It may be hard to believe, but there are those who still wonder if so-called “shock collars” are okay to use on their dogs.
These products are being sold quite prevalently and some owners, some of whom have nothing but the best intentions, see these things as acceptable ways to train their dogs.
Let me stress that I DO NOT, or would never recommend any type of shock collar, PERIOD!
One product that has been making the rounds as of late is the simpleLEASH.
This product shocks the dog each time the leash goes tight. The shock, described by the site’s FAQ as “harmless, but slightly uncomfortable,” lasts a fraction of a second and is a static charge. It is preceded by an audible warning that lasts for one and a half seconds.
The goal with this type of leash is to get your dog to associate the one and a half seconds of the beep with the “harmless static charge.”
As you might imagine, the good people behind simpleLEASH don’t really refer to the shock as a shock.
It is referred to as the aforementioned “harmless static charge” or a “correction stimulus,” of course, which supports the view that using this product leads to “fun and safe” walking with your pooch.
“The simpleLEASH is also effective as a means of keeping your dog at your side and well behaved [sic],” says the FAQ.
According to the website, most of the dogs using this form of shock collar “have been trained on their first walk” because of the “predictable and consistent” feedback from the “correction stimulus.” Hmmm!
Existing and Probable Issues with These Types of Devices
- I’m a firm believer that these products MAY HAVE AN AFFECT ON THE DOG’S THYROID.
- The fact is that your dog will likely form a pile of unfortunate associations when dealing with such shock collars.
- Pets have been known to practice inappropriate urination and soiling, for instance, as products like simpleLEASH can quite literally scare the crap out of your four-legged friend.
- Hearing any similar beep, something in the range of, let’s say, one and a half seconds, can produce a physical reaction that will have you doing clean-up duty.
- This type of product also tends to heighten the dog’s reactivity in other ways. Some dog owners report more aggressive pooches after the use of shock collars and other “disciplinary” implements.
- Consider those dog owners who use electronic fences to keep their pets within the confines of their properties. Dogs become skittish out in the yard.
- The thing about shock collars like the simpleLEASH is that they are quick “fixes.” The product boasts about not even having an off switch. “You literally don’t do a thing except hold the end of the leash,” says the website. How much easier could it get?
C’mon folks! The problem is that the easy road
is not always the best road!
The Better Option
Training your dog requires forging a relationship over time, not resorting to “revolutionary” products that suggest miracles. You have to put in the time and compassion with your dog.
It requires the development of companionship and friendship, not mere “correction stimulus” at the end of a leash.
As a responsible dog owner, your goal should be to “get to know your dog’, and for your dog to “get to know you”.
Well, how does that work, you ask? 🙂
It’s easy when you have the right tools. I highly recommend a training system that teaches the owner how to easily work with their dog towards the desired results. Remember, using shock collars and leashes are nothing more than a temporary fix; if that’s what you want to call them.
I strongly recommend a good training program that you can do at home, yourself. One that comes WITH A GUARANTEE and one that also USES VIDEO. Most humans are visual and we comprehend things a little easier if we can visualize and see things in action.