BC dog attack has SPCA warning shock collars could lead to assault | infonews


A dog wearing a shock collar is pictured in this undated photo submitted by the BC SPCA.


August 26, 2020 – 7:30 pm

The BC SPCA is warning pet owners against using shock collars following a recent dog attack in Coquitlam.

A small dog was attacked in Coquitlam by a group of off-leash dogs wearing shock collars, according to a CTV reportand an SPCA veterinary behavior specialist says these types of attacks are often motivated by predatory behavior.

“Proponents of shock collar training often attempt to justify the use of painful training tools by claiming that they protect wildlife and other animals. But as this case proves, shock collars are not effective in deterring a motivated attack,” Dr. Karen van Haaften said in a BC SPCA press release. “Additionally, studies show an association between aversive training methods, in which pain and fear are used to modify a dog’s behavior, and aggressive behavior in dogs.”

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Training with a shock collar may have directly contributed to their aggressive behavior, she said. They can also cause physical and psychological pain to the animal.

Dr. van Haaften pointed out that there are other humane and reward-based training options that are just as effective, if not more so.

“If a dog exhibits aggressive behavior, they should be restrained with a physical tool, such as a leash and/or basket muzzle,” she said. “Relying on a shock collar as the only management tool for a dog exhibiting aggressive behaviors is not fair to the dog and puts community members at risk.”

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