APBC Continues to Challenge Cesar Millan

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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>The APBC has joined with national and international behaviour and welfare organisations in condemning some of the techniques used by Cesar Millan, the self-styled &ldquo;Dog Whisperer&rdquo;.</p>\n<p>APBC Chair, David Ryan says, &ldquo;It is only right that people are made aware of the adverse effects that some of these training methods can have on their pets and the relationship they have with them.&rdquo;</p>\n<p class=\"rtecenter\"><b><u>Concerns over aversive dog training techniques</u></b></p>\n<div>UK animal welfare, behaviour, training, canine and veterinary organisations<sup>1</sup> are again warning of the possible dangers of using techniques for training dogs that can cause pain and fear, such as some of those seen used by Cesar Millan, who starts his UK tour this week.</div>\n<div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n</div>\n<div>The organisations have joined forces to voice their serious concerns about techniques which pose potential welfare problems for dogs and significant risk to owners who may copy them. These concerns are shared, and the statement supported, by similar organisations around the world<sup>2</sup> and in continental Europe<span><span><span style=\"line-height: 115%; color: black; font-size: 12pt;\"><sup>3</sup></span></span></span>.</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div>Aversive training techniques, which have been seen to be used by Cesar Millan, are based on the principle of applying an unpleasant stimulus to inhibit behaviour. This kind of training technique can include the use of prong collars, electric shock collars, restricting dogs&rsquo; air supply using nooses/leads or pinning them to the ground, which can cause pain and distress. The use of such techniques may compromise the welfare of dogs and may worsen the behavioural problems they aim to address, potentially placing owners at considerable risk. A number of scientific studies have found an association between the use of aversive training techniques and the occurrence of undesired behaviours in dogs.</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div>The organisations believe that the use of such training techniques is not only unacceptable from a welfare perspective, but that this type of approach is not necessary for the modification of dog behaviour. Dog trainers all over the UK use reward-based methods to train dogs very effectively. Where dogs have behaviours which owners find unacceptable, such as aggression or destruction, qualified behaviourists achieve long term changes in behaviour through the use of established and validated techniques of behaviour modification without subjecting dogs to training techniques which may cause pain or distress.</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div>We urge dog owners to carefully consider the help they choose to train their dogs or tackle behavioural problems, in particular to ensure that the trainer does not use any techniques which may put the welfare of the dogs at risk.</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div>Further information on:</div>\n<div>&bull; the misconceptions which underlie the use of aversive training techniques</div>\n<div>&bull; the development of behaviour in dogs</div>\n<div>&bull; the problems associated with the use of aversive training techniques</div>\n<div>&bull; finding a suitable trainer or behaviourist</div>\n<div>can be found at: <u><a href=\"http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org/\">www.dogwelfarecampaign.org</a> </u></div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><b>-ends- </b></div>\n<div><br clear=\"all\" />\n<hr size=\"1\" align=\"left\" width=\"33%\" />\n<div id=\"ftn1\">\n<div><span><span><span style=\"line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt;\"><font color=\"#0000ff\">[1]</font></span></span></span><font size=\"2\"> <span style=\"color: black;\">Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Accreditation Ltd., </span>Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT,UK), Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group (CABTSG), Dogs Trust, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), The Blue Dog Trust, UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists (UKRCB), Wood Green Animal Shelters and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).</font></div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"ftn2\">\n<div><span><span><span style=\"line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt;\"><font color=\"#0000ff\">[2]</font></span></span></span><font size=\"2\"> American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB).</font></div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"ftn3\">\n<div><span><span><span style=\"line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt;\"><font color=\"#0000ff\">[3]</font></span></span></span><font size=\"2\"> European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine - Companion Animals (ECVBM-CA), European Society of Clinical Veterinary Ethology (ESCVE), Norwegian Association for Pet Behaviour</font></div>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div>\n<div>\n<hr size=\"1\" align=\"left\" width=\"33%\" />\n</div>\n</div>\n<div>\n<div id=\"ftn1\">\n<div>\n<div id=\"ftn3\">\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n</div>\n<p><strong>For further details: </strong><br />\n<u>Pippa Hutchison</u> <em>(APBC Public Relations)&nbsp; </em>01436 840194 </p></div>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p><u>David Ryan</u><em> (APBC Chairman) 07734 446158.</em></p>\n<p><em>NOTES FOR EDITORS<br />\n</em></p>\n<ul>\n<li><em>The APBC, founded in 1989, is the leading organisation in the field of companion animal behaviour and many of its members are at the cutting edge of the latest research into this rapidly growing discipline. The APBC organises a number of seminars and events throughout the year for both the veterinary and behaviour professions. Further information can be found at <a href=\"../../../../../../\">www.apbc.org.uk</a></em></li>\n</ul>\n<ul>\n<li>Further information about the organisations supporting this statement can be found at <a href=\"http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org\"><u>www.dogwelfarecampaign.org&nbsp;</u></a></li>\n</ul>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1513045919, expire = 1513132319, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5e0953ebc9bb2080268cfedb56121010' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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Date Released: 
01/03/2010

