Dogs Deserve a Pain-Free Future

October 20, 2010, we celebrate the last stretch of our Never Shock a Puppy pet blogger campaign for 2010. We’ve spent the last 8 weeks trying to raise awareness and raise money. Now is as good a time as any to reflect on why a bunch of us banded together to nudge the traditional dog training mindset in a pain-free direction.

We cannot change the entire dog training world, but we can:

  • Ask questions
  • Offer options
  • Raise awareness
  • Help individual dogs and individual families who are struggling

Our tagline all along has been … Because learning shouldn’t hurt. And, that’s really the bottom line.

While dogs often get whatever is left of our time and energy after the modern world gobbles us up, they give us everything they have.


We simply believe there is no reason to cause pain or fear or intimidation in the name of teaching dogs the rules of living in our lives.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Lilly, canine heroine of Champion of My Heart, an award-winning dog blog, asks you to take the Never Shock a Puppy Pledge ... because learning shouldn't hurt!

Old-school dog training that relies on punishment and outdated, debunked theories and methods will live on … no matter what any of us do. That’s the sad truth.

BUT, not at my house. And, Lilly and I hope not at your house either.

So, today, which happens to be the SIXTH anniversary of the day we adopted Lilly, we’re asking for your support, your donations, and your pledge. Consider it a Gotcha Day gift for the canine heroine in my life.

Take the Pledge!

If you believe that dogs deserve a pain-free future, we ask that you take the Never Shock a Puppy Pledge and make a donation (even a small one) to our charity partner, Humane Society of Boulder Valley. In November 2010, they’ll launch their own No-Choke Challenge. Our work supports their work.

Extra credit goes to those who post their pledge and this link to Twitter or Facebook or other social media venues:

Just donated & took #nevershockapuppy pledge because dogs deserve a pain-free future

We even have donation incentives for those willing to chip in $50 or $75 or more.

If for some reason you cannot see or use the donation widget below, please visit the Never Shock a Puppy Donation Site instead.

Read More!
Never Shock a Puppy coalition members (and others, we hope) are blogging from their own sites today. Check out this blog hop to learn more.

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3 Responses to Dogs Deserve a Pain-Free Future

  1. Pingback: Champion of My Heart » Blog Archive » Day 8: Never Shock a Puppy

  2. What a great cause! I fully support you–and my shelter dog, Oliver, does too!

  3. Just wanted to add to MyKidsEatSquid and commend you for doing this. It’s so important that we treat all baby animals — including humans and dogs — with kindness, gentleness, and respect

    Jennifer Margulis @
    Mothering Outside the Lines