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Electronic “Shock” Collars Might Distress Your Dog

Today we wanted to highlight an important article, “Electronic “Shock” Collars Might Distress Your Dog” by Caelainn Hogan. From the article:

“Some dog trainers and owners swear by electronic “shock” collars to bring bad habits to heel, despite the devices being banned in some countries. But are they really bad for your pooch? A new study says yes.

The study by researchers at the University of Lincoln in Britain, published in PLOS ONE, suggests that electronic collars, or e-collars, caused the dogs to get stressed.  They found dogs that were trained with e-collars spent significantly more time tense, yawned more often and engaged in less “environmental interaction” compared with other dogs.

“It seems that the routine use of e-collars even in accordance with best practice, as suggested by collar manufacturers, presents a risk to the well-being of pet dogs,”  lead author Jonathan Cooper said in a press release summarizing the study.”

Click here to read the full article. It also includes various informative links regarding this study.

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