course takes 8 months.  Both on their website claim to be certified. The one who got certified online touts themselves as specializing in working with aggressive dogs. Even the most interactive website cannot train you when a dog has their muzzle on your hand and is growling at you.

Author: David Diamond

David Diamond, Owner/Head Trainer: I use positive training methods and a firm, caring approach so owners and pets can learn to live together in harmony.

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