I voluntarily work in a rescue centre, we take on strays and that's how Rimmy a staffie cross came to us he wouldn't walk at all to begin with so he has improved somewhat he can walk in one direction but will utterly refuse to move the other way he becomes scared, cowers and won't walk. I'm only a volunteer however I'm studying animal behaviour and have done dog training/obedience classes and I'm not happy withthe way they're working with him trying to conquer this. I'm not happy with quite a few things they do but I don't have much say I am moving when I can. I was completely shocked and hurt for this beautiful boy when I saw how they were doing it. Note his behaviour isn't control or manipulation it is genuine crippling fear you can just see it all over him. Basically they were just dragging him no encouragement, no talking to him or loopking at him just dragging him like he was being punished and he was panicking you can see his horror in his eyes and he wailed and tried to resist (he wound up with a graze on his belly from it) and they just carried on. I was utterly horrified, angry and upset wanting to whisk him away but when asking I was told to p*ss off excuse my language, yes very nice people as you can see.
Now even though I was horrified that this is how they were trying to train him I haven't got this experience to say what they were doing was wrong, I know there is tough love etc but my heart truly ached seeing this scene and being a coward I haven't returned yet because I felt my mouth would get the better of me with no evidence that this was actually wrong. I thought this behaviour wouldn't help
if anything scare him more. I am going to move to another shelter as I just can't stand the place I'm at anymore, the only reason I'm there is because of a reference. But is this wrong what they were doing? I may have just been being over sensitive?
What would be the best way to help rimmel I've tried searching and reading but am not getting very far. So I came here, I hope that's ok, I've thought about thundercoats and de sensitisation etc I'd be willing to buy him one if it's suitable. But harnesses and whatnot and training I just want to if anything suggest ideas, write a note maybe even practise them with him. I can do relevant reading, just want to be pointed in the right direction. He is such a beautiful dog and to see his pain so raw I just don't think that is anyway to get a dog to trust and get more confident.