Shock collars are precisely what you think them to be; special collars that transmit electric shocks once activated with the help of a remote control. They are advertised as being an effective means to train a dog and punish bad behavior. On the other hand, many people are asking for a ban on such devices.
A cause for neurotic behavior in dogs
Specialists in dogs’ behavior say that the use of a shock collar can have an unwanted impact on your dog’s personality. You may tell yourself that you are only using the collar to determine your dog not to do this or that, but, in reality, you are just making matters worse.
The whole point of using a shock collar, the people selling such devices say, is to send a small electric shock to the dog, to make him or her attentive of her actions at that moment. But is it that simple?
Specialists working with dogs and taking care of their health say that they have seen plenty of cases involving dogs with neurotic behavior, due to the use of shock collars.
Why don’t shock collars work?
If you want to put a dog collar on your pet, that is completely fine, but it is a different thing if you’re going to use a shock collar. Such devices deliver electric shocks with just the push of a button. Imagine doing this time and time again, and missing the exact moment when your dog does something wrong.
What do you think will happen? Your dog can become fearful of objects and people that have nothing to do with his or her bad behavior. Trying to get your dog to be normal again can be difficult.
Your relationship with your dog will suffer, as well. Gaining back his or her trust after such a traumatic experience is not an easy thing to do. Dogs can develop general anxiety, as a result of the fact that the electric shocks deliver immediate pain, without any sign of their coming.
It is well known that a pain that is expected is easier to endure than one that seems to come out of the blue. Only people who are highly specialized in training dogs know exactly how to use them without causing any harm to a dog’s psyche.
But they can also tell you that there are other ways to train your dog, without the need for cruel and unusual punishments. These dog trainers are among the most vocal supporters of a ban on shock collars.
Reward-guided training is preferable
You can get even the most stubborn dogs to behave if you train them well. Veterinarians and dog trainers highly recommend training that is based on reward, not punishment. Let’s not forget that dogs are highly intelligent creatures and that is why they are easy to train, compared to other pets.
Take advantage of this native intelligence and do not punish your dog when he or she does something bad. Instead, use patience and a training policy based on rewards to obtain what you want from your pet.