Posted by: Linda Trunell | February 16, 2014

Quebec Bans Shock and Prong Collars

I found out a few days ago on The Normal Dog Blog that Quebec banned the use of shock and prong collars.  

Oh yes they did! Quebec government has said no more shocking and pinching dogs. 

There’s been lots of chatter about the news that the Quebec government agency that oversees regulation for the safety and well-being of dogs and cats (MAPAQ) has deemed electronic collars and prong collars “unacceptable” equipment as of 2013.  Public reaction was initially mixed:  There was some celebrating on one side and some grumbling on the other.  Both sides agreed, however, that this was a pretty benign move on the government’s part and that basically nothing would change out there in the real world.
And then this week it was made known that getting caught using such equipment would result in a fine of no less than $600, and that several “first warnings” had already been issued to members of the public.  Whoa.  The low-volume chatter quickly erupted into a full-out ballroom blitz.”  

Read all of Nancy Tucker’s post here
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

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

The use of electric shock collars was banned in Wales in early 2010.

THE use of electric shock collars is now banned in Wales following a landmark decision by Assembly Members.

 Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust, said: “[We are] delighted that a complete ban on electric shock collars has been announced for Wales.

She added: “Aversive training techniques, which include electric shock collars can cause pain and distress.

After the passing of the first ban of its kind in the UK, people who attach a shock collar to a pet could face a six month prison sentence or a fine of up to £20,000.

“The use of such techniques is likely to compromise the welfare of dogs and may in fact worsen behavioural problems.

“Dogs Trust believes that the use of electric shock collars is unacceptable from a welfare perspective and is actually unnecessary and ineffective.

“The charity believes that every dog should be trained using kind, fair and reward-based methods.” 

Pete and Max sharing peanut butter in training class

Pete and Max sharing peanut butter in training class

“I don’t care if a dog is 150 pounds or 10 pounds, and whether the issue is leash manners or biting visitors. There are no dogs who need a heavier hand–there are only trainers who need more knowledge and a lighter touch.” Nicole Wilde

Many studies have shown that using aversive training methods can cause stress, anxiety, fear and even aggression in animals.  Force-free, positive reinforcement methods are just as effective (even faster and longer-lasting in some cases) and are based on science – not myth.  Because we know that force and fear are not needed to train any animal, I believe it is morally wrong to use them.  I also believe that the use of force and fear by trainers corresponds to the lack of education in animal learning theory and skills.

“Where knowledge ends, violence begins.” – Abe Lincoln

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,



  1. YAY! YAY! and YAY again!!! Please – anyone using shock, prong or choke collars, please read! And thank you LInda for sharing your blog!! 🙂


    • I second that! Thank you, Patty, for reading. 🙂


  2. I am so glad to hear that. Whoever thought of this method of training a dog or any animal should be shot! Thanks for sharing Linda. 😀



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