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“The shock collar doesn’t hurt my dog. I tested it on my arm. it’s just a little vibration.”
I know that it seems like the shock collar doesn’t hurt the dog, because when we test the collar out on ourselves, it might not feel so bad, but unfortunately it can be very painful and scary for dogs. In fact, if the shock is not painful or scary, it won’t work to teach your dog anything.
Dogs need motivation to do the things we ask of them -- no different than us getting paid to go to work. We have choices as to how to motivate them: we can give or take away something the pup enjoys, or we can give or take away something he finds unpleasant, scary, or painful.
For example, we can give pups delicious chicken when we call them to us, to teach them that coming back to us is a REALLY good thing, or we can use a shock collar that hurts them until they come to us. One way or another, we have to give them a reason to come.
Curious to see how a shock collar feels on people? Watch these videos:
#4 “There is no other way I could walk my dog. He is too strong.”
Walking our dogs can be so frustrating -- and even scary -- sometimes. We’re asking these four-legged guys, who can be incredibly strong, to stick by our side and go at our pace, regardless of their natural gate or external factors such as a squirrel darting by or a dog park getting closer.
Old-school dog training methods used devices designed to cut off the dog’s air (i.e. choke collars) or hurt him (i.e. shock collars and prong collars) in order to teach him to walk politely. Thankfully, we have much better technology today that is designed to help dogs walk with a loose leash without hurting or scaring them.
Front-clip harnesses -- such as the Sense-sation Harness or the Freedom No Pull Harness -- clip in the front of the dog (as you may have guessed from the name), to allow physics to take over and teach the dog to slow down. If he pulls ahead of the person holding onto the leash, the dog ends up turned around in the opposite direction than he wanted to go. The good thing that he wanted (moving forward towards something) was taken away from him. In order to be able to keep heading to that good thing, the pup has to slow down his pace.