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Keeping an Abusive Dog Trainer Out of Chicago Area; Dealing with Dirty Dogs on WGN Radio


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Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman was scheduled to host seminars at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. On my Sunday WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show you hear why so many professionals and anyone who ethically cares about dogs wanted to see Gellman turned away. Listen to my conversation here with Dr. Fila Jokela, who is in the process of being boarded as a veterinary behaviorist and dog trainer Stephen Frost, KPA CTP, SBA, CPBT-KA

Dog trainer Jeff Gellman

Sadly, I’ve now learned it’s possible that when Bark Avenue backed out due to enormous public pressure, which may have led to legal pressure, another facility secretly is hosting this aggressive trainer. What’s more, I’ve learned via an unsubstantiated report, that a facility that trains service dog is hosting Gellman. Training service dogs is hosting this man, who may arguably legally abusive?

Stephen Frost

Dr. Jokela and Frost discuss how a coalition of professionals and dog lovers have hopefully succeeded at keep trainer Jeff Gellman from coming to Bark Avenue  We talk about why throwing things at dogs, for example, is hardly humane or effective. We talk about how the heck people might think this type of training can useful. Can you imagine, that’s Gellman’s solution to separation anxiety, as he demonstrates here. Jokela says her business greatly depends on trainers who use shock or electronic collars for the damage these products due to dogs.

Frost explains that by using force and intimidation you might get a dog to suppress a behavior – but that effect isn’t long lasting, it only looks good at the moment.

What none of us understand is how dog owners – who must love their dogs – could or would even be taken in by trainers spewing obscenities, unprofessional actions and even inhumane techniques. Why else would a trainer ever need to hide where he may be appearing or turned away by entire nations, which has happened.

What To Do With Dirty Dogs?

Dirty dog? Pay attention now: Paul Fehrenbacher is the Chief Mutt at Mutt Jackson and he explains what that’s all about on WGN radio. This now mobile dog wash facility that will transform your dog instantly into a canine model. Mutt Jackson is at PupTown, the dog friendly area (dog park) at the North side of Margate Park (4900 N Marine Drive).

Fehrenbacher, who is on the Board of Directors of Montrose Dog Beach, offers an update on fencing at the beach, as well as whether or not it may open or when that could happen.

Also, supporting diversity in veterinary medicine in all new way.

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