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For too long, Jeff Gellman, owner of Solid K9 Training in Rhode Island has been engaging in and teaching dog training techniques that are scientifically unproven and harmful to dogs - oftentimes using tools that are banned in other countries such as electric shock collars (banned in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, etc.) and choke collars (banned in New Zealand, Austria, Australia, Switzerland and more). He promotes a "technique" that includes hitting as punishment. In a recent video, Jeff can be seen hitting a dog causing it to cry. A clip can be found HERE.  (See the Pet Professional Guild's statement on the use of shock collars HERE. See the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's statement on the use of aversive training methods HERE.)

Under Rhode Island state law, "Every owner, possessor, or person having the charge or custody of any animal, who...willfully, intentionally, maliciously, recklessly, and/or knowingly authorizes or permits that animal to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering, or cruelty of any kind; or who places, or causes to have placed, on any animal any substance that may produce irritation or pain...shall be punished for each offense in the manner provided in § 4-1-2."

We are asking Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha to investigate Solid K9 Training and these abusive practices including hitting, choking, shocking dogs. Our dogs deserve better. They deserve HUMANE and scientifically backed training approaches.