Electronic ‘Shock’ Collars Cause Stress in Dogs

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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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