I have to say I was more than a little disturbed by Ami Moore's letter last week [March 10] in response to your article on pit bulls ("Born Bad?" February 24). Ms. Moore's contention that her training methods had been misrepresented or misunderstood lies at the core of a greater issue of how dog trainers use various methods and throw around various terms describing their methodologies.
Full disclosure: I was a recent client (January 2006) of Ms. Moore's, which resulted in a very unpleasant experience for my family and our dog. Suffice it to say that our dog is a gentle, well-tempered, totally nonaggressive younger female mixed breed (cattle dog, small shepherd) with no pit bull. Our motivating factor in choosing Ms. Moore was her self-promotion as Chicago's "Dog Whisperer." As many dog owners know, this term is closely associated with positive reinforcement training and has a national profile from such programs as the National Geographic channel's Dog Whisperer as well as the best-selling book The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owens. Neither of these trainers advocates the use of electronic collars.