Dog Training Shock Collars
The use of dog training shock collars is becoming much too wide spread. People often turn to such a solution when they do know of any alternate means to resolve particular training issues, or when they assume that this method will be the quick and easy one. Dog training shock collars have the ability to produce very negative effects on an animal and can be a dangerous tool in the hands of anyone who uses them, especially those persons who are completely inexperienced with their use or with dog training in general.
Dog training shock collars are ones that are affixed with a small pack, which delivers an actual shock when the animal performs an undesired behavior. Some of these collars are designed to stop a dog from barking and will deliver the shock automatically each time the animal barks. Others administer the shock via a hand held device that the trainer uses only when particular bad behaviors have occurred.
The logic behind dog training shock collars is that if a shock or correction is administered immediately upon the unwanted behavior being displayed, then the animal will link the correction to that particular behavior and eventually will discontinue the it. The problem is that the method does not properly take into account how a dog thinks. The shock correction will give the dog a negative perception of whatever it is he is focusing on at that time. His focus however, could be very different from what we assume it to be, or from what we are correcting him for.
For example, the dog we are attempting to train may have performed an incorrect action because he was distracted from his original task and instead was focusing on a child or animal walking in his direction. Administering a correction at this time is not necessarily going to tell him that his action was wrong, but instead may equate to him that his interest in the child or animal was wrong. As a result and with repeated cases, this may cause your dog to fear children, other animals, people, or places. Whatever it is he was focused on now holds some degree of negativity, and that sense of negativity could result in fear, aggression, submission, anxiety, or any other number of emotions and related actions.
Improper and misguided training techniques such as the use of a dog training shock collar can and will have a direct impact on other areas of training, socializing and everyday events throughout your dogís life. What once might have been a fun afternoon at the park may now be an afternoon of fear and anxiety for your dog if this particular location has become negatively associated with the corrections he received from a shock collar.
If you long to have a happy, well-adjusted, socialized, and properly behaved canine companion, then heed this advice and stay away from training methods that do no more than inflict pain and fear into an animal. Understand and recognize that there are no quick and easy short cuts when it comes to training your dog. Your most effective and friendly option is through positive reinforcement training in which you teach your dog in the terms that he is capable of comprehending. Donít torture your dog for doing something that displeases you, take the time to teach him properly and reward him for his successes.
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