These days, many dog owners consider using a shock collar, an electronic collar, or a remote training collar to address and correct any unwanted behavior that their dogs have. Whether your dog is a persistent barker, lunges and jumps on people, or constantly wander off your yard, you may have considered using a dog training collar for behavior modification.
As a dog owner, it is your prerogative to decide which training method may work best for you and your dog. Just keep in mind that like any method, dog training collars also have their own pros and cons. So, the question of whether they work or not, may also have varying answers.
What are Shock Collars and Do Dog Training Collars Work?
One of the most common training collars used are shock collars, which were initially used in the 1960s to train hunting dogs. Nowadays, they are often used to control stubborn and unwanted behaviors among dogs to make them more attentive.
The important thing to note about shock collars is they are not intended as a punishment so they should not be used as such. The theory behind using a shock training collar is that your dog will most likely associate any of his unwanted behavior with an uncomfortable feeling or shock.
As a result, he will stop doing the unwanted behavior and start obeying more.
Dog owners need not worry because the shock coming from a dog training collar is safe and will not do any lasting physical harm. The shock administered by an approved collar is just enough to get your dog’s attention and is nothing that your dog cannot handle.
Most shock collars also have different levels of enforcement as well as intensity, starting with a beep or a vibration, which usually serves as a warning before the actual shock is administered.
Pros of Using a Shock Dog Training Collar
Before you start to consider using a shock collar to train your dog, it is important for you to know the benefits that it can give you and your dog.
While training collars from different manufacturers may have different features, most of them can provide the following help to dogs and dog owners:
The intensity is fully adjustable.
As mentioned earlier, most shock collars start with a warning such as a beep or a vibration, before the actual shock is felt by your dog. This is a good feature, especially for dog owners who are apprehensive about using a shock collar for training.
It gives fast results.
Dog owners want nothing more than to see their beloved dogs finally obey their commands and a shock training collar can definitely help with that. There are even reports from owners that it only took a few uses and a few shocks from the collar to correct unwanted behavior among their dogs.
It allows you to control your dog even when you are away from home or inside the house.
This is especially applicable when you are training your dog for chronic barking or using the collar as boundary control.
It is very affordable.
It is a cheap yet great alternative to hiring a professional trainer or building a fence, as shock training collars usually range from about $25 to about $200. Of course, the more features a collar has, the more expensive it will be.
Cons of Using a Shock Dog Training Collar
However, there are also disadvantages of using a shock collar to train dogs and below are some of them:
It uses shock.
Even if the intensity can be adjusted, shock is a form of an aversive behavior modification, which most pet owners cannot fully grasp.
It may instill fear in your dog.
A fearful dog can be dangerous because he may learn to fear people, objects, and situations that can be associated with the shock collar. As a result, instead of getting positive results, it may lead to more serious problems.
Even with the disadvantages, it cannot be denied that the use of a dog training collar, with or without the use of shock, can produce positive results in just a few days. You just need to have the proper mindset and you also need to enforce the correct training process on your dog.
The collar should be used properly and compassionately so that dogs can associate it with something pleasant, which will also give positive results in the long run. It should never be used as a punishment because dogs will only learn to fear it or just obey whenever they wear the collar, and go back to their unwanted behavior once their collars are taken off.
The bottom line is, dog training collars work when used correctly and appropriately. Using it will not make you a bad dog owner and it does not mean that you are hurting your dog during the training process.