Shock Collars For Dogs, An In Depth Review

The dog shock collar is basically a special kind of collar used in training the dogs. It is also known as the electronic collars, e-collars, Zap collars, or a remote training collar. There are different kinds of product that a dog owner can use to train his dog, and the shock collar is one of them. Moreover, shock collars for dogs can be applied on any part of the body. The shock collars are being used from last 30 years, since then it is being changed time to time and now it has become an improved tool to train dogs. In the beginning, it was considered as an evil method to train the dogs by the dog lovers. Now with the education, people has started to change their minds about the shock collar, and calling it as a remote collar.

How it Works:

The dog shock collar is planned to stop unwanted behaviors of the dogs and used for their immediate training. It acts as a receiver to deliver shocks of a specific intensity to the dog, and the trainer control the shocks by a transmitter. Every time when dog shows any unwanted behavior, the trainer pressed the button of the transmitter to give him a shock, and the dog feels a shock around the neck. After sometimes dog will stop doing unwanted behaviors and starts to learn quickly.

Types of dog shock collar:

There are two main types of shock collars for dogs i.e. the electric dog collar and the citronella collar both works in similar way. The electric dog collar is applied when the dogs are off the leash. It gives a less painful shock to the dog with a low voltage but very effective to get his attention. They are also called as static collars for the dogs. Another type of the shock collar is the citronella collar that produces a spray of the citronella scent into the muzzle of dog that irritate him to do any unwanted act.

Features:

Always select the shock collars after matching the feature that best suited to your dog. If you want to train your dog within the distance range of 60 feet, then try to find a shock collar that supports up to that distance. There are different types of dog collars are available in the market on the bases of their shock intensity for example continuous stimulation or momentary. If you want to give shocks of short time period, then momentary shock collars will be fine. The continuous stimulation shock collars will be fine, if you want to give shocks of your choice. Some collars come with pre-set buttons that gives rest to the dog after giving the shock for 10 to 15 seconds.

Usual range of the dog shock collar is 150 up to 300 yards so choose a perfect shock collar according to your dog. The intensity of shock is defined by the dog’s trainer because he knows his dog best. If you have a timid dog then intensity of the shock should be low, and if you have a bigger and stronger dog then use high or medium intensity level. It is best to use a waterproof shock collar, if your dog likes to jump into the pool or a lake.  It will not only guard the shocking collar but also will save your invested money. All the shock collars for dogs comes with adjustable settings, so test the shock collar on your dog before buying it.

Drawbacks:

There are 500,000 electric are being used in the UK and 20,000 out of them are in the Wales. According to the advice of Pet Behavior Counselors association, that the tools like dog shock collar are based on discomfort and pain to change the behavior of a dog are not right. The dogs may experience physical pain, psychological stress, displaced aggression, severe anxiety and injuries like cardiac fibrillation. Every animal have a different pain thresholds and temperaments. If a dog easily bears a shock but it may be harsh for the other. The repeated shocks cause confusion and anxiety, which may transform the rate of respiration the heart rate or disorder the gastrointestinal.

The shock collars for dogs can be faulty that may give no shock or start giving the nonstop shocks. The shocking collars used for wayward dogs and cats to train them, has first time banned in Britain. Now it is totally banned in Wales, who will break the law, will face the prison of six months and a heavy fine up to £20,000. According to the Kennel Club, the RSPCA and other groups of Pet welfare said that they want this law to be implemented all over the UK. But some of the experts are in the favor of this technique; they said that, this technique is very effective to develop the behavior of a dog that enables him to run into the crowded area and traffic. The ban on the shock collars will lead to the untrained dogs that are dangerous.

But it is the fact that there are many far more effective methods exists to train the dogs, such as the reward-based training method. Still the presence of reward-based training method, some people is still favoring a painful and unpleasant technique to train a dog.

Even the dog shock collar in experienced hands can cause anxiety and fear. Moreover, this can suppress the warning behavior of the dog that he shows before the aggression, which makes them more dangerous and unpredictable. Use of shock collars increases the learning in dogs by associating the shock with specific things. So there will always be a risk of wrong association of a shock, for example if a shock is applied by a trainer for barking and the dog associate it, with something from the environment rather than his own barking like to a nearby child etc. due to the pain.  Another major risk of using a shock collars is that dog may be fail to link a shock with anything and suffer unnecessary shocks by the trainer. You should also keep in mind that not all collars are compatible with a diy dog fence.

If you look at the pros and cons of shock collars for dogs then you will find out that the use of shocking collars to train a dog is not the best possible way. It should be replaced with reward based training to protect animal rights.