On February 25, 2021, Netflix began broadcasting the first season of the new dog training series “Canine Intervention”. The Netflix original highlights the work of the dog trainer Jas Leverette, owner of the company Cali K9, from Oakland.
Like “dog trainer” Cesar Millan, who we have repeatedly criticized for his methods, Jas Leverette bases his training on the outdated “theory of pack hierarchy”. The footage shows Leverette using aversive methods and choke collars and leashes, the use of which is prohibited under Swiss animal welfare law. His YouTube videos suggest that he also uses electric collars, which are also banned in Switzerland.
Although Leverette also applies positive reinforcement, this does not change the fact that he uses training aids that have been banned in Switzerland for animal welfare reasons and that he applies aversive training methods in the series. Time and again, it has been found that dogs that have been trained with intimidation and violence are not “cured” afterwards. On the contrary, their problems are suppressed by it. Terms such as “relaxed submission” and fast-acting methods obscure the true problem and lead the owners to believe that they have found a quick fix.