The UK government has presented its plans to ban electric dog collars as part of its animal welfare action plan.
The move has been widely praised by pet associations, such as the Kennel Club, for ensuring the UK leads the way in animal welfare.
Research by the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has found that electronic collars can have a detrimental effect on the well-being of dogs by causing them unnecessary harm and suffering.
In the public body’s study, about 25% of dogs trained with shock collars showed signs of stress.
Dr Ed Hayes, Head of Public Affairs at The Kennel Club, said: “We fully support a total ban on both the use and sale of electric collars and we are pleased that the government has committed to this. its proactive action plan.
“These devices cause unnecessary pain and suffering to dogs, and research has shown that a reward-based approach is more effective than delivering painful electric shocks when training dogs. Major veterinary organizations in the UK and Europe are aligned in their opposition to impact collars. “