Eva Mendes admits using a shock collar on her Belgian Malinois ‘attack dog’

Last year, I wrote what I thought was an innocuous story about Eva Mendes based on some new-at-the-time photos. I remember that day – it was super-slow and I thought it was interesting that Eva was running errands around LA with her giant dog, but that she hadn’t put her dog on a leash, so she ended up half-choking her puppy as she walked with him from a building to her car. That whole situation was somewhat familiar to me – I don’t take my dog out for errands without putting him on his leash (because he’s a bad dog who runs away), but I’ve had occasion to clutch my dog’s collar tightly, assuming the half-choke position, just to control his movements for a short time.

Anyway, when Eva was on The Late Show last week (sorry I’m just getting to this now, I didn’t know if I wanted to cover it), Eva talked about her Belgian Malinois Hugo and how “All he wants to do is prove his love to me, you know, all he wants to do is kill for me. It’s so sweet.” Again, I sort of know what that’s like. My dog can be ferocious – 100 pounds of snarling dog – but only with, like, groundhogs and rabbits. When deer come onto my property, my dog actually cries. I’m serious. The deer upset him! So, what is Eva solution for her dog’s killer instinct? She told Dave, “I’d feel terrible if he hurt a little thing so I try to get in there and I use — people always get mad at me for this — but I use a shock collar on him… And I have the remote. But I’ve tried it on myself at all levels… I swear!” Here’s the video:

I have mixed feelings about this. While I believe that Eva isn’t trying to be cruel to her puppy and I’ll buy that she doesn’t shock her dog just for the hell of it, only as a path to behavior modification, I do find cruelty in the entire situation. Eva starts the story by telling Dave that Hugo is an “attack dog”. I take that to mean that Hugo was trained to be a protector, a guard dog, an attack dog. Which means that WTF is Eva doing taking Hugo out when she’s just running errands and getting her hair done? That is a dangerous situation just waiting to happen, with or without the shock collar.

Incidentally, Eva has a new interview with NY Magazine and she actually complains about people knowing about her dog! Here’s the weird part:

Mendes and Gosling have known each other for years; he recommended her to Cianfrance for Pines. But when I ask how the couple met, Mendes cuts me off. “That’s where I start to shut down, because it gets into personal territory that I don’t feel comfortable talking about. So sorry.” She wishes that tabloids would blur the faces of their dogs, Hugo (hers) and George (his), in photos, like British papers do to kids’ faces. “I’ll go somewhere and they’ll be like, ‘Hey, Hugo!’ and I’m like, ‘How do you know Hugo’s name? That’s so creepy!’ ” Pushing my luck, I ask if she wants kids. “I’m so out of here!” she says, laughing. “You know the cartoon where the steam comes out and it says, ‘Boop-beep-boop. System down!’?” She disappears into the bathroom for a long time, but returns just as I begin to wonder if I’ve been ditched.

[From NY Magazine]

Girl, you JUST told a story about your dog on The Late Show! People know about your dog because you talk about him on nationally televised interviews! And people ask about Ryan Gosling because you make sure to get pap’d with him once a month!! Ugh.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. Leigh says:

    Shock collars are not cool.
    If you can’t control your dog, you need to work on it’s training or know when to leave him at home…
    (IMO)

    • Liv says:

      So true! And I’m surprised that there are actually photos of her walking the dog with a leash!

      Seriously, I don’t believe her for a second! Because she calls the paps all the time there is plenty of prove that she don’t use a leash when running errands. Why would she do that when her dog was a dangerous one? You better leave your dog at home or put a leash on, end of story.

      I think she uses a shock collar because she has no idea of her dog and doesn’t train him, so he doesn’t listen and runs off. Telling lies about why she’s using the shock collar speaks volumes.

    • teehee says:

      People can control bigger and badder dogs without the use of shock, so it says something about her training skills.
      We had 4 rotties and never needed such a thing, even with the toughest male. Regular chain collar suffices.

      • Eleonor says:

        THIS. My father used to have a caucasian sheperd, which is a gigantic dog, and she was a very nice, well mannered dog. Unlike you tried to enter in the garden without permission, or attack one member of our family. She was nice and decent with everyone.

      • Sherry says:

        Thank you! I have a 106 lb. long coat German Shepherd. I do not need a shock collar on her. I just had to take her to the vet yesterday for her annual checkup and she was perfectly behaved. I was able to hand her off to the assistant to get weighed, she socialized with other dogs that were in the waiting area. She sits when I tell her, lays down when I tell her. Stays. She’s been trained since she was a puppy. She looks intimidating, because of her breed and size, but she’s just a family pet who’s been raised with other dogs and three kids.

