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.
- 1. Post the Never Shock a Puppy badge on your site.
- 2. Blog about these efforts and upcoming giveaways encouraging people to visit www.nevershockapuppy.com.
- 3. Share links to Never Shock a Puppy posts on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
- 4. Join the conversation via comments on the Never Shock a Puppy Blog.
- 5. Post the Never Shock a Puppy donation widget on your site to encourage donations.
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.”
WHY IT MATTERS
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.
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!
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