Dog shock collars – the good and the bad

Looking for your dog can take you most of your spare time and resources, so don’t embark on such a journey if you’re not ready to commit in the long term. Dogs are extremely affectionate beings and will respond to love and kind treatments.

However, teaching dogs to obey and become disciplined could prove a tricky thing, even for the most experimented dog breeders and trainers. Each dog has its own personality and sometimes it is hard to make dogs act accordingly, especially if they were previously owned by someone else or suffered prior to their lives.

And while I would love to say that snacks, treats, and unconditional love are all the ingredients needed to train your dog, sometimes they have such strong personalities that cannot be tamed this way. In this case, dog shock collars could prove effective.

To make sure you don’t abuse this method and your dog is not mistreated, here are the goods and bads of shock collars.

The goods

Treating your dog to behave accordingly is not always easy, especially for dogs with great personalities. Excessive barking, jumping, excessive chewing or even escaping are all dog behaviors that can prove more harmful than applying some light shocks now and then.

The good thing is that you can set the intensity of the shock in order to only inform your dog if he or she is doing a bad thing.

Shock collars provide fast and easy results and can be used by all dog owners, even by the inexperienced ones, providing they know how to perfectly handle such devices.

Most of the shock collars have low-intensity shocks, as well as a vibration setting that can be used when your dog has already learned to avoid some behaviors. It is best also to start training with this feature in order to avoid unnecessary shocks if your dog understands the meaning from the beginning.

Last but not least, shock collars can be activated remotely, so you don’t even have to be present all the time. In fact, it is best to let your dog act normally in its environment and only sanction an action after it happened. Your dog should be able to run free and explore in order to understand on his own the things he is allowed, and the things he isn’t.


The bad

As I don’t advocate for shocks applied to any animals, sometimes shock collar dogs are the last resort to train a dog. However, the main downside is that you cannot always anticipate the exact moment your dog is acting in a certain way that should be punished, meaning that a late zap will mainly confuse the dog instead of warning him.

Another side effect is that shock collars promote fear and anxiety. Your dog won’t be able to run freely and will be in constant anticipation of the zap.

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