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Electric or spray training collar for dog

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Posted on November 14 2018

For or against training collars? Faced with positive canine education methods, this type of device tends to be abandoned. Let's see the principle through two models in particular: the electric training collar and the spray.

The training collars are still used by a number of educators and teachers , and all kinds of models are available commercially. Nevertheless, more and more voices have risen against these accessories for several years. The effectiveness of the training collar, whether electrical, spray or otherwise, is strongly criticized, as are its potential adverse effects on the dogs themselves. Perceived as a device that can traumatize the animal, the collar training is not unanimous among animal advocates and methods of positive reinforcement in dog training.

The principle of the training collar

Whatever the model, the training collar is designed to send a signal to the dog, supposed to push him to immediately stop his action. Often, this signal is preceded by a beep .

There are different types of dressage collars in the trade. They send :

  • electrical impulses
  • vibrations
  • sounds
  • ultrasound
  • fragrant jets (usually lemongrass).

The training collar includes a transmitter controlled via a remote control . This allows to operate the device by sending the signal or to program it, but also to adjust the intensity and duration.

The electric training collar emits electrostimulation of low voltage (3 volts in general). It is forbidden to use it on a puppy . The one with spray triggers, meanwhile, the emission of an odorant signal unpleasant for the dog.

The arguments of the manufacturers

For the manufacturers of these necklaces and educators who advocate the use, these equipment meet a specific demand and must be used in a specific context. They present them as aids to communication and education and remind them that they are not meant to stay on the animal's neck all day long, only during the education sessions. For them, the danger would come from misuse of the training collar and not from the tool itself.

The opinion of dog advocates

In the other camp, whose voices are more and more heard and respected, it is estimated that the effectiveness of the training collar is not fully demonstrated . It can even be counterproductive , the signal being emitted may be associated by the dog to another who has nothing to do, like the doorbell. This creates confusion in the animal's mind and aggravates his behavioral problems . Not to mention the risk of injury and trauma associated with such devices when they fail.

It is also believed that in the long term these collars are likely to make dogs more aggressive .

Recall that a decree of the Rural Code 871 of August 28, 2008 Art. R. 214-24 states that " the exercise of the education and training of a pet under conditions that inflict unnecessary injury or suffering on him is prohibited ".

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