Never Shock a Puppy

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Never Shock a Puppy

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Never Shock a Puppy promotes humane alternatives to pain-driven dog collars (pinch, choke, shock collars) and punitive dog training methods in general. They believe there truly is no need to pinch, shock, choke … hurt, scare, startle … drag around, struggle with, boss around your dog to teach him/her basic manners. There are 5 easy ways to help.


    During their 8-week campaign (Sept. 1st – Oct. 20th), the goal is to raise $2,500 for the No-Choke Challenge. This challenge, held by the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. CO, will advertise (via billboards, PSAs, etc.)  and hold area events to trade humane collars/harnesses with people who turn in their choke/shock/pinch collars. The money raised will buy roughly 165 replacement dog collars or dog harnesses. That’s 165 dogs who will no longer HURT in the process of learning.

    The people behind Never Shock a Puppy say, “We cannot change the entire dog-training world, but we think this is a start.”


    The following are principles that members of the Never Shock a Puppy coalition hold dear:

    • We believe dog training should be fun for both dogs and people, not a power struggle.
    • We believe dog training is far more about building relationships and trust than it is about instituting “control.”
    • We believe dogs learn our rules through efforts to bridges the communication gap between species.
    • We believe that we cannot (and should not) punish our dogs into behaving better — no matter their size, age, breed, or sex.
    • We believe in positive reinforcement dog training, where dogs primarily get rewarded for the behaviors we seek, not punished for the ones we don’t.
    • And, finally, we believe that any time someone hurts a dog, scares a dog, or intimidates a dog in the name of dog training, it damages the relationship and makes the dog afraid to do something “wrong,” rather than excited to do something “right.” Dogs who learn to love learning are far more likely to do as we ask.

    For more information please visit or contact Roxanne Hawn.

    Going to BlogPaws, the pet bloggers convention in Denver from 9/9-9/11? If you would like to meet Roxanne and her Never Shock a Puppy crew (or BtC’s own Kim and Amy) keep your eyes peeled! We’ll all be there! never asks you to spend a cent, just a few minutes of your time.
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    About Author

    Kim CluneKim Clune, owner of Mixed Media Matters, Inc., helps animal welfare and humanitarian aid groups promote initiatives using print, digital and social media. Kim is a founding member and adviser to Be the Change for Animals, an international activism site awarded Best Cause Blog by DogTime Media, ad she celebrates human/animal connections through writing, photography and film at Balancing a quest for global change with a desire to act locally, Kim now blends her passion for animal welfare and humanitarian aid by founding Dog House Adoptions, a rescue to serve stray dogs and the people of Rensselaer County, NY. With hands-on experience revealing the softest side of dogs once deemed “unadoptable,” Kim believes that all dogs deserve the chance to shine, enriching people’s lives through therapeutic, educational, and companionship opportunities. Her goal at Dog House Adoptions is to make as many of those connections as possible. GoogleView all posts by Kim Clune →

    1. Sam Daley
      Sam Daley09-06-2010

      What are their training credentials?? How come they are not included on the website?

      What breeds have they trained, and to what level? Put any titles on their dogs??

      Just curious…

    2. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart
      Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart09-06-2010

      Thanks for your question and suggestion that we add details on the background of coalition members, Sam. There are links in the sidebar to each of our individual sites. I’m pretty sure everyone has a bio of some sort on their own pages, but I’ll ask the team to send me little bio blurbs that I can put on the ABOUT page or something in the next few days.

      Speaking for myself, I’ve had (as an adult) a dalmatian, two lab mixes, and now … a border collie. I had such high hopes for performance career in agility for her, but alas … her fear issues nixed that. So, I’m an avocational trainer, not a professional one.

      I joke that I’ve earned my “PhD in dog behavior from the University of Dogs With Issues” over the last six years. We work with an animal behaviorist from Colorado State University’s veterinary teaching hospital and with a private trainer near us, as well as various agility and rally obedience trainers over the years. We’re even thinking about taking up that ball herding sport (treibball) since balls (rather than sheep) might be less scary for my fearful girl.

      I actually named my own blog Champion of My Heart because I figured it was the only “championship” we would ever earn. All my friends have MACH this and NATCH that, and a CH here and a MBIS there.

      Anyway, that’s my background. There are a couple people like me in the group, one of whom studied under Pat Miller. We have one veterinarian in our team. Several of the others are professional dog trainers from various parts of the country. I’ll do my best to get the details you seek up on the site soon.

      Thanks again for your interest.

    3. Laurie Buchele
      Laurie Buchele09-07-2010

      While I too appreciate knowing about credentials, I am not sure it really matters when we are trying to improve the lives of animals. I am a passionate supporter of this cause and my husband was privileged to be a part of the BlogPaws conference in Columbus, Ohio that started this movement. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and my husband is a State Approved Dog Trainer. We have both put multiple titles in multiple sports and multiple venues on our dogs. We are all-positive trainers. We train our dogs and teach our students to train their dogs using positive reinforcement clicker methods. We are “cross-over trainers” — once upon a time we used aversives in our training, but after seeing the amazing results brought about through positive reinforcement, we “crossed over” to use positive reinforcement exclusively. All this being said, does that make me any more or less qualified to Be the Change for Animals — no! Anyone who cares, anyone who sees a need, anyone who is passionate about the lives of animals can Be the Change. Thank you for leading us in Being the Change our animals deserve!!!

    4. Sam Daley
      Sam Daley09-07-2010

      Thanks for your response Roxanne. I guess this is what I am most confused about…

      My dog has earned his CDX before he was 2 years old. He earned both titles in three consecutive shows and has two High-In-Trials to his name. In 2.5 years, I have also put CDs on two other dogs in three consecutive shows with placements and a CDX on another dog as well. I have also trained 6 other dogs of different breeds to the sub-novice level to be good companions for their owners.
      This is my youtube channel
      And my blog…
      And my flickr account…
      Thats about as good as you can get to know me and my dog over the internet.

      Does he seem abused, or scared or timid? Can you deny the fact that he is incredibly happy working with me from the videos?

      But you say his life is compromised and needs to be bettered because he wears a training collar?

      I’m not here to argue training methods but can’t there be some “religious tolerance”?? It isn’t all bad.

      BTW- In reference to the ‘why it matters’ part… there is a big difference between punishment and correction. 😉 That is true no matter what collar you decide to use.

    5. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart
      Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart09-07-2010

      Thanks so much, Laurie, for your note and support of the campaign. I was thinking about this last night, and I agree. The only credential that matters is that we care and that we’re willing to do the work to put on a campaign and service project like this.

    6. admin

      Thank you all for the lively and respectful conversation about this topic!

    7. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart
      Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart09-07-2010

      Indeed, Sam, I think we’ve reached the point where we agree to disagree, person to person. In an advocacy campaign like ours, however, taking a stand is critical.

    8. Doreen

      Helping spread the word at Doggies and Stuff.

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