Stop Using Shock Collars Because They’re Cruel and Don’t Work: BC SPCA

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The BC SPCA is asking dog owners to stop using shock collars – also known as electronic collars or e-collars – as a training tool for their pets.

The BC SPCA is asking dog owners to stop using shock collars – also known as electronic collars or e-collars – as a training tool for their pets.

“We know that some dog owners are turning to aggressive training tools, such as shock collars, out of a genuine desire to protect their pets,” said Dr Karen van Haaften, Senior Director of Behavior and Welfare. be for the BC SPCA and a board of directors. -certified behavioral specialist veterinarian, in a statement. “They may not know that shock 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 for fight against unwanted behavior. “

Shockproof collars work by delivering an uncomfortable electrostatic shock to the dog’s skin.

“While these collars can modify behavior, there is growing evidence in North America and Europe that their short- or long-term use is associated with high levels of stress, phobias, fear and pain. ‘increased aggressiveness in dogs,’ said van Haaften. “Additionally, shock collars can cause physical damage, such as an unhealthy increase in heart rate and severe burns to an animal’s neck.”

Veterinary associations and humanitarian organizations have long recognized that punishment-based training is harmful to animals, according to the BC SPCA.

“One of the most unfortunate and unintentional results of using a shock collar can be a breakdown in the bond between an individual and their pet,” said van Haaften. “Sometimes an animal will associate the pain of shock with other things in its environment at that time, including its owner. We urge people to seek out one of the many effective, reward-based training options available and take a stand against harmful tools like shock collars.

The BC SPCA is asking people to get involved by visiting spca.bc.ca/necklaces

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