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Professional resources and position statements on electronic collars

While shock collars may seem like a quick solution to address behaviour problems, they can have a negative, lasting impact on your dog. Instead, seek out humane and effective ways to deal with unwanted behaviours instead.

Professional resources:

The use of electronic collars for training domestic dogs: Estimated prevalence, reasons and risk factors for use, and owner perceived success as compared to other training methods (PDF) – Emily Blackwell, Christine Bolster, Gemma Richards, Bethany Loftus, Rachel Casey

The welfare consequences and efficacy of training pet dogs with remote electronic training collars in comparison to reward based training (PDF) – Jonathan J. Cooper, Nina Cracknell, Jessica Hardiman, Hannah Wright, Daniel Mills

Survey on the use of e-collars in France (PDF) – Sylvia Masson , Isabelle Nigron, Emmanuel Gaultier

The use of electronic collars for training domestic dogs- estimated prevalence, reasons and risk factors for use, and owner perceived success as compared to other training methods (PDF) – Emily J Blackwell, Christine Bolster, Gemma Richards, Bethany A. Loftus and Rachel A. Casey

Comparison of learning effects and stress between 3 different training methods (electronic training collar, pinch collar and quitting signal) in Belgian Malinois Police Dogs (PDF) – Y. Salgirli, E. Schalke, I. Boehm, H. Hackbarth

Clinical signs caused by the use of electric training collars on dogs in everyday life situations (PDF) – E. Schalke, J. Stichnoth , S. Ott , R. Jones-Baade

The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward Based Training (PDF) – Jonathan J. Cooper, Nina Cracknell, Jessica Hardiman, Hannah Wright, Daniel Mills

Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects (PDF)  – Matthijs B.H. Schilder, Joanne A.M. van der Borg

Position statements:

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Position Statement on Animal Training

European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology: Position Statement on Electronic Training Devices (PDF)

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association: Humane Training Methods for Dogs

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers: Electronic Collar Position Statement (PDF)

AVSAB:  Position statement on the use of punnishment-based training methods in dogs (PDF).

Other resources:

AnimalKind Scientific Review of Dog Training Methods (PDF)

AnimalKind Dog Training Standards (PDF)

 

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