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Position Statement on Shock Collars


It is the position of New Rattitude, Inc., that the use of electronic stimulation (i.e. "shock") devices to control, train and/or modify the behavior of pet animals is potentially damaging to the animal and is not necessary for effective behavior modification or training. For the purposes of this statement, electronic stimulation devices include products referred to as: static collars, shock collars, e-collars*, training collars, stimulation collars, e-touch, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit collars, remote trainers, no bark collars, and invisible fence collars.

New Rattitude believes that the use of electronic stimulation devices are an impediment to dog rehabilitation and training, based on abundant evidence indicating that these devices add stress, discomfort, and/or pain to the animal; slow or impede the training process; can result in both short-term and long-term psychological damage to animals; and can actually directly contribute to escalation of unwanted behavior.

It is the position of New Rattitude that all training should be conducted in a manner in which to encourage animals to enjoy training and become more confident and well-adjusted pets.

*In this context, an "e-collar" refers to an electronic collar, not to be confused with a so-called Elizabethan collar or "'cone" to prevent the dog from reaching injuries or surgical sites, which is also sometimes referred to as an e-collar.

References:

Pet Professional Guild
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
American Animal Hospital Association
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Applied Animal Behavior Science
Companion Animal Psychology
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Australian Veterinary Association
Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB
Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Victoria Stilwell, VSPDT, APDT, IAABC - #1
Victoria Stilwell, VSPDT, APDT, IAABC - #2