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What can you tell me about electric shock collars?

(apologies if I got the terminology wrong) Have you ever used them? Do you still use them? Under what circumstances would you use them? Are they particularly useful for training for some jobs more than others? Could you also post links (if you have them) to any useful info about them please? I've no intention of using one on my dog. I am involved in a discussion about them on another forum, and I was hoping to add something else to that discussion.

Asked By: Terrier (UK) - 8/31/2007
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Contrary to popular belief.... They are not cruel. I have two dobermans, One my female, is the sweetest most loving dog ever. The other, my male, would have been put to sleep (he's not even a year old yet mind you) had I not gotten him. He was badly bred and to say the least is a monster. He SCREAMS when he is put... More
Answered By: jordie0587 - 8/31/2007
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I think the electric shock collar is very abusive to animals and please dont use it it once killed an animal. i suggest you do not use that collar.And if it was used on a person whoa you dead or hospital!
Answered By: Kimberly V - 8/31/2007
 
They are said to be good for stopping dogs barking but I would not use one on my dog even if she barked a lot, I feel the use of them is cruel. http://www.doggiesolutions.co.uk/erol.html#1X0
Answered By: MEASIAM - 8/31/2007
 
My friend bought one as their little dog was barking constantly. They used it once. It must have taught the dog well as not they just have to show him the collar and he won't bark.
Answered By: osopretty - 8/31/2007
 
They're truly cruel. They are used a lot here in France and I have witnessed a Staffy scream in pain when shocked by one. I was tempted to use one on one of my wayward Newfoundlands until I saw this. My Newf has now been trained by conventional and kind means. If you have a problem then enlist the help of a... More
Answered By: fat tart - 8/31/2007
 
omg watever you do dont use it in your dog (if thats why you asked) pleasee dont..! would you like to use it try it on you first if you like it then use it in your dog
Answered By: fer - 8/31/2007
 
I've used them, but the missis says they hurt her too much so we've gone back to tying each other up again!
Answered By: noruleschris - 8/31/2007
 
They can harm dogs because they often are triggered by a dog swallowing not barking poor animal is shocked all day long for swallowing. they are barbaric devices I won't tell you where you can get them because they are not used regularly in training. muzzling a dog is much more humane than shocking a poor animal/ you... More
Answered By: katie d - 8/31/2007
 
I have an invisible fence. I had a large 130lb black lab (he passed a couple of years ago) and a 75 lb yellow lab. Our neighborhood does not allow chain link fences and we could not afford to put up a wooden fence (we have an acre of land). It took about 1 week to train the dogs not to cross the fence. I don't have... More
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Answered By: DJ's mom - 8/31/2007
 
my boyfriend bought one of these by mistake, he meant to get one that made a tone. I decided just to see how bad it was, even though we were going to return it. Let me tell you, you do that, and you would never want it on your dog to wear it. It was just on my hand so I can imagine what its like on the dog's neck... More
Answered By: skye_blue_05 - 8/31/2007
 
i was told that you can also get a collar that sprays a citrus fragrance that works just as well with out hurting the dog. apparently dogs don,t like the smell of it
Answered By: wozzy - 8/31/2007
 
They are very useful if you know how to use them PROPERLY... More
Answered By: tony l - 8/31/2007
 
i use them on my wife , when i say them , i mean two , one on her neck , to chastise her for being naughty, and one on her leg if she tries to run away..
Answered By: Crazy_crow - 8/31/2007
 
Ouch!! They really hurt! Ouch!!!! Stop it!!!
Answered By: S - 8/31/2007
 
I recently asked a question about electric shock collars as my neighbour uses one on his dog. I've heard it yelping in pain and I've seen it jump in the air when getting a shock .I found it very disturbing and would never use it on any dog of mine.Kindness and rewards are the only method I would use in training a dog... More
Answered By: Grodno - 8/31/2007
 
I think they are horrible, vile things. I would never use one, but I darn sure would like to hang one of those things on people who do use them on their dogs. Dogs bark a lot because they are lonely, miserable, frustrated and desperate. Anyone who has a dog suffering from... More
Answered By: sharmel - 8/31/2007
 
