January 28, 2023

Weigh In! Is It Ever Appropriate to Use an Electronic “Shock” Collar?

Sad pup
Sad pup

They go by many names: e-collar, shock collar, electronic collar, vibration collar, static collar, even “collar mounted electronic training aid.”

Based on the idea of operant conditioning (A process of behavior modification in which a subject is encouraged to behave in a desired manner through positive or negative reinforcement, so that the subject comes to associate the pleasure or displeasure of the reinforcement with the behavior), e-collars allow a dog’s handler, owner or trainer to remotely (or automatically, in the case of bark activated or perimeter activated collars) give a “correction” when the dog doesn’t behave in the way that is expected of them.

electronic collar
electronic collar

Proponents of e-collars argue that, when used properly, they can quickly fix problem behaviors resulting in a reliably obedient dog.

Opponents, on the other hand, argue that punishment-based training is no more reliable than reward-based training and that e-collars can be both physically and mentally abusive to the dog.

What do you think? Is it ever appropriate to train a dog using an e-collar?

Should e-collars be outlawed entirely? What about electronic/invisible fencing?

Currently, anyone can walk into a store, purchase an e-collar, strap it to their dog without ever reading an instruction or undergoing any training, and begin using it on their dog.

Should e-collars be available to the general public, or should they only be purchased an operated by someone that has been certified and understands precisely how/when to administer the “shock?”

Weigh in with a comment below!

We know this is a passionate subject for many – please be respectful to those whose opinions may differ from your own.

[Source : http://www.dogingtonpost.com/weigh-in-is-it-ever-appropriate-to-use-an-electronic-shock-collar/]