I had an experience this past Sunday while I was at my dog's training class. There are a number of pit bulls in the class and I feel good that these owners are being responsible and want their dogs well trained. Some of them wear shock collars. A few have severe issues and seem to be overcoming them well. We were all standing in a line waiting to start the agility course for the first time when the pit bull in front of me went off the deep end. In a split second he went from a sit/stay facing the front direction to airborne and right into my dog's throat. My Deerhound had done nothing to distract or agitate this dog, in fact he was having a good time untying my shoes. Before I even had time to absorb what was going on and step in to intervene, this dog was stretched out wriggling and making strange noises. I thought he was having a seizure as I scooped up my rather heavy dog to protect him. (It's a Mom thing, you wouldn't understand). Just as suddenly the dog stopped and ran between the owners' legs trembling. The trainer ran over and helped me check out my dog's injuries (which were none but a gooey coat) and then asked me to put Haggis back on a sit/stay. He took the leash of the offending dog but under no circumstances would that dog go anywhere near mine. Then the trainer explained what had happened. He had the controller for the pit bull's shock collar and was waiting for the dog to freak out (so we were the bait for all of this) and then shocked to dog for a full 5 seconds. The pit bull thought Haggis had hurt him and was instantly afraid of him and tried to run away from mine when we went back into line. Apparently the pit bull will remember this (I hope) and not go near my dog again).
The reason behind this tome is to state that I will NEVER, EVER!!!!
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