My husband thought it worthwhile to remind me of my outrage at Princess Lea’s treatment of the Ewoks in Star Wars: ‘Don’t scratch them behind the ears” I said “just because they are furry! Pffff!”. That is a typical remark for me: I approach animals respecting their comfort zone, their personal space, and I am devoting most of my time finding out how to read their language (vocal or otherwise) to better assess their internal state to make my interaction with them even more pleasant.
- I believe in treating the animal gently, patiently, fairly and with respect.
- I believe in treating a dog like a dog, not like a wolf, a human, or a 21st century Lassie hero.
- I believe in an approach that is respectful of the owner, and that does not ridicule, shame or make them feel guilty.
- I want to avoid the use of potentially aversive or damaging training equipment like haltis, remote-controlled electric collars, electric barking collars, electric fencing, citronella barking collars, prong collars, choke collars, tethering and semi-choke collars.
- I believe in the duty to research the latest facts and information, not promulgating my opinions baselessly.