Jeff Gellman: Criticism of US dog trainer ahead of Perth seminar

He said dogs treated with those methods usually already had behavioural problems, and punishment and pain techniques could make them worse. “Certainly the techniques that have been shown currently and throughout the media globally, is not really the best way to be training dogs.” Gellman has been the subject of worldwide criticism ahead of his international tour.

Lady Freethinker could not find an accredited professional canine association to which Gellman belongs or that endorses his training techniques. Gellman noted in a Solid K9 training blog post that he is a self-taught trainer. A video has been recirculating ahead of two UK seminar events – one in Manchester and one in Perth in Scotland – that shows Gellman hitting a dog at a previous event. “Through his livingbing teaching and guidance, owners who were once running out of hope and lacking confidence are now leaving his seminars feeling knowledgeable and empowered”. Mr Gellman’s seminar will focus on issues such as dog aggression, separation anxiety and stubbornness, according to its Facebook event page. However, the animal charity is urging people to avoid the two-day event, which costs up to £750 to attend.

One of the best ways to acquire these new methods and concepts is by working with and observing other trainers. SPCA said it did not support using pain or distress to train a dog when more humane options were available and more effective. The Ministry for Primary Industries said it would not be intervening to prevent the seminar in Auckland despite the concerns raised in the petition.

I developed a wide variety of training programs including their most popular off leash obedience and behaviour modification e-collar program. Dogs should not have to live with behavioural issues that cause them to have anxiety, fear, aggression, and destructive behaviours when there are many skills and tools to help your dog become balanced and happy. To date I have fostered approximately 40 dogs for different rescue groups and animal welfare organizations. These dogs have come into my home, stayed, decompressed, learned new skills and moved onto their forever families.

“Electronic devices have the potential for misuse and abuse. If used incorrectly, they can significantly reduce the long-term welfare of a dog.” I fear Prince Harry has killed off any sliver of hope of building bridges with his family, writes REBECCA… The change.org petition set the goal of reaching 50,000 signatures and as of Friday it had already garnered 46,961 signatures. Did some follow up training with Vander at his house, had to tweek a few things with him and his slight lack of respect for his owner, so after we were done, he fully understood how powerful his owner can be and stopped being so pushy. Shania came to us less than 2 weeks ago with a laundry list of issues including biting and constantly running away.

“Defenders of Animals, Inc., does not condone inhumane training techniques or any abuse conducted by any dog trainer,” said Tabella. “Dog trainers all have different techniques and opinions on what works and does not work; however, we cannot accept abusive training methods just because they appear to work,” said Tabella. “What I truly want to understand is not Gellman so much – but why people actually buy into aversive and downright abusive training methods. How can people in 2020 truly think there isn’t a better way when we know that there is?” wrote Dale.

As I got older I also participated in Agility with different dogs that we had throughout the years. Lloyd said in an attempt to stop trainers like Gellman, Companion Animals New Zealand was setting up an accreditation system where those who used fear-free and ethical training methods were recognised. “Using electric collars as a method of training rely on an animal experiencing an aversive, negative event which can cause an increase stress, increase the risk of aggression and other problem behaviours, and damage the human-animal bond.” She said there was scientific proof that using harsh punishment to train dogs created more problems, making them fearful and untrusting of people, she said.

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