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    Electric shock dog collars deemed harmful and worse than traditional training

    NewsUK Dog NewsWednesday 31 July 2013
    The Kennel Club has spoken out against the use of controversial electric collars used to train dogs and has called for them to be banned immediately. Government research has found that the collars are no more effective than traditional training and rewards. The collar is estimated to have been used by over 500,000 dog owners.
    The Kennel Club’s response comes after two reports released by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFREA) found that the collars could cause harm to the pets rather than change their behaviours.
    The devices are incredibly popular though and are used by two high profile celebrities Jessica Biel and Cesar Milan. The news could speak an interesting debate as Cesar Milan has his own dedicated tv show for dogs and countless years of experience in training.
    The devices have already been banned in Wales and now the government and the Kennel club want to extend this ban to across the UK.
    The collars are fitted around the dogs neck and when they are “naughty” owners can inflict a short shock that lasts around 30 seconds.
    Speaking on behalf of the Kennel Club Caroline Kisko said that: 'There is no denying the results of these two surveys.
    'Action needs to be taken now to prevent further harm being done to the UK's dogs.
     'Even with industry trained professionals, and the project being conducted by an organisation (ECMA) with a clear agenda, it was still found that electric shock collars often had a detrimental effect on dogs and did not prove to be a better alternative than training using positive reinforcement.'

    The devices it is argued do not address underlying behaviour problems and could lead to further problems as dogs are responding out of fear rather than a willingness to obey.
    The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Assciation has spoken about the issue and said that:
    'Defra has approached ECMA to ensure that its members' products continue to be manufactured to set standards and to further educate users on how to operate the training products responsibly.'
    'ECMA members have signed up to a robust code of practice where all products meet the latest technical requirements and provide user guides with consistent instructions to improve the quality of lives of dogs while protecting animal welfare.'

    A DEFRA spokesperson said that from its research the collars 'cause no long–term harm to dog welfare when manufactured to a high standard and used appropriately' but that those using the devices 'to inflict unnecessary suffering may be prosecuted under animal welfare laws'.
    Photo: javcon117
    Source: Daily Mail
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