and makes me wonder how
I am not naive .. I've heard and seen stories about abuse, neglect and violence that I simply don't share with people who haven't worked the front lines. Working at the SPCA and a life time of teaching have made somewhat cynical. Maybe that's why I just can't imagine working around issues with force anymore. This week I'm feeling a little shell shocked though. I am staggered by the notion that there are people who teach contacts using a shock collar as a tool. I'm horrified to realize that people who truly love and appreciate their dogs don't understand that shocking a dog is destructive to relationships and going to create some issues with trust. I do understand that many people see it as a tool and use it as such but I can't understand how dogs are expected to find joy when being shocked into compliance. I'm not alone in this concern, but doing a little research into these collars is alarming (on youtube there are an awful lot of people laughing wildly as other people take the shocks from a dog collar.) I haven't read all these links yet - but you may have more time than I do, or want to read more. I've met dogs comatose from life in a shock collar, dogs with burns on their skin, I have no real urge to read more. I pass no judgement on those that feel they "have" to use a shock collar but it makes me very very sad.
Here, in words much wiser than mine, are some thoughts about force and violence:
“Violence begins where knowledge ends” ~Abraham Lincoln