We love our Inotech Train & Contain system for keeping our two dogs in the yard and for occassionally correcting our pointer's behavior. This system has a remote with four levels of shock and usually the first or second level is enough to make the pointer listen (we use it in the car since she goes absolutely nuts... More
Answered By: Meems - 8/31/2007
 
My father breeds beagles and lives in the city so barking gets the neighbors riled. (He usually only kennels 3 or 4 outside) He got a shock collar that would zap them when they would bark. It was very effective. He uses it long enough to train them to not bark and then takes it off when they are trained. They do not... More
Answered By: Lisa B - 8/31/2007
 
They are cruel. Inhumane. Barbaric... More
Answered By: balgownie34 - 8/31/2007
 
They are abusive, inhumane and wrong. I would NEVER use them.
Answered By: kennysprettylittlewifey(KST) - 8/31/2007
 
I would consider it inhumane. A dog would be scared to death of it and of you as their master. Not a good way to treat your best friend.
Answered By: dogsrspcl - 8/31/2007
 
Used properly by someone who understand what types of behavior they are going to get results for the collar is a wonderful training tool... More
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Answered By: tlctreecare - 8/31/2007
 
I reckon thick people who dont have the ability to control animals use them as they are too stoopid to read and learn about training...I think the K.C is trying to ban them for that reason among others.........
Answered By: Buttsmear - 8/31/2007
 
I like shock collars personally (especially for big, stubborn dogs that can be a danger to themselves outside). But shock collars are extraordinarily expensive and I wouldn't recommend them to just everybody. You really shouldn't be messing around with them unless you know what you're doing.
Answered By: Mario - 8/31/2007
 
I don't understand why so many people view the e-collar, chain choke and pinch collar as some sort of torture device... More
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Answered By: Ginbail - 8/31/2007
 
i did consider them when i thought about it proper i decided against .my dog is maybe a little spoilt if we have sunday lunch she has a bit etc if kids are naughty do they get electric shock treatment no they dont and so i woudnt wish this on my dog a simple smack and a firm no does the trick you get no where... More
Answered By: donna k - 8/31/2007
 
NEVER USE THEM! -the more it shocks the dog, the brain cells they loose -the more brain cells they loose, the shorter their life gets -the shorter their life gets, the sooner they DIE
Answered By: marisa s - 8/31/2007
 
The e-collars are not cruel if used correctly. The amount of correction on these collars can be adjusted to suit the amount of correction the dog needs and the correction is not painful, it is more like an annoyance... More
Answered By: Shepherdgirl - 9/1/2007
 
Yes... More
Answered By: peach - 9/1/2007
 
No, I think they're really cruel, not to mention expensive too! you can get a small plug-in device that lets off a high pitched squeal ( humans can't hear it), it takes about a couple of weeks, but the dog will eventually stop excessive barking! Think most of the big pet stores stock them.
Answered By: murphywingedspur - 9/4/2007
 
I used a shock collar on a Shetland Sheepdog (they are small if you didn't know) and it worked fine. She didn't die, scream in pain, or get shocked constantly. It helped keep her from barking, and oh btw, we did try it on ourselves, it felt like more of a quick static electricity shock than anything else, more to... More
Answered By: ncremer89 - 9/4/2007
 
sorry but i am totally................... AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLARS!!!!!!!
Answered By: smiley face - 9/6/2007
 
i bought a shock collar for my black lab/golden retriever against all my beliefs cause i was at wits end and i will swear to you it did not work. he still barks and drives me nuts. i cant stand to listen to anymore. i am considering a couple different options like debarking and dog trainer i don't know what his deal is... More
Answered By: jennifer s - 9/6/2007
 
i heard they are good for dogs..
Answered By: Glitzydiva18 - 9/7/2007
 
A lot of people wouldn't condone the use of Electric Collars however as a very last resort and only where the dog is a danger to others and/or itself i believe they can be useful... More
Answered By: HAGAKURE - 9/7/2007
 
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