Are Dog Behavior Collars Humane or Legal? You May Be Surprised

Training collars, whether dog bark collars to control barking or collars for invisible pet fences seem to be controversial and everyone has an opinion on the matter. When people that like to train with love hear about a shock collar for dogs, their eyes open wide as they think the dog is being tortured, while that isn’t true at all. Perhaps that’s one way of thinking, the alternative is that these electronic dog training devices can actually save a dog’s life in different ways.

Good Reasons to Use Dog Behavior Collars

For example, an incessantly barking dog may be grounds for a tenant eviction. Oftentimes, the only solution is to give up the dog. Neighbors simply cannot nor should not be forced to deal with nonstop barking from another tenant’s dog. What’s better then, anti bark collars that teach dogs to stop nuisance barking or sending the dog to a shelter to meet its fate?

With the shock collar for dogs which works with an invisible pet fence, the dog is kept safe within the confines of the predefined boundaries. Without it, the dog would have to be tied and have less space to move about freely. Of course, most owners would have the right to install a physical barrier to fence in the outdoor space, but perhaps they are not in a financial position to do so. So once again, is a dog not better off in safe and free environment rather than in a shelter?

It’s easy to draw conclusions and imagine the very worst, but keep an open mind. Look at both sides of the argument. Perhaps you’ll see that what you were opposed to is a much better option.

Dog Behavior Collars

The Legality of Shock Collars for Dogs

However, the law is the law, and dog electronic collars are NOT legal around the world. For instance, a judge in the UK found it to be an inhumane training method.

According to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, the use of dog electronic collars is illegal in Wales.  Some dog owners aren’t aware they could be fined for using them. This illegal activity resulted in the dog’s owner, Phillip Pook, being fined £2,000! In addition to the fine, the owner was also ordered to pay the court fees, which amounted to £1000.

Dog behavior collars are meant to serve a purpose. If they fail to do so, owners need to find other solutions to their problems. In the above case, the Border Collie escaped regularly, so it was evident that the electronic dog collar simply wasn’t working (in addition to it being illegal).

To be safe, check with Federal and municipal laws to ensure the dog electronic collars are legal. Next, consider whether this is the right solution for you and your dog. Not everyone is comfortable with the vibration, stimulation, or shock produced when the dog crosses the electric fence line, or in the case of barking collars, if it barks.

Currently, electric shock collars for dogs are banned in Austria, parts of Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

References:

The Kennel Club

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The Daily Mail