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Why you should never use a shock collar on your dog
It’s a common question to consider as a dog owner, especially when there are plenty of people swearing by it alongside those who swear against it. In the end, deciding to use a shock collar with your pet is entirely your choice, but there are a few ideas to consider before making that decision.
One important fact to remember about dogs is this: Verbal training mixed with rewards (treats) and consequences (time out or a disapproving voice) works for almost every dog, and consistency in training plays a crucial role in how responsive your dog is to those rewards and consequences.
It won’t help if you only spend time training your dog once or twice a week. Until complete, train your dog every day for best results.
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One of the main problems encountered is how difficult it is to gauge how strong the shock is to your dog. Most dogs will clearly portray whether they are merely surprised at a small sting, or in pain from an uncomfortably strong shock. If you’re using a shock collar now, please discontinue your use immediately. Your dog hates it (and we’re not fans either!)
Misusing a shock collar can confuse your dog and become detrimental to training. Even with proper use your dog can become afraid and unmotivated.
When Should Shock Collars Be Used?
Never. We would recommend a citronella or audio-based control.
Some pet parents may use one for bark training, setting up the collar to automatically spray them when the barking starts. This can be helpful for when you’re out for a few hours but want to still let your dog play outside. The citronella is harmless to your furry baby but they will find it annoying.
If your dog is particularly aggressive and you’re trying to break dangerous habits, a collar can help but we would never suggest using electricity. Aside from an electric fence, the shock collar should not be used- ever! Rarely should any collar be used as a permanent solution to dog training, and they shouldn’t be used too often or on too strong of a shock setting.
In the end it’s your dog, but it’s best to consider how strongly your actions are affecting them. They want to understand what you want from them, and almost every dog can easily be trained with a bit of consistent effort, plenty of love, and the occasional well-placed consequence of time out or taking a stern tone with them to express disapproval.
There is never a time and place for shock collars. It should never be your primary means of communicating with your pet. There’s plenty of room to guide them with words, tone of voice, and gestures.