England has banned using remote electric shock collars on dogs starting from February 2024. Why do I find this sad if shock collars aren’t tools I use or advocate? And why is the term “shock collar” offensive to some who use them? I’m covering both questions, why many people will be upset with me about my thoughts on the e-collar ban and alternate solutions for people and dogs.
In the episode you'll hear:
•The pros and cons of England’s ban on e-collars.
•Why the term “shock collar” triggers some dog trainers.
•The three groups of people who use shock collars and why.
•Why shocking dogs for ‘bad’ behaviors is not a solution.
•That one of the biggest pet store chains in North America stopped selling e-Collars.
•That banning one punishment device could make an even worse one popular.
•How the way we choose to train dogs relates to the stories we tell ourselves.
•The ways people try to manage their dog’s behavior and justifications for e-Collar use.
•My curiosity as to why some elite dog sports competitors are still using shock collars.
•How the positive reinforcement dog training community can advocate through education.
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