Animal Behavior & Training FAQs
Alana Stevenson answers your questions on her animal behavior and dog and cat training services.
For group classes, generally after their second DHPP vaccination and a wellness check with veterinary approval.
Choke collars and severe yanking on leash can cause dogs to have tracheal damage and spinal injuries. The UK Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ pamphlet Why the UK APDT is against the Use of Choke Chains is good to read. Pinch, pronged, and spiked collars are painful and can cause bruising. Because dogs have fur, bruising goes unnoticed.
Shock collars, ‘e collars,’ or ‘electronic collars’, as with pinch and choke collars, can cause a lot of negative behavioral side effects. Pain and stress decrease the ability to learn. If I used an electric current to shock someone into learning math or to teach them how to cook, it wouldn’t be very pleasant or productive — especially for the individual who has to learn. Shocking a dog to sit, to come to you, or to stay is unnecessary.
“No” is a monotonous sound. Dogs tune into sounds that have inflection or intonation. “Ah ah,” “Eh,” or “Hey” all work to get your dog’s attention and are more effective. Read Harmful and Ineffective Training.
Group classes focus on teaching your dog during distractions and socializing your dog to people and other dogs.
For cat behavior problems, one or two online-hour video consults may be needed for follow up.
There is a learning curve for people when they use a clicker. Often people tend to focus too much time on the clicker and have difficulty juggling treats, the clicker, and a leash simul