A recent article in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior documented a case of brain swelling and ischemia (insufficient blood flow) in a 1-year-old German Shepherd that was held off the ground using a choke collar as part of training. The dog started to show significant neurological problems and a MRI confirmed brain swelling and ischemia. The dog was euthanized due to the extent of brain damage.
My colleague, Dr. Reisner posted this link a few weeks ago but after one of my recent consults, I can’t stop thinking about my patient. I felt it was important to repost the link. There are forms of training that can be abusive, especially in the hands of the uneducated. There are pros and cons to all training techniques. Knowing which techniques carry the least risk physically and emotionally is imperative when working with animals and in particular animals with aggression, anxiety, compulsive disorders etc….
Physical injuries should never result from ethical use of training methods. Please read the link below. This simply should never have happened. It quite literally turns my stomach.
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