The B.C. SPCA is asking dog owners to take a pledge not use shock collars as a training tool for their dogs.
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The B.C. SPCA is asking dog owners to take a pledge not to use shock collars as a training tool for their dogs.The collars, also known as electronic collars or e-collars, allow owners to use electric pulses via a remote to correct their dog’s behaviour.“We know that some dog owners turn to aversive training tools, such as electronic collars, out of a genuine desire to keep their pet safe,” said Dr. Karen van Haaften, senior manager of behaviour and welfare for the B.C. SPCA and a veterinary specialist in behaviour. “They may not be aware that e-collars can cause both physical and psychological pain for their pet and that there are humane, reward-based training options available that are just as, if not more, effective in addressing unwanted behaviours.”Related The SPCA says shock collars work by delivering an uncomfortable electrostatic shock to the dog’s skin.The collars, which have been banned in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, are legal in Canada.Van Haaften says while the devices can alter a dog’s behaviour, evidence suggests their use is associated with high levels of stress, phobias, fear and increased aggression in dogs.“In addition, electronic shock collars can cause physical harm, such as an unhealthy increase in heart rate and severe burns to an animal’s neck,” she said.