Posted by: Linda Trunell | June 9, 2013

Why are People Still Shocking Dogs?

To use shock as an effective dog training method you will need:
  • A thorough understanding of canine behavior.
  • A thorough understanding of learning theory.
  • Impeccable timing.

And if you have those three things, you don’t need a shock collar. 

                                                  — Dr. Ian Dunbar

Boxer puppy in shock collar by Shutterstock 
See The Pet Professional Guild Position Statement on the Use of Shock in Animal Training  http://petprofessionalguild.com/shockcollars
Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,
Linda

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  1. Well said.

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    • It is so true and I wish I knew who said it.

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  2. Just found out that the quote is from Dr. Ian Dunbar! Updated the post.

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  3. I had a newfie back a few years who even tho we lived in frozen hell up north much preferred to be outside rather than in. When we first moved up there he had barking issue – it didn’t bother me but it bothered the now X. To the point she bitched daily – she was not a dog person. Iwent and bought a bark collar with no intention of ever using it. She would ask daily are you going to ever put it on him. I would mutter yeah and then not do it all the while working with him to curb the barking. Soon she quit asking and I returned the dumb collar to the store

    BTW fantastic quote

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    • Good for you! Bark collars are not recommended by positive reinforcement trainers.
      I love the quote, too. When I first posted this blog entry I didn’t know who said it but it made perfect sense so I posted it as “Unknown”. I did some digging and a reputable source credited it to Dr. Ian Dunbar.

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