I’ve just finished watching quite a few videos of Barbara Woodhouse training puppies and older dogs on YouTube. Although she may come across as a strict school teacher waiting for someone to do something wrong and then correct that person, I don’t think that she deserves terms like ‘bully’ or ‘cruel’ to describe her. I know that using a choke chain may be controversial for some people, but I think that’s mainly down to seeing other people using the chain incorrectly and actually thinking that an owner is literally choking his/her dog. It is not about yanking a dog, it is simply a quick correction and the chain then becomes loose again. A choke chain is not supposed to be used to create fear or to inflict any pain. Like any training tool, a choke chain can be effective if used correctly! Loads of people use a slip lead for puppies and there is essentially no difference whatsoever. My father always used choke chains on all of the dogs I had when I was growing up and they walked perfectly for everyone in the family and that was from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Whilst I don’t agree with her arguably over the top way of making a dog sit, she was very firm and the dogs listened to her. She also helped us use the familiar term “walkies” and she argued that there was no such thing as a bad dog. I think a lot of the hatred she seems to generate online is mainly from people who either disagree with her techniques and methods of training a dog or simply don’t understand them. She’s much better than Cesar Milan. The former did not want to cause any pain to dogs and demonstrated ways to not cause any back pain or any injury to dogs. The latter has hit dogs before and thinks it all about being the Alpha male.