A Little Chat about duct tape

It is a very good thing that I have had a ‘guest blogger’ willing to fill in for me this month  🙂    Why?   The short answer is that I have just been busy with the sort of medical issues that are part and parcel of living with senior pets!

Happily we seem to have reached a more settled spot … at least for now!     Rascal’s heart meds have put the spring back in his step!    Mandy has recovered both from her surgery and the subsequent bout of bronchitis that scared the crap out of us all!    And while its early days to break out the champagne, I do believe that Miss Ruby is responding well to the green mussel lipid!

I noticed this a few days ago and had filed it away … for a less worrisome moment like this!    Did that mean that I was not excited?   That I did not realize how groundbreaking it was?    Of course not!    But in this house, first things first, eh?

for the actual text of Bill C-615, please click here

Wow!     For years reputable rescuers have wished for this!    Positive dog trainers have worked for this!    Admittedly the Bill still has a few hurdles to hop before it becomes law … but it is still such a Really Big Deal for it to be introduced here in Canada!

In the course of my research, I stumbled on a very interesting website called banshockcollars.ca.     It the home of a Burnaby, BC based non-profit organization which has been advocating against the use of shock collars.

There are two petitions that like-minded folk can sign …. one for Canadian residents  … and a Global Shock Collar petition.

Even better … there is a well crafted collection of media material that explains things ever so more succinctly than is my wont!    ( please click here for the downloadable and printable pdf versions)

Now shock collar advocates / salesmen make a seemingly strong case that without shock collar training, there would be some dogs that simply would not live to tell the tail.    I am a middle-aged grandmother, not a professional dog trainer … but I simply cannot agree with that!

Straight, sweet and simple!    Why?    Because even this middle-aged granny knows that fear is only effective until the trigger becomes more important to the dog than the deterrent!     Years ago I lived next door to a fellow who kept his dog contained in the back yard with an E Fence.     Once that dog understood that a few seconds of pain was the only thing standing between him and his liberty, the e fence was about as useful as the proverbial tits on a bull.

In other words, even a middle-aged granny like myself can easily grasp the idea that using shock collars to overcome dangerous behaviours is right up there with the duct tape fixes at the Possum Lodge!   The difference being of course that the Red Green fixes are good for a giggle … while suppressing unsafe behaviors is simply risky business!

Would YOU want to adopt a dog that had been “fixed” with a shock collar?   Bring this dog into your home?   Walk this dog on the street?    Have this dog in your neighbourhood?   With your kids?   Cats?   Dogs?

The truth is that nobody wants to see a dog die!     Rescue people are almost hardwired to want to save every dog and to reject the idea that a dog is simply not saveable!   It goes against every fibre of their being to say … yes it is better and safer to euthanize this poor dog!

What time is it?     It is always time to correlate the connection between our own humanity and choosing humane methods of animal husbandry!     At the end of the day … that is the real issue, eh?   In this fast paced world, shock collars are simply used as a shortcut by those unwilling or unable to invest the time and energy to make enduring, positive change!

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