        Why does she even have an attack dog? I would be nervous that “switch” could go off at the wrong time. Like what would happen if an overly excited fan approached her for her autograph? Would the dog attack?

      • Rachel says:

        If by chain collar, you mean a choke collar, I feel that those are more cruel than a shock collar by far. People who misuse choke collars can do permanent damage to their dogs with the constant pulling and squeezing the dog’s throat. And most people do not take the time to learn how to use them for training purposes. They do simply use them to “choke” the dog when s/he doesn’t listen.

        I have a 98 lb American Bulldog who I can control without the use of a shock collar or a chain. It’s about working with your dog and creating a bond. If he starts to pull, all I have to do is quietly say his name.

      • teehee says:

        Well I can only speak from my own experience. There are pros and cons, and yes people can misuse any kind of chain or collar, period.
        it is necessary to use positive and negative reinforcement with a dog– no way around it- but somehow, the concept of shock just does not sit well with me, when my experience using even just cloth collars has worked just fine.
        I guess what Im thinking is, if you have to resort to the last possible measure, maybe that dog isnt for you or isnt suited to particular situations, or the basic training was insufficient, etc. Shock is not standard for a house pet even if it isnt ‘painful’. Try starting with a smaller dog maybe to get the hang of disciplining a dog before jumping to a large, intelligent breed thats more challenging.

    • Alana says:

      This is an ignorant comment. Just because you use a shock collar doesn’t mean you’re evil, that’s simplemindedness. Some dogs (even ones that aren’t “big” or “bad” or whatever) are nearly impossible to train. And when videotapes, articles, and trainers don’t work, you try schock collars, not permanently, but to train your dog. Even schock collars didn’t work for sammy, we had to quit using them because she would rather have shocked herself. You just don’t know what it’s like to have a dog you CANNOT train. The only time she’d listen is if she knew she’d get a treat, and even then, it wasn’t 100% guaranteed. Thank god she was potty trained in the kitchen, nowhere else around the house though, just impossible.

      • Ranunculus says:

        Sorry, but an attack dog you cannot train should never, ever be off leash!

      • Jj says:

        If the dog is impossible to train, why being it all over the place in public, especially places you know you’ll get attention. Obviously her message and motives are mixed.

      • roxy750 says:

        Agreed, do a little research. Hunting dogs especially use shock collars for the initial training– but there is much more to it. Those who use it are actively and heavily involved in training. Trust me, even with the collars some dogs are so crazy–they have an instinct to chase and run which can be dangerous for them near roads, etc. There is a fine line with cruelty vs training. It’s not that horrible, but there are many dogs that it is unnecessary for and some dogs like this Belgian that is bred for a certain purpose. This dog has instincts and is a very smart dog, each owner has their own challenges. Most owners love and invest lots of time, money and energy as having them be the best pet they can be. Either way I don’t like Eva anymore, she’s stupid for her comments and I agree with Kaiser on this post!

      • Liv says:

        People should inform themselves before getting certain breeds. We have a huge trend over here in Germany, many get Border Collies, Rhodesian Ridgebacks or Weimaraner – they end up in shelters because most of the owners didn’t realize how much work these breeds are.

        People should be more responsible when picking a breed and Eva is one of them. If you can’t train a Malinois, don’t get one.

      • whatthehell456 says:

        This particular breed is extremely intelligent and in fact is used as police dogs in Europe. These dogs are incredibly trainable and in no way should a shock collar be used on them. I think she’s just too damn lazy to train the dog properly and probably isn’t dominant enough to earn the dog’s respect,

      • Hakura says:

        @WhatTheHell456 – Agreed. Belgians are even often used here in the US, at the Pentagon, both as guard dogs, & bomb/contraband sniffing dogs. You know it has to be possible to train those dogs to perfection in that case.

        If anyone has ever seen the ‘Dog Whisperer, they’ll know it’s not a problem with the dog. It’s a problem with the human.

    • Kahlia says:

      Sorry, but I think shock collars have their place. We have a beagle-corgi mix that is extremely intelligent and stubborn. She LOVES barking. We took her to trainers and got her to stop barking when we were in the room, but as soon as she was unsupervised, she would go into full-on bark mode (she’d hear other dogs in the neighborhood, which would set her off). Since she’d only bark when we were out of the room/gone at work/trying to sleep, we gave up and got a shock collar. Best thing ever. Set it to vibrate and it fixed the problem. Of course, she’s too smart and figured out that if she doesn’t have the collar on, she can still bark. Hopefully, she doesn’t figure out that since she’s so well-behaved when she’s wearing it, we don’t actually turn it on anymore…

  2. Bowers says:

    I think positive reinforcement is a better way to train a dog, and a shock collar is negative reinforcement.

