Thursday, May 14, 2015

AKC Touts an E-Collar as "the Most Humane and Effective Way to Develop a Well-behaved Dog"

It seems someone at the AKC actually took the time to USE a modern e-collar and as a result, the Mini Educator, made by E-Collar Technologies (the same model I use on my three dogs) is being touted by the editor of the Spring/Summer "Gear Guide" column in the AKC's Family Dog publication as "the most humane and effective way to develop a well-behaved dog."

Yes indeed.

Of course, you still have to learn how to train a dog.  

It's not all about one tool or one thing. Training is a process, not an event, and yes it still involves a leash and treat bag as well as an e-collar.

That said, it is as it has always been:  Experience trumps theory, performance trumps fear, and a happy obedient leash-free dog is a walking case-statement on four legs.

"Show them, don't tell them."

Someone at the AKC got shown, and so now one of the very best of the modern e-collars is being touted as "the most humane and effective way to develop a well-behaved dog."

As always, ignorance is a treatable disease.  

But has everyone gotten the treatment?  

No. of course not. The AKC is still full of airheads and dim bulbs. This is, after all, an organization that salutes closed registries and the failed eugenics theories of Victorian England. Inside the AKC show ring, health counts for zero, work counts for zero, and temperament counts for zero. And what about dog training? Here too, the AKC is generally stuck in the 19th Century.

But let us celebrate anyway.  

It seems someone actually tried a modern e-collar, and seeing was believing.

It's funny what experience can teach you, if you let it.


Peter Apps said...

The cynic in me makes me think that this is just a paid advert, along with the treat dispensers for neglected home alone dogs and leather beds for overweight labrador retrievers.

PBurns said...

The editor of this publication uses the mini-educator on her own dogs. This endorsement is hers, based on experience with her own dogs. Not an ad -- an endorsement from someone who tried it. That's how I came to give two thumbs up to this same bit of kit. Really good technology if you know even a little bit about how to train a dog.

Peter Apps said...

I'm not questioning the quality of the product, just saying that this kind of endorsement is available as a paid advertising option from a whole range of magazines. Maybe there is something else in the magazine that I am not seeing.

If the AKC editor really has used it, and this space was not paid for, then it might mark a new attitude to e-collars in general.