These are commonly used by dog owners for various reasons. Excessive barking, jumping, running away or chasing a smaller animal, basically any unwanted behavior. The action of using any type of collar to improve unwanted behaviors, has always been under dispute whether it is negative or positive reinforcement.
Dog owners, please read these important articles.
Are Remote Collars Punishment, Negative Reinforcement, or Motivators?
The most important statement in this article is: The reality is: how the dog will perceive the sensation of stimulation is entirely dependent on the operator and how he chooses to use the too
Dog Shock Collar – New Research Adds To Evidence That They Don’t Work
This provides an interesting study of whether collars are successful when teaching new behaviors. In summary, the answer is no.
Lets return to this,
The reality is: how the dog will perceive the sensation of stimulation is entirely dependent on the operator and how he chooses to use the tool.
Just like driving a car, the success relies on the ability and expertise of the driver, and of course having a license.
Because we don’t need a license to use collars, its up to dog owners to engage in the learning, and “best practice” methods. The safety and well being of your dog is the priority.
Please remember that collars can create different unwanted behaviors, and can cause stress and anxiety in your dog. Please ask the professionals their advice, specifically for your dog and the behavior you want to change. If cost is a problem, keep asking other dog owners who have overcome similar problems. There is a lot of free training online with regards to positive reinforcement. Patience, knowledge, practice and some yummy treats may be all you need.
If you do have a dog that could be a risk to other dogs, small animals, or humans. Using a collar can be very effective and necessary, when in the right hands. Having a collar on a dog with major behavior issues, can be a safety, or last resort method if any dangerous situation occurs, and your dog has not listened to your previous commands.
Choose K9 Control if you need to purchase a collar of any kind. These are of high quality and design, very important when the well being of your dog is the priority. Before buying a collar, please speak to the experts on which one is best and what training you will need.
Please be kind to your dogs, no matter what behaviors they develop.