From the Train Humane site:
Train Humane’s Mission:Our mission is to make the world more humane for dogs through the use of humane training tools and education.Raise the bar on the tools we use to train all dogs and puppies to ensure that they are humane, safe, respectful and cause as little stress as possible without choking.
Sounds pretty good to me!
Alecia Evans is the founder of Train Humane day, and I do confess that I couldn't remember having heard her name before. Then I realized that, from All Things Dogs, I had seen her Walk in Sync training method mentioned, and had intended to read more about it. Oh yes, that that September 27 as Train Humane day was mentioned there. There's memory for you!
This video is from the train humane site:
I've tried very hard to train Elka without force, after I began to educate myself more regarding training methods. Have I been able to do this 100%? No, unfortunately, but that's my shortcoming, not Elka's. If I'd known about clicker and marker training from the beginning, I think that my training toolbox would have been far better in her younger days. There are times I lose my patience and raise my voice, because "she just isn't listening". Of course it's easy to want a robot dog that bows to your whim, stops pulling on the leash, etc. At least I never really bought into using a choke chain; I had one, for reasons that escape my memory (there it goes again), but it was ill-fitted, my timing was bad, and Elka really didn't seem to care that she was being choked. So I found another way. Good Jen! click/treat. Every day, we work on things, get closer, get further, it's the way it goes. She forgives, which is a significant detail.
Another video from the Train Humane site, this one about dog physiology, the opposition reflex, and pressure on the chest versus the neck: