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Man Zapped for Using Shock Collar

Written by PETA | July 26, 2011

Here’s some shocking news: A man in Wales was fined £2,000—about $3,200—for using a shock collar on his dog, the first such prosecution in Britain since the collars were outlawed in Wales last year because of animal welfare concerns. England and Scotland are also considering implementing bans, and the U.S. would do well to follow suit.

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Not only are shock collars cruel by design (they cause dogs to live in fear of being painfully shocked for engaging in normal behavior such as jumping or barking), they can also malfunction and cause serious burns. And shock collars and other cruel “training” devices are also unsafe. For example, an invisible fence is a nonexistent fence for cruel humans, roaming dogs, or other animals who can freely enter the property. Invisible fences can even encourage dogs to escape: Because they only suffer painful shocks in the yard, dogs can come to associate the shock with the yard itself. The Welsh dog whose owner was fined escaped his invisible fence so often that the townsfolk had come to know him as “the dog with the shock collar.”

Never use a shock collar, prong collar, invisible fence, or other cruel device to train your dog. The four “P’s” of dog training—praise, practice, prevention, and patience—don’t include harsh punishment. Even if your dog’s confused, frightened eyes don’t move you, you’ll never forgive yourself if your beloved friend escapes the “invisible fence” and gets hit by a car.

 
Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Jada says:

    I’m glad much of Western Europe has banned these barbaric methods of training. Too bad the U.S. will never follow suit. They never ban harmful or dangerous things here if it makes money. And for all of you advocates, it is dangerous. There has never been a positive study done on shock collars, or prong collars. (www.adogsview.net)

  • LevisDecor says:

    Rex’s Mom you said “I would rather use Victoria Stilwell’s positive reinforcement training skills, (she is on It’s Me Or the Dog on Animal Planet) over Cesar’s cruel methods any day.” I agree. Carnistcredo you said “Wouldn’t it be interesting if Victoria stillwell was actually using methods like Cesar but only off camera.. That would cause quite a stir.” I’m pretty sure she does not – there is even a video of her behind the scenes of a show of It’s Me Or The Dog – that would be hypocritical and the complete opposite of what she actually does. Check out her website: http://positively.com/ You can train a dog without being cruel.

  • thomas says:

    @jenn.pierce So you are going to allow this animal to be abused?

  • Sydney says:

    I the shock collar is used in a situation which it is un needed, then yes I agree that is wrong. On the other hand I do not think shock collars are all bad. In many cases they are the only method to be able to properly control certian dogs. Some dogs will not return to their owners when let off leash for walks. In these cases the collar can prove beneficial in preventing the dog from running off or running into a main road. Another example could be a dog who reapetidly goes after lets say… kids on bicycles. Shocking the dog can effectively train it to stop the unsafe behaviour. In many cases shock collars can be bad but in others they are very helpful for the dog’s and human’s sake. And come one, there is a lot worse things that could happen to a dog than it getting an ocassinal shock when it misbehaves.

  • dt says:

    Shock collars aren’t the same as ‘leashes’ for babies, and the latter can save kids lives as they can’t suddenly cross the road or get abducted in busy places (kids can get out of sight in nano seconds! But e-collars shouldn’t exist and the proof is ‘they don’t work anyway, the dog was obviously still running away despite the collar. You have to question why the dog didn’t want to be by his owners side in the first place!

  • Carnistcredo says:

    Its the same consept of disciplining your children unfortunately people like to use methods that work.. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Victoria stillwell was actually using methods like Cesar but only off camera.. That would cause quite a stir.

  • turnerANDhooch757 says:

    I would never use a shock collar on my dog. That’s like those leashes for babies. It’s cruel.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    I was watching an episode of the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan and the couple had a dog they said they used a pinch collar on. Or prong collar or whatever that tortouous thing is called. And it seemed to me that Cesar was actually using this collar on the dog himself! I dont like Cesar because he kicks dogs to get them out of their mental state if they are excited. He also didnt reprimand this couple for using the prong collar. I would rather use Victoria Stilwell’s positive reinforcement training skills, (she is on It’s Me Or the Dog on Animal Planet) over Cesar’s cruel methods any day.

  • jenn.pierce says:

    My friend mentioned getting a shock collar for her husky awhile back. After I told her it was a bad idea, she didn’t seem to understand what the issue was with it. Let’s just say my tongue was practically bleeding from biting so hard. Unfortunately, ignorance is not illegal.

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