I have just started a new discussion on the forum regarding electric collars.
As I dont know the members of this group, (and you may not have followed the previous discussions) I would just like to explain a few things about myself. My main interest in dogs is actually obediance-training. I have so far made up three Ob. Champions in a row in Irish setters. (FCI-rules).
I have also written a book on obediance up to champion level, and write for amongst others the swedish kennel club. I feel VERY strongly that dogs (and especially Irish setters) can be trained with far "nicer" methods than are sometimes used to-day. I have never once even used a choker-chain on my dogs during all their training and all my training is done through reward only.
I am also convinced that I could teach my dogs just about anything and that there is no limit to the trainability of our dogs, if we go about training the right way.
I am very much against a lot of things we do to our dogs (and cats). Boredom being one...how many dogs spend their lives doing absolutly nothing?
I also can not see that debarking and declawing should ever be allowed.
So lets see...do I fit in to this group?