Shock Collars and Dog Training

Shock Collars and Dog Training

Some Memphis dog trainers may recommend that you use a shock collar as a training aid.  A recent study has proven that shock collars, which are also known as e-collars or electronic collars, have been shown to have negative effects on dogs. And, as the shock goes higher, these bad effects only get worse.

The study used 63 dogs that were split into 3 groups. One group used industry approved electronic collars according to manufacturer guidelines. The other 2 groups were not trained with e-collars.  The end result? The shock collars “did not result in a substantially superior response to training in comparison to similarly experienced trainers who do not use e-collars to improve recall and control chasing behaviour. Accordingly, it seems that the routine use of e-collars even in accordance with best practice, as suggested by collar manufacturers, presents a risk to the well-being of pet dogs. The scale of this risk would be expected to be increased when practice falls outside of this ideal.”

So, basically, even when used by professionals, this is not the best way to train your dog and can affect them negatively. For more information about the study, please  visit The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward Based Training or Every Dog Owner Should Know About This New Shock Collar Study

For more information about training your dog using positive methods, contact me at (901) 488-9238 any time.

Yours truly,

Donna Malone
Behavior Consultant and Trainer
(901) 488-9238