While we adore our dogs, we would NOT be completely honest if we didn’t admit that they sometimes drive us nuts. Every dog, no matter how terrific (or well trained), has a habit or two that frustrates us to no end. In many cases, these are the exact dog behaviors that result in families turning to shock collars in hopes of fixing the problem.
BUT, first, let’s recap the Top 5 Reasons People Turn to Shock Collars (and other correction-style collars like choke and pinch/prong collars):
1. Pulling on the Leash
Good leash manners are a must for modern, polite society. At times, however, our enthusiastic, unruly, or nervous dogs have other ideas.
If you’ve ever had someone ask, either in amusement or with contempt, “Who is walking whom?” you know this particular embarrassment of having a dog who doesn’t walk nicely on a leash.
Whether it jangles your nerves or you worry about neighbors snitching to authorities, getting excessive barking under control is vital to dog-owner/community relations.
3. Not coming when called (especially when off leash)
Having a dog take off on you and not come back is another highly embarrassing (and potentially dangerous) thing. Whether your dog is just running to run or chasing something down (another dog, a car, a kid on a skateboard, wildlife), there is probably no more powerless feeling than feeling like you cannot get him to come back.
4. Acting “aggressive”
The truth is that most dogs who seem “aggressive” — barking, growling, lunging — are actually scared. Really scared. The problem with trying to punish this behavior away is that it:
- Can increase or intensify the dog’s behavior
- Can squelch the behavior without addressing the underlying fear
5. Chasing or harassing wildlife (including poisonous snakes)
In many areas, dogs who chase or harass wildlife or livestock can be shot on sight. Not kidding. And, really none of us want to see our dog suffer a poisonous snake bite. So, obviously these are behaviors we do not want in our dogs.
Other Common Uses of Shock Collars?
So, those are the top 5 our coalition brainstormed, along with our friends from Humane Society of Boulder Valley and other local dog trainers. We plan to address each one in the coming weeks. Can you think of any others situations or dog behaviors that people try to fix shock/pinch/choke collars?
How Your Donations Help!
Do you want to help spread the word about pain-free dog training? Then, we need your donations today!
As our service project, we’re raising money for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley‘s upcoming No-Choke Challenge. (More details on how our efforts dovetail on our About Page and on the No-Choke Challenge page.)
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Never Shock a Puppy coalition members (and others, we hope) are blogging from their own sites on this and related topics. Each of us explain our opposition to shock collars (and other punitive methods in our own ways), so we hope you find at least one blogger who “speaks your language” so that you can follow our campaign in a way that feels most comfortable to you. Check out this blog hop to learn more.