Sniff and Go: R+ and Fear- Free Position Statement

Sniff And Go Aligns with the following professional organizations for BetteR+ Dog Walks

Although at Sniff and Go, we are familiar with how to properly use tools such as prong collars and e-collars, our position on fear-free and positive reinforcement (R+) training methods aligns with the following professional organizations. 

If you currently use a prong collar or similar, we can work on transitioning out of that and into a secure harness or collar option instead. Our goal is to work on what is at the core of why each dog may react to certain triggers while developing positive associations to all aspects of walking in public areas.

Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems. Aversive training methods have a damaging effect on both animal welfare and the human-animal bond. There is no evidence that aversive methods are more effective than reward-based methods in any context. AVSAB therefore advises that aversive methods should not be used in animal training or for the treatment of behavior disorders.

The ASPCA supports training methods that are based on an understanding of how animals learn and incorporate kindness and respect for both the pet and the guardian. Humane training does not inflict unnecessary distress or discomfort on the pet… The ASPCA is opposed to any training equipment that causes a pet to experience physical discomfort or undue anxiety.

    The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) would like to inform the dog owning public about the ramifications of a reliance on dominance theory as it relates to understanding dogs, interpreting canine behavior, and living harmoniously with our canine companions. Positive reinforcement should be the first line of teaching, training, and behavior change program considered, and should be applied consistently. Positive reinforcement is associated with the lowest incidence of aggression, attention seeking, avoidance, and fear in learners.

      Studies show that dog owners that use aversive equipment have diminished bonds with their dogs, and are less satisfied with their dogs’ behavior.

      PPG holds that the use of pain, force or fear to modify behavior, train, manage or care for pets is completely unnecessary.