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Re: “Dog Eat Dog

I am a professional dog trainer here in the Treasure Valley and have been training dogs for nearly 20 years. I have never heard of The Dog House, so all I can do is talk to the owners in this situation. Whoever was involved, did the following occur: 1. Did the trainer shout or yell at any of the dogs? 2. Did the trainer use a training collar or “choke chain”, if so, did the trainer ever snap the choke chain beyond a 2-3” correction? If he used a “choke chain” did he use it to control a dog (i.e. did he pull on the lead and give multiple correction while the dog was attached), if so, for how long and how hard? As the story states, Did the trainer “kick” the dog to get the dogs attention? The reason I ask these questions is because it is these types of actions that can mentally and physically harm a dog without the owner’s knowledge. If these types of practices are being practiced, it is animal mistreatment and can cause more problems in the future for the dog. Many trainers that that use these types of methods do it in the name of “training” or establishing dominance. More often than not the owners will easily get sucked into the idea that this is acceptable and the right course of action. You may not realize it as the owner, but you are hurting your dog mentally and physically if you answered yes to any of the questions above. Choke chains have been proven in court and in clinically studies to be extremely dangerous if used for the following two cases 1). A choke chain is forced on a dog that has not been acclimated or trained to wear it, therefore the dog fights the process and in turn suffers physical and mental trauma or 2). A trainer over-corrects and causes additional physical or mental trauma. Remember this, most trainers that use this type of training will give the owner a song and dance to justify their actions. Don’t get sucked into the smoke and mirrors of why a technique is justified. It is mistreatment and needs to be stopped. Finally, in this case…are either party 1). Mr. Lima 2). The Dog House willing to take a polygraph? If everyone is stating that Mr. Lima is making this accusations up, then request the court to order a polygraph and vise versa.

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Posted by Wilson on 01/17/2008 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Dog Eat Dog

The previous comment from "nevikrs" is outrageous! I know Mr. Lima personally and my family has known his family for nearly 10 years. Mr. Lima is nothing like what "nevikrs" has mentioned in his previous comment. Both of my kids are lucky enough to be able to take judo instruction from Mr. Lima, and have for the past 2 years. He is by far the best coach or leader those kids have ever had and they have proven it in their competition record. I am not commenting about the story because I don't know the details like 80% of you don't know about the details. If you weren't there, then shut it. If you were there, save it for the court room. Mr. Lima is a very honest and trustworthy individual. He wouldn't be associated with the Boise Police Athletic League and spend dozens of hours a week volunteering to share judo to kids that need it. Like I said, I know Mr. Lima personally, he is doing what he feels is the appropriate thing to do as a consumer. Every consumer has the right to share their experience and opinion publicly and if necessary notify the appropriate organizations that can resolve the issue. All I can say is, don't judge a book by its cover. Perception is everything, and I can tell you being good standing citizen and mother of two, Mr. Lima is and always will be someone me and my kids look up to. As for "nevikrs", you probably got in trouble or "released" from your job at the Travel Agency and you obviously don't have a clue what you are talking about.

Posted by Wilson on 01/17/2008 at 10:15 AM

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