This was reprinted with permission from Don Hanson of Green Acres Kennel Shop.  Don is the moderator of Kennel-L, an email list for pet care facility operators.

what does it mean to be a pet friendly facilityAs owners, operators and employees of boarding kennels and daycares we are entrusted with the care of our client’s pets, which in many cases are also our client’s best friends. Our treatment of those pets should be as kind and compassionate as the care we would provide to our own best friends or our own children. If you wouldn’t or shouldn’t do something to an infant, you shouldn’t be doing it to a pet. Spraying them with squirt bottles, or shocking them with electronic collars is not “pet friendly,” is unlikely to resolve the real problem, and is totally unnecessary. Most pets that act out at a kennel do so out of fear, frustration and stress. Intimidating or punishing them is only going to increase their stress.

Being Pet Friendly means we NEVER use, recommend, sell, or rent the following: remote shock collars, underground fence systems using shock or citronella, anti-bark collars using electric shock or citronella, choke collars, or prong collars.

As we offer training classes or behavior consultation services we are committed to using positive reinforcement based training.

We continue our education on pet care and behavior and understand that dominance is an outdated construct that has done far more harm than good and proactively educate our clients on this matter.

Thankfully, at DogBoy’s Dog Ranch, you can rest assured that we are a pet friendly facility, and will always be a pet friendly facility!

Here are some websites and articles that are good reference for the positive pet friendly movement:

AVSAB Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in the Behavior of Animals

AVSAB Position Statement on the Use of Punishment for the Behavior Modification of Animals

AVSAB Letter Expressing Concerns About the reality TV Show “The Dog Whisperer”

Vets on Behavior Proclaim Never Use Shock Collars

Dr. Mech’s Paper – Alpha Status, Dominance and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs

Truly Dog Friendly web site

If you’d like to know more about what makes DogBoy’s a pet friendly facility, come for a group tour, Saturday’s at Noon.

Photo above: Receptionist Jana McSwain gives some love to staff dog Murphy Andrews, while Ferrel Jackson works diligently in the background.