    • Leigh_S says:

      Actually, from a behaviour psychology point of view, a balanced approach that includes incorporates aspects positive/negative reinforcement and positive/negative punishment is most effective.

      Positive reinforcement: action = reward
      Negative reinforcement: action = absence of reward

      Positive punishment: action = consequence
      Negative punishment: fail to act = consequence

    • ol cranky says:

      sorry, I have to disagree with the “positive reinforcement only” training attitude. (guess what, saying no is negative reinforcement!) The modalities of training that are appropriate to use depend on the dog in question. There are times and circumstances under which use of an electric collar is appropriate but the modality should only be used by people who know how and when to use it. The implication that anyone who uses an electric collar for anything is being inhumane and/or doesn’t know how to handle their dog is utter BS. Whether or not Mendes can handle her Mali or even whether a Mali is an appropriate dog for her is, IMO, debatable (they are great dogs and they can make great pets but, like many incredibly intelligent, incredibly strong, working breeds, they need to be owned by not only an experienced dog owner but one familiar with and capable of handling the dog).

      Just to be transparent: I’ve worked with multiple behaviorists and trainers over the years (I have knowingly adopted dogs with various behavioral issues and some of my fosters come to me with behavioral issues that I work to ensure that they are adoptable and that their adoptions are successful). Two of my dogs have had some training done with an electric collar (and, yes, I test the settings on myself) though I pretty much only used vibrate for one of my dogs, I used very low levels on the other and the use of them was limited to training. I don’t know why anyone, aside from hunters who use them for recall over long distances, would use them while a dog is out as a matter of routine.

      Shocking an animal when it’s acting aggressive/over-stimulated (as Mendes appears to be saying she does) is counterproductive. She needs to work with her trainer to teach her Mali drop it and leave it commands to use when his prey drive kicks in and he goes after prey.

      Despite having a 6-foot privacy fence, I had to break down and get an electric fence as well because my smallest dog can actually climb it (don’t ask, we don’t know how and we don’t want her teaching the others how to do it as getting out and running down a winding road is a safety hazard for them). My pibble’s the only one who’s been shocked by it and she seems to like the feeling since she will go over to the fence and stand by it for a few minutes and then casually go back to playing. The others reacted to the flags and warning beeps so they don’t venture close enough to get a buzz even when a squirrel is on the fence.

  3. Cinnamon says:

    my husband’s mom had a large rottie that was the most unruly dog EVER when he was 1-2. He jumped all over everything and every one and we decided to put on him for a few weeks. it really doesnt hurt. its like a surprise zap rather than a shock zap. but it only took a few weeks and everytime he tried to jump you just picked up any remote and he sat back down.

    • marie says:

      have you ever tried it? cause as I’ve said on here before my dad also thought it didn’t hurt, until he tried it on and it zapped the crap out of him. and then it kept zapping him as he begged me to get the collar off. it does hurt.

    • Anna says:

      “it really doesnt hurt. its like a surprise zap rather than a shock zap.”

      And you know because you first tried it on yourself, right?

      And if it doesn’t hurt, then why don’t we use them on unruly children or criminals?.. (hint: because it constitutes as torture)

      • lem says:

        i actually have used one myself b/c i wouldn’t put it on my puppy before i knew what it felt like. by no means is it enjoyable, but it doesn’t hurt/cause pain. and i put it around my neck so i would know what she was experiencing.

      • ol cranky says:

        I’ve tried it on myself and it’s not torture. I jacked the setting up way higher than I would ever consider using and that’s like a nasty slap of a huge static discharge.

        Why would you use it on an animal? Because it’s a noticeable distraction that helps refocus the brain and/or create an aversion to something.

    • Liv says:

      There also are collars with vibration.

      Anyway, why don’t you use a bottle with water? Spatter it on him instead of using a shock collar. It’s still a shock for the dogs, but not a electrical one.

      I am generally against shock collars, but there might be exceptions. But not for every day training.

      • Tessa says:

        Yes, water is good. Also a plastic sandwich bad filled with loose chain link thrown at their feet with a stern “No!” is very effective. The sound the bag makes is unpleasant to them, and they will learn pretty quickly that their actions bring on this sound and stern reaction from Master. I feel all dogs are trainable if you put in the time and effort.

      • maria says:

        My husband said the one on our husky dudnt hurt and I tried it on myself bc I have the worst baby like pain tolerance and it didny hurt at all. I guess it depends on the brand you buy.

  4. Meow Mix says:

    Going to get crucified for this but if used properly they can be useful. I have a 600 acre farm and my dog has a habit of running off and chasing deer. She was at one point found in the highway median 5 miles from home. I would rather use the collar than see her get hit by a car. That said she figured it out very quickly when she was wearing it and when she wasn’t.
    It’s also not much different than using invisible fencing that shocks them when they try to leave the property. No one considers the fencing cruel.

