).'It has come to my attention there are some evil dog walkers afoot (as well as many stellar ones). One walker loads her van with 20 or so dogs, often muzzling or tethering them in the van. More time is spent in traveling than many realize, so these dogs are overcrowded and uncomfortable. The walker has helpers ready at the dog park as the dogs are loaded off (six dogs per dog walker allowed in Toronto).
Another walker puts those e-collars on some dogs (electric/shock collars), prong collars; one places a heavy enough weight around the dog's neck to stop him from jumping out of the fenced dog park.
This is more than old-school. These are abusive methods being used. Tell your friends who choose walkers to find out where the walker takes the dogs and stalk the walker! It is not enough to hear positive reports. The dog with the weight around his neck may be calmer, but at what cost? His spirit is broken -- and imagine what a chiropractor would say upon examining the dog!
Stalk the walker! Three observational times should be sufficient. Watch the walker's tone of voice, volume, correctional methods (positive or punitive), time spent at the park, level of engagement (is the walker on the phone? talking to humans vs. the dogs under her/his care?).
This is an animal rights issue.
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Janice is the founder of and primary caregiver at Happy Trail Dogs Service. She is also the founder of an arts-related non-profit and worked in the fitness industry for over two decades. She is an artist, editor, writer, and mother of two wonderful women and a glorious lab named Frida.