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Pros and Cons: Getting a Shock Collar for Dogs

 

A shock collar is a device designed to deliver an electrical pulse through the neck of an animal whenever a signal is given. The signal can be generated by a GPS system, a handheld button, invisible wires laid in the ground, and even barking. If you plan on using shock collars on your dog, then there are a number of pros and cons that should be considered before moving forward.

 

 

 

Pros

 

1. Affordability

Compared to the cost of installing a real fence, a shock collar can be a way to give your dog free roam of the yard without barricade or binding.

 

2. No Leash
For many dogs, the invisible barrier of the shock collar is a welcome change to the confining grasp of a leash. It's especially great to be able to release your dog into an unleashed dog park and know you still have a way to control them if it becomes necessary.

 

3. Mobility
Both remote and area-based shock collar systems are relatively lightweight and portable. This means that you can take them with you on vacation or a family camping trip, and still be able to keep an eye on your dog.

 

4. Customizable
Various strength levels are available so you can select the right option for your dog. This does mean that owners with dogs of varying sizes will have to be exceedingly careful not to mix up the different models.

 

5. Bark Reduction
One of the more controversial features of some shock collars is automatic activation when they detect a bark. The consistent negative reinforcement is extremely effective at reducing the frequency and loudness of barking.

 

 

 

Cons

 

1. Inducing Aggression

An animal may grow agitated by a shock collar and attempt to remove it, and a shock collar will only be a more serious concern. After the dog realizes that progressing past a certain point will shock them, they may become severely upset and irritated.

 

2. Large Size
Shock collars are frequently made with large boxes that rest in the collar with two metal probes touching the skin. The additional weight around the neck can be a nuisance to many dogs, encouraging them to try and escape from the collar.

 

3. Methodology
Simply put, shock collars administer a sharp dose of pain to discourage a behavior. For many dog owners and trainers, this goes against their beliefs or way of doing things.

 

4. Possible Failure
Between needing batteries and the simple fact that some dogs may endure the pain of the shock until it stops, shock collars can be less useful than a leash in certain situations. Larger dogs are more prone to ignoring the shocks, and rechargeable units do reduce the frequency of dead batteries if you are diligent.

 

5. Improper or Inadequate Options
Not all collars are created equal, and poor programming or other glitches can cause malfunctions that include the shock function being turned on indefinitely.

 

 

 

Which Way Should You Go?

Shock collars are a tool that can be used as both a liberating and oppressive force for your animals. Be aware of the realities of how they work and how to best use them, and consult a veterinarian or other specialist if you are unsure about them. To learn about our upcoming puppy litters and the dogs we have available, contact us today!

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