I can see everyone's point on this and i'll add only that the one dog that got hurt is only one dog of how many thousands that do this, I understand we live in a society that tries to prevent any harm to anyone but sometimes their are other factors at play as was stated. With that said I wouldn't have my dogs feet not touching the ground because I believe the same type of training can be done without him dangling plus I do think we'll be wrestling any bulls or bears to the ground in my backyard and unless you live on a farm why would u need this training?
this is a great debate, good work discusing this topic.
in regards to this post i quoted above---
im not sure what you mean by "training"? when you ask what is the need for this training, sorry I cannot answer that question because, im not training my dog to do anything. im giving my dog a "workout" and setting the springpole at different levels in hieght work different parts of the body. also, gives the mind a "challenge" my dogs love challenges, its not only a physical workout its a mental one, which satisfys my dog FULLY. as you read and look on you will see the result. (below)
in regards to the springpole being "too high" I think its a little bit overboard lol. the dogs feet ae on the ground (I took these pics the same day as the video)
his rear feet are on the ground.
this is him jumping at his own will..
now, I find when the feet are ON the ground they tend to make the pads on the feet damaged from all the tugging. I have had dogs bleeding at the feet putting our keep off track for healing time.
here is some of my fav. springpole pics...
my boy mase goin right up the tree.
my girl bunny also used to work this springpole going up the tree and doing back flips off it.
and no,... no dog was injered with on this "tree" springpole.
heres bunny at our current house set up.
we have a rubber matt to aviod pad damage.
as far as "why" we do this?.... (quoted above)
heres the results, I cant argue with the result, this is not JUST from using the springpole... but the springpole is a large part of this condition.
this is how we go to dog shows and take home some ribbons and sometimes trophies