|Barked: Mon Jan 24, '11 11:50am PST |
|Crazy, I tell you! This thread should be interesting.
I'm not here to strike up trouble. I'm just curious about an episode I caught today where Cesar used an e-collar.
The story is of a blue heeler that was a working dog. It worked on a farm with cows. The dog had a deadly obsession with biting tires. The dog had been run over 3 times. One time her lower jaw was pushed through the roof of her mouth, and another time her eyeball got popped out. So this dog is down to one eye from her obsession, and not even losing an eye stopped her from biting the tires.
An even bigger problem was that it was usually just the farmer and the dog. So, the farmer would get in his truck or get in his tractor and wouldn't be able to see the dog.
I can relate to this as I am a farmer...although I don't deal with cattle. I'll be honest, I have used aversives to keep the dogs out of the way of the tractors and other equipment. Never an e-collar though. Some dogs were just so confident that they were going to get hurt. You can't just keep these dogs tied up either.
I guess I'm just curious about everyone's opinion on this particular case. I'm wondering if anyone has every worked with a dog this obsessed with something. I know there are a million and 1 ways to teach a dog something, so I'd rather not get into the whole "e-collars are brutal and CM is a monster" debate. Although, I am expecting that to come up in conversation lol. How can it not here?
Is THIS a case where an e-collar is used properly or is a good consideration? I have my opinion, but I'm curious about others. I'm really trying to keep this specific to this dog's case and not broaden it to a general "chasing" cars thing as this was much more than just chasing cars.
I wish I could find a whole episode to show you guys, but I only have this snippet.
ETA: I so wish dogster would make adding videos easier. The video showed up perfectly in preview, but just vanished after I posted. Hopefully it'll work now.
Edited by author Mon Jan 24, '11 11:52am PST
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