By Gina Spadafori
March 16, 2005
Please go over to Christie’s and support this good cause. She’s also ranting about journalism at the top of her blog, and she went to a much better J-school than I did so she does have some standing on this subject. My J-school was so bad it’s amazing I ever found work in this business.
And also: Blue poodle picture from Global Pet Expo. It’s just too amazing not to share.
I like poodles, especially standards. They’re smart, and they’ have a good sense of humor. And obviously they’re very tolerant of all the nonsense we put them through. Here’s a column I wrote a while back on that subject.
Finally … I got my first enthusiastic phone call from someone I handed a card to at GPE. I had asked to get a product sample of a heated dog bed, but the person apparently thinks I’m missing the real story. She noticed I haven’t written much about "electronic dog training," and says her company is eager to help me write about all their electronic training tools.
Um … there’s a reason I don’t write about electronic dog training: I don’t like it, and I don’t recommend it for most people or most dog-training situations. (And when I do think shock collars are called for, such as for predation, I recommend that people use a professional trainer, someone who understands more about learning theory than just zapping the holy hell out of a dog.)
If electronic training were so wonderful, we’d be putting shock collars on our children.
As for systems that keep dogs on a fenceless property: You want a dog? Build a fence. Or walk your dog, as people who live in apartments do.
Electronic containment systems don’t protect your dog from being attacked by other animals, harrassed by neighborhood punks, or stolen. And they may set you up for a lawsuit.
Noted trainer Pat Miller has one of the best pieces on the subject.
Good fences make good dogs.