    • Liv says:

      You know, that’s why everyone who uses a shock collar should work with a trainer. You should have made the dog wear the collar for weeks before using it, so that he doesn’t connect the signal with wearing the collar. Otherwise your dog has to wear the collar forever. Dogs are not stupid ;-)

  5. Leigh_S says:

    The other Leigh chiming in.
    I don’t know why she switches between leash and electric collar in public.
    But there are circumstances where these are a VERY good tool, in experienced hands.

    We have a Setter and use one for off-leash playtime now that we live in a place where none of the off-leash areas are fenced. (Essentially, an emergency brake)

    95% of the time the collar is just there. But the 5% when he gets fixated on something or prey drive (bird/squirrel) overrides his ears, the ability to break the fixation is what keeps him safe. (ie from leaving park boundaries and into traffic or getting lost in the woods)

  6. Danielle says:

    And then people wonder why she gets hated on. People say it’s a race issue because she’s not white and she’s dating Ryan, how about it’s because she’s obnoxious and so far up her ass . Hey girl, you’re only relevant these days because of who you’re dating.

  7. French Reader says:

    “all he wants to do is kill for me. It’s so sweet”… erm, yeah, “sweet”, sure…

  8. Ailine says:

    I don’t understand how famous people don’t anticipate the high levels of intrusion in their lives. Of course people are going to know about your dog’s name, even if you mention him once. Don’t tell me she’s never read or watched a celebrity interview???

  9. Hannah says:

    What the hell? Blurring out the faces of their dogs?? Because the dogs are going to be psychologically harmed from being reported on in the tabloids? She’s crazy.
    Also, she’s talked before about how she doesn’t want kids. And now it’s a no-go-area?

  10. GoodCapon says:

    I remember people already commenting about Hugo wearing a shock collar way back in 2012, so this news is not really surprising.

    What I don’t understand is why she often ‘forgets’ to put him on a leash? It saves her the hassle of leading him everywhere.

  11. Kerfuffles says:

    I think that using a shock collar on a dog to keep it from doing something innocuous, like bark, IS cruel.

    However, if one is used very sparingly and only in situations to prevent the dog from being a harm to itself or others, I think it can be okay, especially as a last resort.

    She seems to love her dog. I can’t imagine her using that collar in a cruel way. That breed of dog is very smart and headstrong and might really need that more extreme training tool.

    However, I thought she was completely obnoxious in that New York magazine interview. Just snotty & ungrateful sounding. And I don’t have this opinion b/c of anything to do with Ryan Gosling. They seem like a hot couple, at least physically speaking. But personality-wise, she came across as just downright unpleasant.

    • Ranunculus says:

      Sorry I have to disagree with you on this. If you ever lived next to a neighbour with a dog who had a bad barking habit after a while you are begging him to but a shock collar on the dog. I always feel sorry for the dog because most of the times idiot neighbours who have their dog barking 24/7 should not have a dog in the first place, but when it comes to a dogs right to bark and my right for quietness, I think my rights should have priority.

      • orion70 says:

        I have this neighbor, and I admit to fantasizing about sending them one in the mail. But mostly I wish they just wouldn’t leave their dog outside barking for hours on end.

        I also have a dog and I would never leave her out to bark.

  12. Roma says:

    I lived alone with my dog for 4 years. When my boyfriend moved in, she had a serious problem adjusting. Lots of aggression, would block him from the hallway, etc. We tried every bit of training but the problem would only surface in my home.

    We were about to break up when as a last ditch attempt I bought a shock collar (had used the beeper and spray collars before). Without exaggeration, one day with training and she never showed aggression to him again. 3 years later and they hang out more than I do.

    I’m not saying it’s always right, but in my case I did everything and the shock collar was what worked.

  13. Ranunculus says:

    It is actually quite a scary thought that somebody like her, who is clearly not the brightest person is allowed to have an attack dog. She even lets him run around off the leash.

    • poppy says:

      +100000000
      train a dog to protect and kill but doesn’t understand or like him killing the little things, but yeah, let’s have him off leash, in public, to go shopping, in a crowded area where i know i will be chased and followed by the paps.

      • Jj says:

        This! That’s all I’m saying. Whatever your opinion on dog training and shock collars, I think we mostly agree that if you have a trained attack dog and he “needs” a shock collar taking him out in public as a celebrity on a lease/off a lease is totally irresponsible. That’s my opinion to the story.

  14. Jane says:

    We tried everything on our basset hound; one of the most untrainable dogs. She’d rather be shocked and get to bark as much as she wanted. We quit using it because she was just zapping herself all the time unnecessarily, because she couldn’t have cared less.

