MONTREAL – One of Canada’s largest pet product retailers is ending the sale of aversive collars.
Quebec-based Mondou pet stores announced Monday that they will no longer sell pet collars – including choke, electric, vibration, citronella and ultrasonic models – designed to punish dogs for bad. behviour.
Aversive necklaces are banned in several cities in Quebec, including Montreal, Quebec, Laval, Beauharnois and Sherbrooke, but they were still sold in stores.
In business since 1938, knowledge about animal training and behavior has come a long way since then, Mondou said.
“Sometimes dogs bark because they’re scared or excited and it’s nonsense to think that a strangled chain or shock collar will make the problem go away. You have to understand what the dog feels in order to help it, ”explains Isabelle Borremans, Mondou’s dog behavior advisor.
Some dog trainers say the training techniques that punish a dog are as outdated as spanking a child.
“The dogs were punished for their bad behavior,” said dog trainer Gaby Dufresne-Cyr. “We never taught them what to do for him, so focusing on the right behaviors now is what we are looking for.”
The SPCA applauded Mondou’s decision, saying aversive collars aren’t just inhumane, said Sophie Gaillard, director of animal rights at the SPCA, they’re ineffective.
“Aversive training techniques actually increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior developing in dogs,” she said.
Mondou suggests that anyone who needs help with difficult animal behavior can ask for free in-store advice and should consider interactive toys to relieve dogs of boredom, as well as natural products designed to reduce stress and strengthen the dog’s boredom. positive teaching of appropriate behavior.