A blog I recently began following posted this (click the red text to read):
It is such an incredible post I would like to share it.
We don’t see many people using shock collars in the UK, and I’ve never seen anyone use a prong collar…we mostly get choke chains, but thankfully even those are becoming rarer. We do have the anti-bark / citronella collars though.
I am however utterly sick of all the videos, articles and blogs I see about not only using them but recommending them. Even a forum I was a member of for several years, that is supposed to be strictly positive reinforcement only, recently seems to allow members to say that shock collars are useful and needed in certain situations.
The stupid thing is how many people argue that shock collars don’t hurt or scare the dog – if that were true then why would they work?!
I will openly admit that when I am extremely frustrated I might slip up and shout at my dogs “Ah ah, Kasper no!” etc…it happens far less than it used to (in fact I don’t think Rey has been yelled at other than for training, to desensitise him to others who might shout), but I still hate myself for it. I would never use an electric collar on my dogs, not just for the behavioural & trust issues, but because how could I willingly cause my dog pain?