    • kellybean says:

      We also had a basset hound. And man, are they stubborn! We didn’t really have any problems with barking (until he was much older and then suddenly developed separation anxiety) but he was aggressive and leary of strangers, which is odd for a basset. We had to keep the poor guy on a leash at all times because he wanted to chase people. He never would have done anything if he caught them, he just liked the chase, I guess. I’m not sure if I would have used a shock collar on him because I would have felt horrible.

  15. cheerfulg says:

    Sorry to get off topic here, but did anyone notice how weird Eva’s face looked in the interview above? Something strange going on with her lips and something else I can’t pinpoint at the moment. And her over-annunciation/”trying to act cutesy at 40″ in the clip above is killing me.

    Well that is what my inquiring mind gets for pushing “Play”…sheesh.

  16. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I’m not a dog owner but shock collars seem cruel to me.

    I also get annoyed when people in the city walk around in busy areas with their dog unleashed. I almost collided with a dog on my run the other morning because this woman was running with her dog unleased. I turned a corner and missed the dog by inches. I think it’s ok in a park where the dog is safe but I just don’t think it’s safe to walk around a city with the dog off-leash.

    On another note, Eva sounds like a moron in this interview. Man, she is just really unlikable.

    • lem says:

      i hate when people don’t leash their animals. i live near a busy street and always see people walking their dogs without leashes and I worry that they’re going to see a squirrel and dart into traffic. i don’t see the benefit of not leashing.

      • orion70 says:

        I don’t either. Some people seem super confident in it because the dog is so well trained but I don’t think you can ever 100% train it out of a dog not to run after something that piques their interest.

        And it very much bothers me because I or my dog have been attacked by unleashed dogs on a number of occasions in my town. I’ve been bitten once, chased a few times and the last straw was when a particularly large dog came out of nowhere and had my 15 pound dog in his jaws in a split second. We were lucky to get away. And I no longer walk my dog in town.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      haha, she does, she never ceases to amuse me. She thinks she is such an independent, intelligent woman and tries so hard to sound like that when she is just a dumb dumb, even though she is smoking hot.

      I wonder how long her and Ryan will stay together, with the premise that they are for real, after one and a half year you usually have lost your rose coloured glasses and she doesn´t strike me as someone with much substance and Ryan seems like a guy that gets bored easily. But maybe he has changed and just wants to feel superior, who knows.
      And they haven´t been papped together in a long time. Hopefully there will be some set stories from his movie.

      • Ranunculus says:

        I bet she used the collar on him too. So they are both equally nuts now – otherwise I find it hard to believe anybody would want to be with her. But whatever, I am still hoping for interviews with them together. She is cringe worthy funny.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        OMG!YES! I wish he would have been with her on Letterman and there was a close up of his face while she was telling her cute shock collar story.
        Maybe we´ll get one on the red carpet of Pines- oh wait they are so private. Maybe when his movie will premiere at Sundance?

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      TOK
      Even in parks unleashed dogs can be an issue. Several times running in groups or alone i’ll see a dog run way ahead of the owner. Sometimes they’re friendly and sometimes they just stand there and growl. Terrifying.

      Why isn’t she using a harness? you get better control of the dog if you need it and why no muzzle? Isn’t that mandatory in most city areas? They make loose fitting muzzles for city pups so they can’t bite anyone, but can still breath and drink water fine.

  17. jinni says:

    Ugh. So her boyfriend thinks it cool to bring his untrained dog to yoga class and she thinks it’s sweet that her dog wants to attack everyone when she takes him out. What a perfectly, annoying, dog couple.

    Why can’t dog people understand that not everybody thinks dogs are man’s bestfriend and don’t care how much they’ve been trained or how great they are with people, they just want them to keep their dog away from them. If you need a dog to get around due to a medical condtion, fine but if not, don’t just go bringing your dog anywhere, especially if you know they have issues with other people.

    And some of these people got the nerve to talk about parents bringing their badass, wild kids to places, when their just as bad with their dogs.

    • littlestar says:

      I like dogs (and while I don’t have any dogs now, I grew up on a farm with several border collies that I loved dearly), sometimes other dog people just don’t understand that maybe other people don’t want to be mauled by their dogs like they do. One of my friends has two Yorkies. They are cute and are for the most part nice dogs, but whenever you go to her house and sit down the two dogs will crawl into your lap and literally play fight with each other! And even if you pick them up and put them on the ground, they will jump back onto your lap and start playing again! It’s actually pretty annoying, especially when you’re wearing nice clothes. And even more annoyingly, my friend doesn’t seem to realize that other people don’t like this. I am also hyper aware of when I have company over – I have two cats and I know a lot of my friends and family aren’t cat people, so I try my best to keep the cats away from them.

