The BBC have just made the following announcement:
“The One Show has thanked viewers for all their comments and criticisms which were taken very seriously. Last night the show featured various differing opinions plus advice from The One Show’s vet on the subject of dog training and care.
“There are currently no plans for this feature to return.”
(Via Dogs Today editor Beverley Cuddy’s blog, a great read by the way)
I am absolutely and utterly relieved. Not delighted, nor pleased, not at all chuffed. I actually feel really sickened.
Of course I am happy that we will no longer be expected to accept the methods portrayed in the name of dog training. I am happy that the dog world united against a person self-styling themselves as an expert. We definitely do not need any more folks like that in the industry. We have conveyed an essential message about the need for proper regulation. *silent hooray* – ABTC (animal Behaviour and Training Council) will be heartened.
Why do I feel sick?
Well, this last week I have been dealing with a number of dogs who for one reason or another have faced destruction and their owners have decided to get help instead. I would have much rather spent my thinking time helping plan out strategies for these people. Yes, I fulfilled my commitments to them as a professional and yes, we are still working together on long term solutions. Nevertheless the amount of energy and emotion spent on making the essential points about harsh punishment of dogs by amateurs has totally interfered with my job. It was my choice of course, but it was not just my effort – lots and lots of colleagues have found themselves in the same situation this past week. We have our jobs to do, and this caused us to spend time defending our profession from an amateur.
Not to mention the reported cases of dogs being put to sleep as a result of Jordan Shelley’s methods – already.
Well, time to reflect, and put things in perspective a little, get some sleep, and look forward to a new day of challenges. Thank you everyone for keeping this argument so rational and I believe, fair. We should come together more often. I hope that we will, in the name of good practice where we can.