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New campaign to protect pet dogs

The Autumn Aversives 'Amnesty', launched by Canine Behaviour Guernsey and supported by the GSPCA. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A new campaign to improve animal welfare standards in Guernsey is being launched today.

The Autumn Aversives 'Amnesty', launched by Canine Behaviour Guernsey and supported by the GSPCA, aims to raise awareness among pet owners about the damaging effects certain training products and devices can have on our animals' physical and mental health.

In dog behavior terminology, an “aversive” is something unpleasant that is used to suppress or diminish an unwanted behavior

An amnesty box will be placed at the GSPCA reception desk. People can hand in any aversive item anonymously.

We do not aim to criticise or judge anyone who may have used or who are using these products. Many people will not have even realised that the product they are using is aversive and we totally understand that.

We have also included anti-pull head collars and anti-pull harnesses, which aim to stop a dog from pulling through tightening around the snout or body, on our amnesty list because they are also of an aversive nature and there are some great alternative products out there that are more effective and can be used instead in association with training.

– Anna Jane Brehaut, Canine Behaviour Guernsey