  18. Jackie says:

    “Boop-beep-boop system down”

    Is she for real? In the same interview when she was asked about the movie and her role, she said she didn’t want to talk about it because she feels too much was already said and seen from paparazzi shots. Hello!! You’re promoting a movie and you don’t want to talk about it. She really has a high opinion of herself/her acting for someone whose roles only consist of lying on her back to get screwed by the main actor.

  19. erika says:

    idiot….

    “Attack Hugo ATTACK! this designer $5,000 tank top is too expensive!!! ATTACK!!!”

    idiot. evaluate your dog abilities and needs BEFORE you adopt/buy a dog. this way, both are happy….

    i have a 20 pd pug who is snoring his brains out after being active for a total of like…4.1/2 hrs today (plus two bones!)

    infuriates and saddens me when people just grab a dog based on…looks? life can be dreadfull for a dog who’s not allowed to BE his breed and is punished/forbidden from doing what he does best. Hugo wants to protect and kill if need be. I doubt Roberston Blvd in LA provides that stimulus (well, unless Lilo is shoplifting …then…)

    poor Hugo….

  20. Talie says:

    I found that same part of the interview weird as well… like she’s so sensitive that she had to run into a bathroom and regroup because Gosling was brought up?

  21. lucy2 says:

    She’s a moron. She’s trying to play “I’m so private” card when she’s already put all the info out there repeatedly. Give me a break.

    Also, if you have a dog that is that difficult and uncontrollable, do NOT bring it to public places all the time. That’s just asking for trouble.

  22. OhDear says:

    She (1) needs to find a trainer for the dog and (2) is being a hypocrite re: privacy.

  23. Ella says:

    Shock collars are actually illegal in my country. For a reason, I would say.

    Eva needs to get a trainer for her dog, and ask herself “why did I get an attack dog if I’m not willing to learn how to handle him”?

  24. JustaGirl says:

    We have a Doberman, and we’ve always used clicker training for him. It has worked wonderful, and we haven’t had the slightest bit of trouble training him with that method fortunately. (Fingers crossed) I trust him with my life, he is extremely well behaved, well socialized, raised around kids, cats, dogs.

    Having said that, there’s absolutely no way I’d take him out in public without a leash (except the bark park where his main interests are chasing a frisbee or playing with other dogs). Despite my trust in him, it could only take one second for something to happen and set him off (like if he thought his “children” were in danger), and he’s a breed that could do some damage should that happen.

  25. Nicolette says:

    Shock collars are inhumane, and shouldn’t be allowed. If you can’t or wont take the time to train your dog then you have no business owning one. I’ve had dogs all my life and would never subject them to pain as a means of “training”.

    Doesn’t surprise me that she uses one, she just looks like such a nasty bitch to me. What Ryan sees in her I don’t know, and I think Rachel was a better fit for him.

  26. Gossip Garl says:

    she is actually scared…and thats sad..Another celeb who doesnt enjoy just going out…Instead she (almost always) goes out with her dog, cause she is scared?I wonder from whom?Why isnt she honest:WE ALL KNOW HONEY..R.G. has moved on..PLs tell ur PR people so did We, the gossip readers;)

    • marsha says:

      Did they break up? I’ve been wondering if they were having trouble since he hasn’t been seen with her in ages. Maybe that’s why she ran to the bathroom when asked about Ryan? She didn’t want to admit she was dumped? Just a theory.

  27. RobN says:

    There are appropriate uses of a shock collar as a training aid. However, this is a serious as shit breed and it is well over her head to control him and to recognize what he’s been bred and trained to do. People need a breed that matches their lifestyle, their needs and their abilities and this was not the one for her.

  28. Madpoe says:

    Animal cruelty.
    Guard dogs can’t stop bullets or any weapon wielding idot from hurting them or their owners.

  29. JC says:

    Some shock collars also have a high-tone frequency on them, which is what my parents use on their dog. And they use it sparingly – like when she was with them at their farm and a coyote approached and their dog went to investigate.

  30. megsie says:

    Terrible. Rachel McAdams would never do such a thing!

  31. moon says:

    I dunno, he doesn’t look all I WILL DIE FOR YOU to me. More like ho hum, I’m a dog, this is my life/job, and it ain’t that bad a gig. She doesn’t seem very affectionate with him either. More, I have a dog, cause people have dogs, so I have dog.

  32. littlestar says:

    Does anyone know if she got the dog before or after starting to date Ryan Gosling? Did she maybe get the dog as way to impress Ryan, a known dog lover? She seems unstable enough to do something like that.

  33. Relli says:

    This chick. It doesn’t matter how many villainous headdresses she dons or bad-ass girl attitude she tries to wear, Jolie she is not.

