Friday, 23 September 2011

The end of an unforunate era

I've just had the email from the BBC press office in reply to my questions...

Short and very sweet...

"The One Show has thanked viewers for all their comments and criticisms which were taken very seriously. Last night the show featured various differing opinions plus advice from The One Show's vet on the subject of dog training and care.

"There are currently no plans for this feature to return."

We have two open questions currently running on Think Tank inspired by this One Show episode and we'd be very grateful for your input as it's obvious that these are questions people (and the BBC!) need help on:

What to ask to make sure your trainer knows what that are doing: Click here

What you really should do if your dog is resource guarding: Click here

What was impressive was how dog world reacted and it was remarkable and inspiring how everyone from every field worked together. 

Let's hope Jordan takes all this on the chin, listens to the criticisms and takes them all on board. I've heard lots of offers from good people who'd like to take him under their wing, doggie folk are a big-hearted lot and I'm sure he could be a great dog trainer if he studies hard and keeps learning.

Polite note:
And world, if you're planning a doggie-related crisis in the future would you mind avoiding our deadline week next time? 

Plus, a statement that I missed including in the rush:


“The CAPBT was very disappointed with the BBC’s decision to have dogs with behaviour and training issues treated as a form of entertainment.  Especially as in the past they have exposed bad practises in the dog breeding and showing world.  The methods used on The One Show were decades out of date.   Science has proved these methods no longer work.  There is no such thing as ‘being cruel to be kind’ only ‘being cruel to be cruel’.   CAPBT works on the emotions of the dogs and members only use kind and positive methods.  Examples of our cases can be read each month in Dogs Today.”

 
















16 comments:

Frances said...

Congratulations, Bev - an excellent result. I too hope the lad learns from this, and uses the wonderful offers that have been made - and that eventually we will see him back on television offering genuinely useful, well-researched advice. And even more I hope the BBC implements a proper policy on what constitutes an "expert".

Em said...

Well thank goodness for that!

Well done dog-lovers!!

As you say, although he's now off our screens, I hope Jordan takes our comments to heart and realises it's his methods, not him, that we were campaigning against. If he truly loves dogs and enjoys working with them I hope he accepts some of the offers on the table and puts some time and money into getting some qualifications.

Karen Rhodes said...

Thank you, Beverley, cannot wait to read the next issue. Please never retire, the dog world needs you.

Angela said...

Hooray!

Dawn said...

It is good to see that the power of complaints has finally worked. Lets hope that we all learn from this and as trainers, behaviourist, welfare organisations, pet owners etc. we continue to promote the positive methods of training that are so rewarding to both dog and owner

Dawn

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether he would accept, Bev, but if the BBC don't show Jordan's adventures amongst the dog trainers, perhaps you could...?

saran said...

Well done everybody and well done Beverley and Dogs Today for the amount of time and effort you put into this. At last the BBC saw sense

Theresa Rodger said...

People Power Beverley ..
On a serious note though, it`s left to us * new agers * ( even though we`ve been in the business for decades, ) out here in front line that end up picking up the pieces of that * sort * of training, and that`s not even mentioning the danger aspect . 0.0
Well done from me too.....

Frances said...

I don't know how long it will stay that way, but the nearly 50% of the Wikipedia entry for the One Show is now a detailed account of the recent events - and that doesn't include the finale.

Angela Pitman said...

Well done Beverley and everyone who took the time and effort to write in and pester as much as possible until common sense prevailed

Elmo Bear said...

he could always invent his own organisation and qualification like some other "legitimate" behaviourists do ;-)

IMC said...

Good work all round.

Our offer to Jordan still stands, and we hope he takes us up on it. I promise not to shove my foot in his mouth :)

Thanks to Beverley and everyone else who kept the campaign sane, and polite. It's been great to 'meet' so many new friends, it's even helped us channel our own thoughts and inspired us to make more new contacts!

Anna, Iron Mountain Canine

Anonymous said...

So often in the dog world, we feel that our voice is not heard. This is a real triumph. Well done to all of us pitching in and Beverley leading the charge.

Emma

Emma said...

Dear Mr Shelley,
I hope you realise that this whole campaign is because we hate the way you treated Roxy, it is not because we hate you as an individual. In truth, most of us look back at our 21 year old selves with a sense of embarrassment at our lack of knowledge, and our unconscious incompetence. You are not the first 21 year old to suffer from the arrogance of youth, and you certainly won't be the last. The disgrace is that you were given a much bigger platform to demonstrate your ignorance, (and therefore a bigger noose), by the BBC.
The One Show failed to do their research, they readily accepted you were a "dog behaviour expert" with a "dog sanctuary", when we now know neither are true, infact you have done fostering for a rescue whilst living with family members.
Can you recover from this professionally? Unlikely I would say. Certainly impossible unless you issue a statement which demonstrates that you understand exactly why you were wrong to treat Roxy the way you did.
But you have had many offers of help which I would suggest you follow up. Take the opportunity to learn about dog behaviour and training. Invest some time to educate yourself as to why all the reputable welfare organisations stand together in their opposition to Cesar Millan's techniques, instead of considering him as an "idol".
I think you will find the dog community is full of very forgiving people, since we know we have all made mistakes in the past. But you can learn from mistakes, and I truly hope you do.

Emma said...

Dear Mr Shelley,
I hope you realise that this whole campaign is because we hate the way you treated Roxy, it is not because we hate you as an individual. In truth, most of us look back at our 21 year old selves with a sense of embarrassment at our lack of knowledge, and our unconscious incompetence. You are not the first 21 year old to suffer from the arrogance of youth, and you certainly won't be the last. The disgrace is that you were given a much bigger platform to demonstrate your ignorance, (and therefore a bigger noose), by the BBC.
The One Show failed to do their research, they readily accepted you were a "dog behaviour expert" with a "dog sanctuary", when we now know neither are true, infact you have done fostering for a rescue whilst living with family members.
Can you recover from this professionally? Unlikely I would say. Certainly impossible unless you issue a statement which demonstrates that you understand exactly why you were wrong to treat Roxy the way you did.
But you have had many offers of help which I would suggest you follow up. Take the opportunity to learn about dog behaviour and training. Invest some time to educate yourself as to why all the reputable welfare organisations stand together in their opposition to Cesar Millan's techniques, instead of considering him as an "idol".
I think you will find the dog community is full of very forgiving people, since we know we have all made mistakes in the past. But you can learn from mistakes, and I truly hope you do.

Trail said...

Look who is coming back to town !!!!!
http://natgeotv.com/uk/dog-whisperer/videos/uk-tv-stars-wanted