Electronic ‘Shock’ Collars Cause Stress in Dogs


A recent study by researchers at the University of Lincoln in Britain, published in PLOS ONE, confirms that electronic ‘shock’ collars might distress your dog and emphasizes that dogs that were trained with e-collars experience stress more often, tend to be sleepy and engage in less ‘environmental interaction’ than dogs whose owners avoided e-collars.

Lead author Jonathan Cooper said in a press release that dog owners shouldn’t use electronic collars because they pose a threat to dogs’ health.

“It seems that the routine use of e-collars even in accordance with best practice, as suggested by collar manufacturers, presents a risk to the well-being of pet dogs.”

Although the researchers admit the e-collar is efficient, they say that it’s just not worth the risk.

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  • hardlybill

    This article is truly “shocking”. Who would have guessed? (Sarcasm switch off). A person I know was thinking of getting one to facilitate training his dog. I told him if he did, I’d put it on him and see how he liked it. He changed his mind about getting the collar and trained him the old-fashioned way. (The dog turned out fine. It’s the owner who should be “collared”.

  • samoht

    Our dogs have electric collars, because of this they have the run of seven acres of land. If we did not use the collar they would be put in a kennel for most of the time.
    I know what I would prefer.

  • justme

    The possible stress my dog felt in his initial training with the use of the electrical collar is a heck of a lot better than the stress I would feel if he would fail to come when I called – as I watched the car hit him. Too many times I’ve seen dogs that thought they could keep out of your reach do just that and run off the other way.
    After his early training and with a firm grasp of what the “tone” forewarned would happen without a proper response, I virtually never even put the electric collar on him any more.

  • George B.

    What the heck has happened to TRAINING YOUR DOG??!!! If you train your dog, you don’t need to traumatize the heck out of him, damaging for life!

    Your dog won’t run in the street if you teach him. What’s next, shocking him for a bad sit? Having acreage is no excuse, either. If you have horses, there are things called fences. They keep out predators which could hurt your dogs.

    These are part of the responsibilities of having dogs. You don’t hurt them because you are too lazy to do the right thing. Clearly, you have pushed my buttons.

    Before you declare me a nutcase, I Am a veteran dog trainer with dogs titled in many competition sports. I teach people how to train in a kind and effective method.

    Reward based training does not require an owner to his hands on his dogs in any way, except to show affection. Step into the new century and read up on reward based and clicker training.

  • George B.

    No sh_t Sherlock, ya think? Put a collar that shocks a dog around his neck does not TEACH a dog anything! It just shocks him. Everytime you push that button, he has to figure out what he did wrong. And you are not telling him.

    Eventually, the dog will shut down. How would you feel if someone continually punished you randomly, without warning and without explanation?

    Good training has nothing to do with punishment. It has all to do with telling the dog what he has done right. Then, he knows what to do.

    If you don’t know how to train a dog, you have no business attempting it, using a shock collar of all things. You timing has to be absolutely perfect and nobody can be perfect.

    Next time, get thee to a dog class where you can be properly taught by someone who teaches positive reinforcement methods. Punishment is not teaching and it is unnecessary.

  • Jennifer

    Interesting. I read two anti shock collar reviews here yesterday and they are gone, now.