BC SPCA launches campaign against the use of shock collars

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The BC SPCA is asking dog owners to make a commitment not to use shock collars as a training tool for their dogs.

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The BC SPCA asks dog owners to commitment not to use shock collars as a training tool for their dogs.

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Collars, also known as electronic collars or electronic collars, allow owners to use electrical impulses through a remote control to correct their dog’s behavior.

“We know that some dog owners are turning to aggressive training tools, such as electronic collars, out of a sincere desire to protect their pets,” said Dr. Karen van Haaften, Senior Director of Behavior and Welfare. be from the BC SPCA and veterinarian. behavior specialist. “They may not know that electronic collars can cause physical and psychological pain to their pets, and that there are reward-based human training options that are just as, if not more, effective in wrestling. against unwanted behavior. “

The SPCA claims that impact collars work by delivering an uncomfortable electrostatic shock to the dog’s skin.

The necklaces, which were banned in UK and other parts of Europe, are legal in Canada.

Van Haaften says that while the devices can modify a dog’s behavior, evidence suggests their use is associated with high levels of stress, phobias, fear, and increased aggression in dogs.

“In addition, electronic shock collars can cause physical damage, such as an unhealthy increase in heart rate and severe burns to an animal’s neck,” she said.

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