Making the decision to adopt a dog at your local animal shelter is one of the best ways to help resolve the pet overpopulation crisis. Every day in the United States, perfectly healthy animals are euthanized to create more shelter space, and purchases from breeders give homeless animals fewer opportunities to have homes.
Adoption is definitely the way to go, but there are a lot of things to consider in preparing yourself and your family for a new four-legged friend. You’ll want to make sure you have adequate living space, time to care for a dog, and to be financially responsible. Another important part of the adoption process is figuring out how you are going to train the dog.
Many opt for impact collars for training. These collars are devices that go around a dog’s neck and release an electric current to give the dog a signal. The electrical signal can range from a slight tickling sensation to a painful shock, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Shock collars are typically used to stop unnecessary barking, as well as to keep the dog contained within an electric fence system.
The trainer uses a remote control to shock the dog, and as you can imagine, shock collars are inhuman and a cruel way to train a dog when there are positive training methods available. With shock collars there is more risk of abuse (such as the trainer administering a shock for the sole purpose of punishing, not to train the dog) and potentially abuse (such as when the trainer gives the shocks to the wrong person. moment).
It is also possible that the dog will begin to associate the painful shock with people or other experiences, resulting in fearful or aggressive behavior, HSUS Notes. A study have shown that shock collars have the potential to cause distress symptoms in dogs. For small to medium sized dogs, shock can be extremely painful for their small neck.
Fortunately, many regions are realizing the unnecessary cruelty of impact collars and are banning them. Here are some areas that have banned impact collars or that are working to ban them!
Shockproof collars are banned in Wales, but with the help of a new proposition, the cruel devices could be banned across England, thanks to a campaign by local animal welfare organizations.
“Training a dog with an electric shock collar causes physical and psychological damage and is never acceptable, especially given the wide range of positive training methods available. We are delighted that the government has listened to the Kennel Club’s long-standing campaign to ban electric shock collars and hope that a ban on their use will be imposed soon, ” noted Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club.
The use of electric shock collars was banned throughout Scotland in 2018. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham noted that she made the decision to ban electric shock collars after hearing from animal welfare nonprofits such as the Kennel Club, the Scottish SPCA and the Dogs Trust.
“Causing pain to dogs by improper training methods is clearly totally unacceptable and I want there to be no doubt that painful or unpleasant training for dogs will not be tolerated,” Cunningham said. The courts may take the prohibition into account in establishing liability in a lawsuit, the BBC reports.
Thank you for making a compassionate decision, Scotland!
3. Boulder, Colorado
Daily camera reports that Mary Angilly, a dog trainer in Boulder, Colorado, is working to get a proposal on the ballot in 2018 that would ban shock collars in Boulder. If that passes (fingers crossed!), Boulder will become the first city in the United States to ban them.
“My point and most of the coaches who are against using this equipment is not that it doesn’t work. Punishment and the use of force and fear to train dogs can definitely work. The main problem is the many potential spinoffs ”, noted Angilly.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Quebec and parts of Australia are other regions that have banned shock collars.
What you can do
Bans on shock collars are slowly but steadily gaining popularity, but ban or no ban, please NEVER use a shock collar on your beloved dog. Instead, incorporate positive reinforcement training techniques, such as treats and toys. Clicker training is also a very popular way to positively train your pooch. Whatever you do, don’t use cruel methods!
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