The APBC has joined with national and international behaviour and welfare organisations in condemning some of the techniques used by Cesar Millan, the self-styled “Dog Whisperer”.

APBC Chair, David Ryan says, “It is only right that people are made aware of the adverse effects that some of these training methods can have on their pets and the relationship they have with them.”

Concerns over aversive dog training techniques

UK animal welfare, behaviour, training, canine and veterinary organisations1 are again warning of the possible dangers of using techniques for training dogs that can cause pain and fear, such as some of those seen used by Cesar Millan, who starts his UK tour this week.
 
The organisations have joined forces to voice their serious concerns about techniques which pose potential welfare problems for dogs and significant risk to owners who may copy them. These concerns are shared, and the statement supported, by similar organisations around the world2 and in continental Europe3.
 
Aversive training techniques, which have been seen to be used by Cesar Millan, are based on the principle of applying an unpleasant stimulus to inhibit behaviour. This kind of training technique can include the use of prong collars, electric shock collars, restricting dogs’ air supply using nooses/leads or pinning them to the ground, which can cause pain and distress. The use of such techniques may compromise the welfare of dogs and may worsen the behavioural problems they aim to address, potentially placing owners at considerable risk. A number of scientific studies have found an association between the use of aversive training techniques and the occurrence of undesired behaviours in dogs.
 
The organisations believe that the use of such training techniques is not only unacceptable from a welfare perspective, but that this type of approach is not necessary for the modification of dog behaviour. Dog trainers all over the UK use reward-based methods to train dogs very effectively. Where dogs have behaviours which owners find unacceptable, such as aggression or destruction, qualified behaviourists achieve long term changes in behaviour through the use of established and validated techniques of behaviour modification without subjecting dogs to training techniques which may cause pain or distress.
 
We urge dog owners to carefully consider the help they choose to train their dogs or tackle behavioural problems, in particular to ensure that the trainer does not use any techniques which may put the welfare of the dogs at risk.
 
Further information on:
• the misconceptions which underlie the use of aversive training techniques
• the development of behaviour in dogs
• the problems associated with the use of aversive training techniques
• finding a suitable trainer or behaviourist
can be found at: www.dogwelfarecampaign.org
 
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[1] Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Accreditation Ltd., Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT,UK), Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group (CABTSG), Dogs Trust, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), The Blue Dog Trust, UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists (UKRCB), Wood Green Animal Shelters and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
[2] American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB).
[3] European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine - Companion Animals (ECVBM-CA), European Society of Clinical Veterinary Ethology (ESCVE), Norwegian Association for Pet Behaviour

 

For further details:
Pippa Hutchison (APBC Public Relations)  01436 840194

David Ryan (APBC Chairman) 07734 446158.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • The APBC, founded in 1989, is the leading organisation in the field of companion animal behaviour and many of its members are at the cutting edge of the latest research into this rapidly growing discipline. The APBC organises a number of seminars and events throughout the year for both the veterinary and behaviour professions. Further information can be found at www.apbc.org.uk