In the hopes of teaching dogs not to attack native species like the whio, the DoC implemented a training program using taxidermic ducks.
The training aims to deter dogs from endangered ducks, by receiving an electric shock when they sniff whio taxidermy.
SPCA chief scientist Dr Alison Vaughan criticizes the use of these necklaces and calls for a total ban.
“The SPCA would really like to see a complete ban on the importation, production, sale and use of these necklaces,” she said.
The manager of one of the country’s largest dog training suppliers also wants shock collars to be banned from the general public, but believes they have a place in the right setting.
“In this case, I think the DoC has a conservation result that justifies its use,” says Steven Thompson, director of DogsNZ.
Andrew Glaser, senior DoC ranger, supports the training program and says it’s something they need to do to protect special species.
“It’s a simple quick shock that will drive this dog away. It’s nothing more than what he would get from an electric fence on the farm.”
Vaughan says, however, that going through the shock will be very hard on the animals.
“Going about your own business sniffing something interesting and then feeling the shock will be very surprising and scary. “