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Stupid Items Created for Dogs

April 1st, 2010

I’m appalled, often, at what the industry sells for dogs.  I realize it’s actually for owners, but it’s a mass of stupid items that no dog would ever care about. It doesn’t improve your relationship with your dog, doesn’t help with behavior, doesn’t work for dog obedience.

I thought I’d list a few.  Feel free to add to this.

  1. Bottled water
  2. Halties
  3. Rental dogs
  4. Dog concierges
  5. Body painting

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  1. From Beth and Sandy, Cascade, April 1, 2010:

    6. Pet cell phone
    7. Doggie doorbell
    8. Dog hair bows, necklaces
    9. Dog wigs, hats, TIARAS

    I’m just saying…

  2. From Cindy, Newton, Levi, Nitro, Milo Shipe, April 29, 2010:

    Ok, so I dress my dogs, but most times it’s for a “good” cause (parade, fund raiser for the rescue, prizes).
    However, here’s my list of stupid stuff:
    10. Prong collars
    11. No-jump harnesses
    12. Leashes over 1/2″ thick
    13. Pigs ears
    14. Rawhide
    15. Dresses
    16. Perfume
    17. Carrying bags


  3. From Lynda, Summer & Auggie, May 17, 2010:

    My all time favorite (Stupid
    Items Created for Dogs) is without a doubt,’Neuticles’
    (Testicular prosthetic implants for neutered pets)

  4. From Doadoadoa, December 18, 2015:

    My comments here are mlerey my opinion, and are in no way intended to insult anybody or to suggest that trainers are completely wrong to use e-collars. I have the greatest respect for Rick Smith and all of the excellent professional trainers out there, but I have to say I have been and always will be against the use of e-collars. I understand why they are used, and in the right hands they are effective and mostly humane. I always have to ask How were the Germans able to train such incredible pointers before the advent of electricity? The answer I think, lies in time and patience. E-collars are a great time saver, but in my opinion, they are no more effective at training a good dog than simply taking the extra time and being very, very patient with your dog. I have trained several German Shorthaired Pointers (an energetic and difficult breed to train), yet all of them turned out to be amazing bird or field trial dogs. All without the use of e-collars.The biggest problem I have is with people who use the collars with absolutely no concept of their true purpose, or how harmful they can be when used improperly. I have actually seen a professional trainer repeatedly bring a dog to its knees with the use of a shock collar, simply because the dog was headstrong and the trainer had no patience at all. I challenged him to try the collar on himself. He hasn’t used one since and is producing some truly amazing dogs. My lesser problem lies in the belief that many trainers are looking for shortcuts to training and don’t want to spend the time and patience needed to effectively train a dog. It really does take time to train a good hunter, and the europeans managed it for hundreds of years without e-collars.In summary, I believe e-collars can be an effective training tool, but ultimately they are mlerey time-savers and are simply unecessary if you take the extra time with your dog. But it does take a lot of extra time. If you must use an e-collar, wait until you have laid a very solid foundation before introducing the collar.

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