    Too bad too becuase I really liked her when she first broke out and now she seems incredibly lame. Like the girl at a party you get stuck talking to who thinks everything she does/says is fresh/hip/unusual/original and needs to be heard.

    Sidenote: I am becoming more and more convinced that my mutt pup is not a Shepherd/Akita but a Belgian Malinois/Akita. Yes he is huge and NO I would never use a shock collar, truthfully baby talk gets him to behave. Although I do feel strange baby-talking a 125 lb dog in public sometimes.

  34. Mira says:

    I’m really surprised that she is walking such a huge dog wearing heels.

  35. eep223 says:

    A shock collar is a training tool. It isn’t cruel if used properly. Get off her case (about this, and this only). :)

  36. Kim says:

    Idiot! No dog needs s shock collar. She obviously bought an animal she cant control to look cool. What a moron she is!

  37. TXCinderella says:

    Mean bitch! Someone should put a shock collar on her and shock the $h!t out of her for her terrible fashion choices.

  38. Darcy says:

    Here’s what I don’t agree with. Dogs are great companions, but when you have a dog that big, and you yourself say is a “guard dog” you don’t take him on errands with you. You take him for walks, and play with him, and to other locations, like the beach or the park- but you don’t take him on crowded streets filled with people, paparazzi, and cars and run around with him in and out of shops like he’s a toy poodle you can hold under your arm. And even worse not put a leash on him in those situations. If that dog goes aggro on someone for getting to close to you- that’s on you, not the dog. Get a human bodyguard if you’re scared.

    • Loira says:

      ITA
      My husband was given a german shepherd pup initially for protection after a robbery we suffered.
      Of course we did not know better and my hub socialized him and that included letting strange children petting him when on leash walks, etc. Now that he is spoiled rotten, my husband is worried that the dog will greet a robber.
      The vet told him that maybe the “damage” would be reversible if he stopped going for walks during the day , and started going out at night, with less people and children around, and that let him socialize only with us, the nuclear family.
      I find that kind of cruel.
      And yes, if that is a guard dog Eva has, she probably should not take it out to do errands, and she is a known person, of course people will try to approach her dog.

      • RobN says:

        All a GSD has to do is stand there and look like a GSD and your robber will choose to rob the house next door instead of yours. Your average thief does not want to deal with a dog at all and isn’t going to be really excited about coming in through a window and having to worry whether this particular GSD is well socialized or whether he’s trained to gut the first guy in the window. Enjoy your dog; his very presence means he’s already doing his job.

      • Liv says:

        I agree with RobN.

        We have a Border Collie-mix and she would probably be in tears if someone have robbed our house ;-) However some of our neighbours were robbed, but they never came to our house.

        Plus there are police dogs who are trained to attack but live in familys like normal family dogs – it’s how you train him, not how he behaves or who he meets at day. These police dogs were also super friendly with kids.

      • Lulu.T.O. says:

        That breed is commonly used for personal protection, and if she is using him as such, leaving him at home defeats the purpose. But if he isn’t professionally trained, he won’t be much use.

  39. colleen says:

    A few months ago, I think it was from the Daily Mail, it showed Eva out shopping with her dog, and she was having trouble controlling him. The dog was running around in a parking lot and she actually had a couple of bystanders helping her to get him into her car. You could see he was wearing the shock collar and she appeared to be pushing the button. Of course he would be running around scared!!! And guess what? He wasn’t on a leash either. The dog could have taken off into the street and been hit, or maybe attacked a small child. It amazes me how stupid she can be. Someone should take that dog away from her.

  40. LittleDeadGirl says:

    People get very defensive about training their animals. From my point of view as having worked in clinics and currently becoming a veterinarian I will say I’ve seen alot of burned dogs due to shock collars. My personal stance (and the American Veterinary Medical Association) is that positive reinforcement or negative punishment are the best tools you have.

    Use of shock collars (or any positive punishment) can easily create a feareful (aka aggressive) animal. The problem isn’t always the intensity in the shock it’s the fact if you don’t time it perfectly your dog has no idea why it is being punished in the first place. This causes anxiety.

    If you do use shock collar please use sparingly and check to make sure you haven’t left any wounds.

  41. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Our vet recommended a shock collar for our Puggle for his incessant barking. She was worried he would bark himself into such a frenzy he’d have a heart attack. The collar shocked him exactly 3 times before the barking stopped & then we took the collar off. That was 3 years ago & we haven’t used it since.

  42. Lulu.T.O. says:

    First off, the collar has a handle on, so in the first photo, she is controlling him correctly.

    Secondly, shock collars have a place, but should only be used by a professional trainer.

