In 2010 Premier Pet Products, maker of Ez-Walk Harness, Tug-a-Jug, Busy Buddies toys, and many others, was sold to Radio Systems Corporation for some huge sum of money. Radio Systems Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of shock collars and other “training” devices that are rooted in fear, pain, and compulsion. This sent up red flags to many people in the R+ training world. Premier Pet Products and their, now, parent company put a spin on the news and implied that Premier would remain an R+ brand and that the additional financial clout of RSC would allow for further development of R+ training devices. This soothed the nerves of some of the concerned (or outraged) R+ trainers but there were still a number of trainers who were very anti Premier after this event.
I was somewhere in the middle. I refuse to support them with my money so I simply did not buy items if it was a Premier product. But, given the quality and the readily available nature of Premier products, I continued to suggest them to training students and clients. Not everyone has access or feels comfortable going online to buy a front hook-harness alternative to the Ez-Walk and we have no local retailers for the other harnesses available, so suggesting an Ez-Walk was the best solution at the time. Given the most recent changes, I can no longer, in good conscious suggest any Premier Pet Product…erm product.
It was recently announced that, contrary to the indication last year, Premier Pet Products will no longer exist. That brand will be absorbed by the Pet Safe brand that sells a wide range of tools that rely on the use of pain to train dogs–shock collars, anti-bark collars, scat-mats to name a few. So along side their clickers, Clik-Sticks, and treat pouches there will be shock collars, invisible fence collars, scat mats and other fun tools. Every penny you pay for your new Clik-R Duo could potentially (probably) be used to further research/development of products that support painful “training” practices. It is something I can no longer and will no longer support in any manner–not personally and not through suggesting products to my students.
So….now what. There are lots of great products no longer available to me… what to do!?! There are a few things to consider…. 1. I have heard rumors that some of the products may leave Premier/PetSafe 2. there are other comparable products out there, you have to hunt a little more and they are largely found online or at small pet stores but they exist!
So you want an Ez-Walk Harness…
How about you try the Sense-ation/Sensible Harness by Softouch Concepts. This is the harness I use for Shayne and I really enjoy not only the harness but also the company they are extremely helpful. One student had the representative on the phone for 30 minutes measuring, remeasuring and talking them through which size would be best for their growing pup.
You could also try the Freedom Harness by Wiggles, Wags & Whiskers. I have not yet had the chance to try this harness but I would LOVE to. I’ve heard amazing things about the fit and the versatility of this front hook harness.
So you want the Premier Treat Pouch…
Well there are many many treat pouch options. Here are a few of my favorites…
My Treat Pouches LOL
So you want a Gentle Leader
I’m not a huge fan of head halters in general BUT here are a few that are somewhat similar but also some that are different (rear attaching).
**I have been made aware the the Halti (now sold as the Holt) are owned by a company that also sells shock collars… so they are off the list as well BUT I was reminded of a head halter called the Snoot Loop which I had forgotten about
So you want a Clik-Stick and/or button clickers
Unfortunately there isn’t another clicker/target stick all in one BUT there are target sticks and I’ve found using some velcro strips you can fashion a make-shift clicker/target stick all in one!
Clix Target Stick (this one is a little too small to attach a clicker too but it makes it easy to hold both the clicker and the target stick)
Quiet Clicker (button style like the iclick)
So you want a treat dispensing toy like tug jug, kibble nibble, squirrel buddy, mushroom magic, or linkables…
There are lots of really good treat dispensing toys available here are just some of my favorites
So you are interested in Bouncy Bone, Bristle Bone, Jack, Chuckle, Waggle, etc.
WestPaw Design toys (Huck, Hurley, Bumi, Twiz)
Nylabone toys (any number of them … the link is to the “powerful chewer” toys)
So you are interested in a Premier martingale collar…
Since it’s Saturday, here’s a quick edit to plug the saturday blog hop…. I’ve been reading a bunch this morning and there are some good ones!