Today I took Remi hiking up a popular trail. On our way there we passed a lady, She had a australian shepherd puppy, maybe a few months younger than Remi. She was forcing the poor thing to sit, yelling it at it, popping the chock chain. I felt bad for him, and the other dog that they were with. It was the most fearful pit bull puppy I have ever seen, it lunged every chance it got, but its body language was all fear. I didn't say anything and kept walking cause Remi was getting anxious. On our way down, the same lady was half way up, and as I turn the corner, I saw her grab the aussie by its legs and slam it into to the concrete trail. The poor thing shrugged to get up, but she pinned it to the ground. I watch with tears in my eyes, and Remi flipped out, he sensed that dogs fear. I walked up to the lady and she told me, 'I'm making her calm down, shes too excited, and pulling me." I told her 'I'm not trying to offend you, but what your doing is inappropriate, and wrong. I don't agree with what your doing. You are only causing fear and anxiety for your dog." Her response was "Well I study dog training and this is how they taught me to do it." I told her "I study dog behavior and psychology; I assure you that is not how you train a dog to be relaxed and comfortable. Your making it worse, and breaking trust. I also train my dog and I've never once needed to throw him to ground." Her only response was to tell me "Your dog isn't trained he's pulling on the leash." My dog wan't pulling he is trained that he can go as far as the end of the leash, if there is tension he comes back to me, or if I call him he comes, willingly. Am I wrong for allowing this? I don't think its fair for my dog to walk at a heel the whole time I take him a walk. How many of you make your dog heel at your side on a walk at all times? When we got to the bottom of the mountain there was a women with a golden and another aussie. The aussie wanted to greet Remi and then lady started scream, "I'm not in the mood for your shit today Gracie, stop acting stupid!!!" The dog was so terrified that if hit the floor cowering and looking away. It rolled on its stomach, trying to make the women stop. The lady just kept pulling the choke chain. Why would people do these things there dogs? Their your companions, they want to please you, and be your best friend. And all these people do are abuse them. Sorry to rant and rave, What I'm getting at it that I want to became more of an activist and focus positive reinforcement training, and bonding with your dog. What should I know off the top of my head to tell people if I witness this again? I also have a feeling the only training that lady had was from the dog whisper, I want the show banned, Where can I complain about it? I'm sure if enough people complain we can get it removed from tv, at least I hope so. People dont know what their doing and should not be trying those techniques at home, or ever.