    My dogs were rattle snake proofed by a professional using one. Before that training, I nearly lost a dog to a bite. When you live in the sticks it doesn’t matter how good your snake fence is, eventually one will get in. And a stern “no” or treats for ignoring them will get you nowhere in teaching a dog to stay away from interesting critters.

  43. Kosmos says:

    I’m just not in agreement with people owning “attack” dogs at all. While I love dogs, I don’t like having to worry about being bit by one, or having them get away from their owners, attacking innocent dogs or people. I think owners of dangerous attack dogs should be put through special training, and maintain that they will keep their pets in a manner in which they can never attack anyone. I think that Eva is probably a responsible owner, but ANYONE can own an attack dog, or a biting dog, and you read about the attacks on innocent children, other pets, or the elderly every week. Something should be done.

  44. Missy says:

    If you watch the whole interview on YouTube, she says that she never lets him off the leash around people, but she was paped at the supermarket with him and he was off his leash and ran off and an elderly couple had to help her catch him!
    Now that is irresponsible to do that with a normal dog but to let one that is trained to kill run free is just f**ked up!

  45. SydneySpy says:

    I dog-sat my niece’s two big dogs for a month. One is an Alaskan malamout, the other an abnormally large German shepherd. I walked them daily, on a double leash, and had no problems with them, despite them being less than perfectly behaved. And i am only 4’11″. A leash is used for controlling a dog, as well as keeping them and others safe. I think she’s spoilt this dog and is now taking the easy way out because Hugo has become disobedient and/or uncontrollable. No matter how much you love your dog, your dog needs to know that YOU are the boss. You must be the one in control, not the dog; it sees YOU as the master. If she needs to take tese neasures, its obviously a naughty dog, in which case, leave Hugo at home. Eva Mendes is a skite trying to have an each-way bet. What a bow. wow. I’d like to walk her with a shock collar.

  46. Daria says:

    This makes me dislike her even more, instead of abusing this dog why doesn’t she hire a bodyguard instead??

  47. xoxokaligrl says:

    Shock collars dont hurt at all i tested them kn myself. And its the only thjng my dog responded to not any other water bottle b.s. Nor positive reinforcement. Anyways for my dogs it worked, we live i. An alt and you cannot have ur dogs bark all damn day. Regardless she has money she can just pay somebody to train her dog, itz a smart dog breed that reponds well to commanda.

  48. KatC says:

    I have a shock collar for my dog. She’s a rescue with a history of abuse. I worked hard to gain her trust and she bonded really closely to me. Her behavior was pretty decent, and she never showed any real agressive tendencies.
    When I had to move back in with my parents after I graduated she started attacking my moms dog. This was surprising especially because she had previously lived with said dog, and there had been no problems. When we tried to physically separate them, my dog attacked my mom. It was beyond shocking. My mom had a few small punctures on her hands and some bruising, but it didn’t seem like my dog had really been trying to hurt her.

    We thought it was just misdirection, like my dog was getting too worked up and lashing out. So we separated the dogs and went on as usual. But after that my dog would randomly attack people when they came near me. Not every time, but maybe one out of fifty times that someone came into my room she would jump up and attack their feet and hands.

    It was really strange and I talked to the vet about it but it didn’t seem like her behavior fit the normal agressive molds. We tried a couple of different training techniques but nothing worked.

    After my mom had to get three stitches in her finger we got the collar. It was too dangerous to try to physically control my dog. She also got training to go with it and now she’s much better.

    The point is, in some situations the choice is; get the collar, or get rid of the dog. If Mendez’s dog will actually hurt something or someone, then I support her use of the collar. Also, from my own experience I can attest that trying to avoid the circumstances that provoke the attacks is not going to work in every case.

  49. Linda says:

    This is shameful and I didn’t like her before. Poor doggy.

  50. aileen says:

    i have a 2yo Malinois, i’m no expert like YOU guys are. but my dog has basic obedience from a supposed expert, he had some training sessions recently..but still that mega protective part of him emerges sometimes.there are people he doesnt like, triggers the prey drive in him. NOBODY has the right to judge unless you have actually owned a malinois and knows Eva’s dog personally. because every dog is different. period

  51. nicole says:

    She got the dog from someone who had trained him in guard and attack work. He can’t protect her from crazy stalkers if he’s left at home while she’s out. But he should be on lead and should get regular retraining by a qualified person who knows what there doing. Police and guard work regularly use shock collars on working dogs but shouldn’t be used by regular people who have no idea. An attack dog should have a handler to look after him not dragged around and treated as a pet and get confused.

  52. Ian Dogtra says:

    I have sold these collars for years and also owned several working strain Belgian Malinois.

    Why not have the ultimate in control on a high drive dog. People would soon be moaning if the dog got excited by a kid playing with a ball in the park, ran up and bit the kid.