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The purpose of the Alberta Force Free Alliance is to provide a one-stop resource for dog owners who are passionate about ensuring all dogs are handled in a loving and force free manner in all areas of their lives, be it training, veterinary services, grooming, doggy daycare, rescues, breeders, kennels and boarding, animal events or retailers. Everyone listed in the resources has signed a pledge promising that dogs entrusted to their care or under their instruction are handled without intentional intimidation, flooding, force or pain, and with as little restraint as is safe for the dog and humans involved and without intent to cause harm. The retailers listed will not sell or promote any training accessories that work based on the principle of scaring or inflicting pain such as citronella collars, ultrasonic bark deterrents, pet correctors, choke collars, prong collars or shock/bark/e-collars.
To create a business directory for Alberta dog owners of dog related businesses that adhere to force free and humane training and handling of dogs with everything they do and to educate and spread the knowledge of scientifically researched and recommended methods of force free and humane training and handling of dogs.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
To provide a resource for dog owners wanting to make force free and humane choices for their dog's needs and to provide education to participating businesses and the general public in helping them understand the benefits of force free humane methods.
* A word on martingale collars...these
collars were designed to use with dogs whose heads are narrower than
their bodies and can easily slip out of a regular collar while on leash.
That said, these collars are, in most cases, not fitted correctly which
causes them to tighten no differently than a choke chain or slip lead
and can easily lead to physical damage (trachea and thyroid) and
psychological/emotional damage. Many aversive trainers recommend use of
these collars specifically to be used as a correction tool. The Alberta
Force Free Alliance does not support the use of martingale collars as a training tool and
advises extreme caution even when using them as they were intended.
Ideally, a leash should only be attached to a body harness or a head
collar such as the Newtrix or Halti and collars should be used for
holding ID only since even a flat collar can inflict trachea or thyroid
damage on a dog that pulls. In order for a martingale collar to be
fitted properly, the two rings that attach on either side of the flat
portion of the collar should be able to meet so that when the dog pulls
and the collar tightens, you can still slip a finger underneath the
collar and it is not tight around your dog's neck. See pictures below.