It’s a very hugely contested subject that whether a dog owner should or should not use a shock collar. Some believe that using a shock collar is barbaric and cruel towards your dog but some individuals believe that the use of shock collar is appropriate and fine with that. But a coin always has a double side. The fact of that matter in the middle ground of both. Using a shock collar can be very effective in dissuading your dog from bad, dangerous, and destructive behaviors if used in the right. A good example of shock collars working is when used by specialist dog trainers.
Let us see if we can figure out the facts regarded this subject. So first let us see how it works.
Things need to know No1: How Does A Shock Collar Work?
Shock collars are a type of aversive training initially used in the 1960s to train hunting dogs. These days, shock collars are often used to curb a variety of stubborn and unwanted behaviors in family dogs, from excessive barking to food aggression, as well as to train pups to stay safely within a property line or to stick close by while off-leash. Shock collars are not intended as a punishment but more as a deterrent to negative or unsafe behavior. The theory is that your dog will associate the unwanted behavior with a slightly uncomfortable jolt and stop doing it until they no longer require the reminder. The shock administered by an approved shock collar is safe, so while it is certainly enough to get your dog’s attention and deter certain behaviors, it won’t do any lasting physical harm.
Things need to know No2: Using a shock collar doesn’t make you a bad pet parent
Keep in mind, using a shock collar doesn’t make you a bad pet parent, and it doesn’t mean you are torturing your dog, especially when used on the lower non-shock levels. It is unlikely that an electronic training collar would destroy your relationship with your dog. In fact, shared training sessions could improve your bond with one another.
Things need to know No3: They Are Cheaper Than Hiring Dog Trainers
Typically, dog trainers may cost tens to hundreds of dollars over the course of time. Depending on the variety of behaviors that need correcting and the number of sessions needed to achieve the correcting, it is possible for the training to cost thousands. As The Last Resort, They Produce Fast And Swift Results. Typically, the best course of action is to try and change a dog’s behavior using positive reinforcement. However, some dogs are not easy to teach using positive reinforcement, necessitating the use of shock collars. A shock collar can be a cheaper alternative to a professional dog trainer or fence. Shock collars range in price from $30 to $250+, depending on features such as remote control, adjustable warning/shock levels, a range of distances (usually 30 to 400 yards), and the number of collars included.
Things need to know No4: Shock collars are the very fast result
Some pet owners report that it only took a few shocks to correct unwanted behavior in their dog and after that, the beep or vibration was warning enough (for us we never even needed the shock at all). Shock collars can also be very effective at keeping your dog on your property, which will help keep them safe while giving them freedom. Of course, more stubborn dogs may take longer to train You Don’t Need To Be Present. Shock collars, when used to control chronic barking, work even while you’re away from home or inside the house. This can be especially helpful if you’ve had neighbors complain about your dog’s loud protests. The same goes for shock collars as boundary control, although they do require some hands-on training. Today most great gear can provide the vibration or beep as well and shock mode on the same device.
Things need to know No4: Fear in dogs can be dangerous, so you never want to train a dog with fear.
Fear in dogs can be dangerous, so you never want to train a dog with fear. With shock training, some dogs may learn to fear people, objects, or situations they associate with the collar. One pet owner we know installed a wireless fence and then their dog refused to go outside after training with it. It even started urinating in the house instead of going to the back door to relieve itself in the yard. Without you there to control when a shock is administered, automatic bark collars and electric fences may deliver shocks unintentionally or too often. This unnecessary shock could confuse your dog by“correcting” a problem that was not even there.
Personally, I would not leave my dog unattended with a shock collar as I would be scared of overcorrecting while I was not there to observe and adjust to the situation, but this is your choice. Also, we don’t recommend leaving your dog unattended outside for extended periods of time, with or without a shock collar. But today’s technology getting more mature so this can be one option for us.