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Train Without Pain

We don’t bribe, we reward.

We are positive but not permissive.

We pay attention to what our dogs like and dislike and use this information to control rewards and punishments in order to get the behavior we want from our dogs.

We use food, play, toys and real life rewards to train and maintain behaviors.

We understand that our dog’s emotional well being is important. We don’t get the behavior we want without taking into account what the cost may be on the other end of the leash.

We use the science of learning and our larger cerebral cortex to solve behavior issues understanding the many positive options available.

We make every effort to eliminate as much positive punishment (adding something the dog doesn’t like in order to suppress a behavior) as possible. We are not perfect, we are trying every day to come up with creative solutions using positive reinforcement and the other quandrants of operant conditioning, if necessary. We do this because we understand the possibility of behavior fallout when using positive punishment and the risk seems too high.

We train without pain and intimidation.

We set our dogs up to succeed so that we can reward.

We don’t command our dogs. We request compliance and make it worth their while.

But most of all WE LOVE OUR DOGS!

from First Class Canine

Letter regarding future of Premier Brand Name

Sept 13, 2011

Friends of Premier:

We appreciate your partnership as a valued contributor to the success of the Premier brand over the years. As we continue to work diligently to meet the needs of our consumers and their owners, we have some bittersweet news to share with you.

After exhaustive research, we have made the decision to move all of the Premier branded products under the PetSafe brand. The rationale for making this decision is:

1. Moving forward, we intend to put many more resources in marketing and marketing spend to reach our consumers with our innovative products. Spending against one brand is immensely more efficient than two.
2. Many of our large retail partners have pushed us in this direction to reduce the total number of brands within their stores.
3. Historically we have built brand names at what we consider the category level. In the quantitative research we recently completed, this was confirmed as the Premier name did not resonate from an awareness level with the consumer, veterinarian or trainer, however the Gentle Leader and Busy Buddy brands did.

As we move forward and start marketing more aggressively against one “umbrella brand” with the trusted category brands, all products will benefit from an awareness boost.

This does not change our commitment to growing the reward based positive training product line. As a matter of fact, it is a pillar to our strategy over the next five years. While the Premier name will go away, the business unit will remain and will continue to develop reward based positive training and solution products. We have taken a number of steps to utilize both internal and external animal behavior knowledge throughout all aspects of our business to ensure products and protocols are safe and effective.

Although we do not have a firm timeline around the launch, our plan is to target October of 2012. This will not change our commitment to sponsor worthwhile events and causes. The name of the sponsor will simply transition in October, 2012.

Should you have any concerns or questions or need clarification please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of our team. I can be reached at and my phone number is 865-824-5530. Thank you, we look forward to our continued partnership in developing and marketing products that truly make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.


Jason Hart
Director of Marketing – Companion Pet

Premier was purchased by RadioFence last year. PetSafe is the brand of shock collars RadioFence sells. 

KORRECT KRITTERS WON’T SUPPORT SHOCK COLLARS and will no longer be purchasing or recommending Premier products.


Training dogs with help of the shock collar

The short version of this study is that dogs show fear and pain when shocked.

Behavioural effects of the use of a shock collar during guard dog training of German shepherd dogs were studied. Direct reactions of 32 dogs to 107 shocks showed reactions (lowering of body posture, high pitched yelps, barks and squeals, avoidance, redirection aggression, tongue flicking) that suggest stress or fear and pain. Most of these immediate reactions lasted only a fraction of a second. The behaviour of 16 dogs that had received shocks in the recent past (S-dogs) was compared with the behaviour of 15 control dogs that had received similar training but never had received shocks (C-dogs) in order to investigate possible effects of a longer duration. Only training sessions were used in which no shocks were delivered and the behaviour of the dogs (position of body, tail and ears, and stress-, pain- and aggression-related behaviours) was recorded in a way that enabled comparison between the groups. During free walking on the training grounds S-dogs showed a lower ear posture and more stress-related behaviours than C-dogs. During obedience training and during manwork (i.e. excercises with a would-be criminal) the same differences were found. Even a comparison between the behaviour of C-dogs with that of S-dogs during free walking and obedience exercises in a park showed similar differences. Differences between the two groups of dogs existed in spite of the fact that C-dogs also were trained in a fairly harsh way. A comparison between the behaviour during free walking with that during obedience exercises and manwork, showed that during training more stress signals were shown and ear positions were lower. The conclusions, therefore are, that being trained is stressful, that receiving shocks is a painful experience to dogs, and that the S-dogs evidently have learned that the presence of their owner (or his commands) announces reception of shocks, even outside of the normal training context. This suggests that the welfare of these shocked dogs is at stake, at least in the presence of their owner.

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