A so called dog trainer who charges £600 per person for his seminars was due to hold a seminar in Manchester this summer.
Jeff Gellman, who owns Solid K9 Training, has been publicly criticised for his 'techniques' on social media, leading him to deactivate his twitter with his tail between his legs.
The widespread outcry began this week when videos of his sessions with dog owners made their way onto the internet, showing the coward hitting unsuspecting dogs with rolled up towels.
The RSPCA has labelled Jeff's methods as 'completely unnecessary' and voiced 'significant concerns' over a technique he refers to as 'bonking'.
A video has been recirculating ahead of his two upcoming UK seminar events – one of which is held in Manchester – which shows Gellman hitting a dog in the head.
In the clip, the dog trainer forcefully throws a rolled-up towel at a dog's head, who yelps in shock and cowers in front of its owner.
Unqualified guru 'dog trainer' Jeff Gellman is at it again. He says these videos are all highly edited, but they are simply clips from his YouTube channel. We have to stop this man terrorising innocent dogs. pic.twitter.com/zr76xaujMB— Jason Michael ? (@Jeggit) January 17, 2020
This so-called expert dog trainer @SolidK9Training plans on a Scottish seminar tour. The @ScottishSPCA is urging people not to attend. Let's keep this man the hell out of Scotland. #NotWelcomeHere pic.twitter.com/xRLMqHkzT8— Jason Michael ? (@Jeggit) January 15, 2020
His two-day Manchester seminar is set to take place on August 15th and 16th and somehow, he charges £600 per person (and dog) according to his Eventbrite page – which we won't be linking.
The page reads: "The seminar address will be emailed along with your confirmation once a ticket is purchased."
In response, the RSPCA said: "This video is really upsetting. We understand this incident happened in the US but we’ve been made aware that this trainer is due to host an event in Manchester.
"We have previously written to Solid K9 Training to make them aware of our concerns over their training techniques and methods and are doing so again.
"We’re in the process of contacting Eventbrite, asking them to remove this from their website, and we’d also like to write to the venue to make them aware.
"Unfortunately the venue has not been advertised so if anyone knows where the event is being held then we’d ask them to let us know."
Of course, with any outrage like this, a petition to "end Jeff Gellman's abuse of dogs" has been started – with over 50,000 people signing it so far (including us).