The Shock Collars

There are various methods that can be used to curtail dog movements or from unbecoming behavior such as barking unnecessary. One of the methods that are used (though it is illegal especially in European countries) is the shock collar for dogs. Even though the use of these devices for Puppy training Brisbane is met with praises, there are also a number of animal rights activists who feel they are cruel and ineffective as a method of controlling dogs. The method used in the designing of these collars is based on the positive reinforcement. The proponents of this devices especially professional; trainers have a good word for the devices especially those that work with the spaniels, retrievers and other bird hunting dogs claim that the collars do cause some little discomfort but help the dog in the in learning new things.

The collars are utilized in obedience and also containment training, however the success of the shock collars is most anecdotal. But the dog barking collars which are categorized in the anti-bark collars have received much praise and are considered more effective and humane than the shock collars. The shock collar functions through static electricity. The shock collars are categorized as “invincible fencing”. The collars are typically installed collar that has a metal stud and is position against the dog’s neck. Then there is a wire that is buried along the perimeter of lawn or yard; the wire receives a radio signal from an electric base unit. When the dog gets uncomfortably close to the wire it gets a vibration or hears a tone but when it moves past the wire it ends up being shocked by static electricity. 

Those who advocate for invincible fencing claim that when a dog is trained to using the shock collars it is useful in keeping the dog within its borders. The premise is that the tiny discomfort the dogs experience cannot be compared with the amount of training the dog receives in evading some of the risks and dangerous accidents that may occur such as being hit by a car or getting lost. While the opposes of the shock collars claim that even the small discomfort the dogs experience is unnecessary and actually inhumane considering that the dog is also has feelings and the positive training should be taken up by the owners as his/her responsibilities. In other instances there has been the argument that the dogs get used to the shock and for other dogs only have to respect the boundaries only when wearing the collars.

The other kinds of collars are the anti-bark dogs which have the ability to stop dogs barking. Just like the shock collars the anti-bark collars have proponents and proposers too. There is a category of these collars that employs the same principles as the shock collars, although there are put in place to stop dogs from barking unnecessary. However there is the other collars that use citronella oil instead of static electricity –they are considered more effective and humane than the shock collars. Now when the dogs are shocked by the shock collars they tend to disassociate themselves with barking because of the negative feeling it causes and hence barking resumes when the collar is removed.