Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments.
Many dog guardians use pronged collars or choke chains in an effort to gain control of their animal on leash. We've written before about both the cruelty and the lack of effect that these punitive methods have – there's even the possibility of worsening the problem. This Friday night, the SF SPCA Behavior and Training team will have a booth at the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center Grand Re-Opening; Stop by and we will give you some pointers on how to get your dog under control with alternative methods and tools. We will even swap out your prong collar for another device for free. Bring your dog so we can work with both of you. No judgments, just positive reinforcement.