A case of dog training gone terribly wrong

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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.

Please share this post to educate as many people as possible.

Severe brain damage after punitive training technique with a choke chain collar in a German shepherd dog.

Published in: on April 1, 2013 at 8:32 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. That is absolutely terrible. I can’t help but wonder if this is a symptom of popular TV that shows dominance training. In the hands of the inexperienced, this can be deadly just like as in this case. As a dog trainer, I never used methods that could cause physical harm. If someone would not want to be chocked, pronged, or electrocuted then what makes them think it’s ok for them to use those on their dog? Very sad story and I hope that people can use stories like this to encourage them to seek out positive training techniques only for the sake of their dogs.

    Josh
    Twitter: @K9TrainerJD


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