It is a huge problem, I know... I reckon some people should never have dogs, or at least not get them before receiving some sort of education about them, their behaviour etc... I was actually wandering many times how great it would be if people would have to be assessed, tested and ceritified before they're allowed to own an animal. Any animal. I may be dreaming, but just think how many cruelty cases could be prevented by doing this.You are right Federa, it is not about people. But People do have to lead their dogs and if the owners cant be educated on some level, how on earth do they understand the issues and then work with their dogs?
Anyways... I didn't say I hated him, just that I don't agree with most of the stuff I've seen. Some approaches that he made are necessary. I have a DVD at home with some of his shows, so I'll just go and have a look again. Didn't see it all, as I couldn't be bothered.
There's one show where he's helping great dane overcome it's fear of walking on tiles that I particularly disliked as he was forcing the dog to walk on it. My dog was petrified of crossing the road when I first got her. She was petrified of entering an elevator, she was scared of many things. I haven't forced her ONCE to do anything, or pulled her, or used choker on her. It took me a while to help her overcome her fears, it wasn't instant solution. Today, she's just a normal, well behaved dog, as if there were never problems in her life (of that kind). So I'm thinking - why use force when you can have the same result by being gentle and going slow? The only thing that comes to my mind is that people are in a hurry to get things fixed quickly, and he offers and delivers a quick fix, which in my opinion is not all that great (for a dog in those cases).