Yesterday I said I was attending a two-day obedience seminar.
I walked out.
I am incapable of silent complicity when things are simply not okay.
Let me be clear — different opinions are valuable! My concerns were not about different opinions.
In my world, hitting dogs to teach behavior is not okay. I am not alone in thinking that — see, for example, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position Statement about punishment by clicking HERE
I want to be respectful and thoughtful about what I say about that whole misadventure. Therefore, I won’t say much now because I am still processing.
But I left that seminar heartsick and angry, and reminded that the sport of obedience has a ways to go.