Features March 2011 Issue

Protect Your Dog - It's OK to Disagree with a Dog Trainer or Your Veterinarian

Don’t feel pushed into a treatment you’re not sure about. Think about it and schedule another appointment.

Protect Your Dog - It's OK to Disagree with a Dog Trainer or Your Veterinarian

What should you do if you disagree with your trainer or vet?

It’s awkward at best, devastating at worst, when your trainer or other animal care professional wants to do – or actually does – something to your dog that goes against your strongly held beliefs about how dogs should be treated. This is most often something involving the use of coercion or force, but also includes other things, such as feeding something you don’t want your dog to ingest, and reinforcing a behavior you don’t want rewarded. Professionals, at least good ones, are supposed to be well-educated and know what they’re doing. Who are you to object?

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