BC SPCA calls on pet owners to throw out shock collars

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According to the BC SPCA, electronic collars, also known as shock collars or electronic collars, are prohibited during dog training.

The animal welfare organization is calling on pet owners to pledge online to end the use of shock collars, which it says cause dogs physical and psychological pain.

“It’s a common tool that people end up reaching for, and we find that many pet owners are really unaware of the risks involved in using such a tool,” said Karen van Haaften. , Senior Director of Behavior and Wellness for the BC SPCA.

“The most appropriate use of a shock collar is not to use one.”

Shockproof collars send electric shocks to a dog’s neck. The owner can control the intensity and duration of each shock.

“There is no shock collar level that is not uncomfortable for dogs,” van Haaften said. Radio West host Sarah Penton.

Side effects of using shock collars include increased heart rate, increased cortisol levels, higher rates of aggression, fear and anxiety, according to the BC SPCA.

Shockproof collars are worn by dogs to deliver an electronic shock when the dog misbehaves. (SRC)

Historically, collars have been used to try and train dogs in good behavior, but the BC SPCA says they don’t always work.

For example, said van Haaften, if you use a shock collar on a dog to prevent him from jumping on furniture, he can learn not to because the pain is very motivating. But when the collar is removed, the dog is likely to do it again because he knows pain cannot come without the collar.

The SPCA suggests approaching behavioral problems in dogs by first identifying the cause of the problem.

“It’s not just a band-aid solution,” van Haaften said.

“Find out what the emotional motivation for the behavior is, then try to help the dog deal with that trigger in a different way. “

Several countries in Europe have banned the use of shock collars. The province of Quebec has done the same.

If Canada or British Columbia considered banning necklaces altogether, van Haaften says the BC SPCA would support this.

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