by lotsofdogs2 on 23 February 2009 - 01:02
I have a training question. I have a 21mo old male that I sent to a well respected kennel for Schutzhund training. After 16days I visited my dog and found that he was severly dehydrated, had lost over 20lbs and had acid burns on his testicles from lying in his urine. I immediately took him to the vet and didn't return him to the facility. I was told later that the trainer couldn't get him to work for him so he made him go without food and water for days because he believed that he would accept him as alpha and work for him once he offered him food again. I think I showed up unexpectedly during the starving phase. I'd like to know if withholding food is common practice for trainers working with uncooperative dogs. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
by KatK9 on 23 February 2009 - 01:02
Witholding food to this extend is cruel, has nothing to do with training and sounds like they don't care about the dog period, if the kennels aren't clean either.
I personally do not withhold food for training, they might skip breakfast if i want to go tracking, but usually they eat on the track or get a brunch afterwards.
I would call the police on this guy!
by Two Moons on 23 February 2009 - 01:02
It sounds like the dog was not cared for well at all.
Just move on, don't feel shy about telling the guy he's an idiot.
by lotsofdogs2 on 23 February 2009 - 03:02
by hexe on 23 February 2009 - 03:02
by stormhasit on 23 February 2009 - 05:02
I would follow the vet's suggestion here and file on him!
Be grateful that you got your dog out before any more damage was done. Now do right by the dog...
by Kelly M Shaw on 23 February 2009 - 15:02
by malshep on 23 February 2009 - 16:02
by spernagsds on 23 February 2009 - 17:02
by tiffae89 on 23 February 2009 - 17:02
How is he now that you have gotten him back?
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