Click here to see Nando Brown of In the DogHouse demonstrating the proper use of a shock collar.
Dangers of Electronic Training Devices
section provides information
extreme risk to your dogs physical and behavioral health inherent in
the use of electric shock as a training tool. This includes any related
tools like remote
shock collars, and electronic/"invisible" fence shock collar systems.
It's important to understand that
sometimes electronic shock collars are referred to as "stim collar",
"tens collar", "static collar" and "avoidance training collars" but
don't be misled, or fooled. Electrical shocks are administered to your
dog through them, no matter how cleverly they're labeled.
There is no such
thing as a behavior
problem that can "only be fixed" through the use of a shock collar. Period.
people are unaware of just how dangerous and inhumane electronic shock
as a training tool is for their dogs. This includes but is not limited
to electronic/invisible fencing. There are many reasons to think twice
and be sure you understand all of the potential dangers, including the development of serious behavioral problems, before you make this decision.
Yes, there are some people out there willing to put their own dogs shock collars on their own necks to see how it felt - and video tape it! Their reactions,"even on level 1", say it all.
Electric containment system causes neck injury... read more.
SAFE CONTAINMENT ALTERNATIVES WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD DOESN'T ALLOW PHYSICAL FENCING, OR IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE TO INSTALL A
are plenty of safe alternatives to electronic/"invisible" fencing!
Among the most popular reasons we hear that people go ahead with the
choice to install electric fencing is "we live in an area where physical
fences are not allowed".
My husband and I live in one of those neighborhoods too! Here's what we did - and it only cost about
alternative #1 - Install an overhead trolley system in the back yard.
It can be anchored between 2 large trees, or if your yard doesn't have
trees, anchoring to posts sunken in to the ground works just as well.
Your dog can have as much "freedom" as you choose to provide. *NOTE: It
is not safe to attach a dog to this by his collar. Attach the cable
line behind the dog's shoulders using a back-attach harness.
alternative #2 - check with your association about a dog run. My
husband and I do own a home in a neighborhood in which perimeter fencing
is not allowed, but a dog run to certain specifications, is. Don't
assume that a dog run is not allowed. My husband and I wouldn't have
known if we hadn't asked our association! We use the dog run area for
potty (makes clean up A LOT easier!) and the trolley system out in the
yard when our dog is in the yard.
some, "invisible" fencing is opted for because the appearance of
physical fencing detracts from the property's beauty. Click on the link
below for information and photos of a physical fencing product called
Best Friend Fencing http://www.bestfriendfence.com/default.asp that virtually disappears yet is
just as safe and strong as traditional physical fencing options! Since
one of the many drawbacks of e-fencing is that it does not keep other
animals (human or four-legged!) out of the yard, this system does both
by keeping your dog and yard safe and secure!
Click on the icons below to find out more about each organization and their efforts to stop shock collar use.
Ban Shock Collars No Shock Collar
Coalition Think the shock your dog receives isn't painful? Think again. Click the icon above.
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