Misconceptions about shock collars for dogs
Are Electric Collars Dangerous?
No, electric/shock collars are not dangerous or inhumane when used properly. Electric dog fence systems like the PetSafe UltraSmart allow you to choose from multiple correction levels to ensure that you have just the right amount of correction for your particular dog. Shock Collars for dogs can be purchased here.
- Dogs receive only a mild electric stimulation during training and very rarely receive another such stimulus afterwards.
- The level of intensity is less than 6 volts equivalent to a shock you would receive from walking across your carpet.
- Dogs cannot physically receive a burn from a dog fence collar (see University of Pennsylvania study).
- Dogs do not normally run through an electronic type fencing system 99% of incidents occur due to owner negligence or improper installation.
- 9 out of 10 Veterinarians recommend dog fence systems.
- Dogs cannot dig under, jump over or run through an Electric dog fence if trained properly and maintained. The underground fence is not a physical barrier and your dogs should be supervised while in the yard.
- Aggressive Dogs are not appropriate candidates for this type of fencing and should not be trained with an electric dog fence system.
Electric dog collars (shock collars) have been scientifically tested by leading veterinary schools (such as the University of Pennsylvania) and found to have no adverse physiological effects on the dog. Depending on the correction level setting, the shock that your dog receives may be similar to the shock you get when stepping out of a car, running your feet across a carpeted floor, or touching a TV screen. The purpose of the stimulus is not to cause pain, but rather to gain and redirect the attention of the dog away from the undesired behavior like leaving the boundaries of your property.
Leading Experts Agree that Shock Collars for Dogs Are Humane.
"The invisible fence system has been awarded by the Humane Society for its compassionate program because it first gives the dog an auditory warning, then there is a hesitation, and then the correction. The correction setting is very mild to start."
"Our hidden fence has dramatically improved the quality of life for our dog, Aragorn, and improved the quality of life for my entire family. As a veterinarian, I pride myself in working with an animal hospital that provides excellent customer service and could only recommend a company that meets my high standards." - Dr. Kelly B. Vex DVM - Basking Ridge Animal Hospital
"Over a million customers keep their dogs safe with a system that's endorsed by the ASPCA and veterinarians." - Invisible Fence®
More than 1.2 million dogs were hit and killed by cars in the USA in 2011. Dogs who are safely contained using electric dog fencing are less likely to breach the boundaries and end up in harm’s way. Unlike physical fencing, it is not possible for a curious dog to climb, jump, or dig under an electric dog fence. So while your curious and social pet can still observe everything going on around him, he is safely contained away from the dangers presented by roads, bodies of water, or neighboring properties. This type of barrier free containment meets your dog’s needs for freedom of movement, awareness of the things around him, and boundaries.
Are Electric Collars Inhumane?
Electric shock collars are not inhumane or cruel. On the contrary, electric collars used in the context of remote training and pet containment have afforded our pet’s safety, freedom, and independence that they may not have had otherwise since 1972. Our best argument regarding the humanity of shock collars for dogs is best asserted in the form of a question. “What’s more inhumane, your dog getting a mild correction or the possibility of your dog escaping your property and getting hit by a car or lost?”
Dogs thrive in environments where they have boundaries, rules, and plenty of exercise. Packs of dogs (both wild and domesticated) will establish a pecking order and maintain the chain of command through physical play, chasing, biting, and positioning. Boundaries will be established by the alpha dog and enforced through the physical behaviors mentioned above. An electric collar simulates the non-harmful bite of an alpha dog reminding his pack of the boundaries. Properly trained dogs will quickly learn where the boundaries are and happily remain within them. Most electric dog fence users report that once the dog learns the boundaries he rarely (if ever) receives a corrective shock again.
*Flexpetz tested this theory by placing a pedometer on two dogs. The dogs both traveled over 6 miles in a one day period on a one acre property. People who use electric dog fences tend to have happier, healthier, and better-behaved dogs than those who rely on a once a day walk to meet all the exercise needs of their 4-legged friend. Dogs left to use their yard get approximately 5-10 times as much exercise as those owners who take their dogs for a walk 2 times a day.
Training a dog requires patience, persistence, and consistency and as a training tool, electric shock collars are no exception. Care must be taken to ensure that the collar is properly fitted and that the correction level is appropriate for your dog’s size and temperament. While the shock issued from an electric collar is physically safe for your dog, it is very important for the emotional well being of the dog to make sure that she is not being over-corrected.
Shock Collars for Dogs Also Have Some BIG Advantages Over Other Types of Training.
Good electric dog collar training products have three unique advantages over other training methods:
1. Correction Level Selection
Aversion training works by teaching your pet to avoid certain behaviors or physical areas through the association of that behavior or area with a negative stimulus. In the case of electric collars, the negative stimulus is the shock. A key aspect of aversion training is using just the right amount of correction force. The right amount will get the dog’s attention without overdoing it and inflicting harm or undue pain. Most good electric fence collars allow the user to choose the correct level of correction to match the temperament of the dog.
2. Consistency Of Correction
In order for aversion training to be effective it must be consistent. The dog must receive the same correction each time he breaks the rules. Electric shock collars provide this level of consistency by delivering the same correction each time without variation. Unlike a leash jerk or a poke from an owner, the collar is always consistent and emotionless in delivering a correction.
3. Correction Association
One of the pitfalls of aversion training can be the association the dog makes between the correction and it’s source. In the example of leash jerks, a dog may learn to associate the unpleasantness of the leash jerk with the leash, or worse the human at the other end of it. Electric collars remove the human from the equation so the dog never learns to associate the human with the corrections. Because the source of the adverse stimulus is less clear, the dog has less of a chance to associate it with a person or object.