August 16, 2009
Shock collars are not always the quick fix as people think, dog owners don’t understand how to use them, they usually don’t cure the problem, the dog gets the worst of it and it turns out to be a big waste of time and money. In other Countries they’re called Static collars, because truly its more of a static shock, like when touching something after folding clothes straight out of the dryer, or rubbing your feet on the carpet. If you’ve ever touched a 9 volt battery to your tongue, you know the feeling. That’s why I’m not totally against these collars, especially if it will keep the dog from being sent to the shelter or from getting hit by a car. However, I would only recommend them if all other options have been exhausted and with the help of a professional knowledgeable trainer. I would first recommend trying a citronella spray collar, they are actually more effective than the static collars, and much more user friendly. But before we use any collar, we need to figure out what the direct and indirect causes are for the dogs bad behavior. You can’t be directly or indirectly encouraging, allowing or causing a behavior, then placing some device on the dog and think they magically understands your wishes. This is very confusing and unfair to the dog.
The more you learn about proper behavior modification solutions, the less you need to resort to these kinds of Techniques.
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