Shock collars for dogs—what are they and how do they work?

Some Types Of Shock Collars For Your Dogs:

Consider using a dog training collar, such as a shock collar, to teach your dog. This information is for you (also known as a vibration collar, static collar, pager collar, tingle collar, tickle collar, E collar, recall collar, electric collar, positive reinforcement collar, stimulation collar, remote “training” collar, prong collar, or choke chain, among other euphemisms).

The Proper Use Of Dog Shock Collar:

You might be thinking that how to use a dog shock collar. Shock collars have many other names since the idea of electrocuting your dog isn’t exactly a moneymaker for the pet supply industry. Dog bark collars, e-collars, electric collar training, puppy shock collars, and many more names have emerged for the same primary product. Any device or mechanism that sends an electric current through your dog’s neck or torso is a shock collar.

We need to be on the same page and be aware of the marketing monikers employed by for-profit businesses. Be wary; many companies will attempt to sell you a product that harms your dog and your relationship more than reasonably.

You’d want to have a well-behaved dog without resorting to bribery. A dog that pays attention to you while you have a deep emotional connection with it. Relationships are conversations, not monologues. All animals should be treated respectfully since they have a right to be heard, preferences, autonomy, and emotions. All successful partnerships have these essential characteristics.

Your bond with your dog is no different. Like all sentient animals, your dog seeks liberty, affection, and contentment. There is no pain. The real difficulty is teaching your dog to respect your authority and seek your guidance rather than reacting fearfully or violently whenever it encounters something it doesn’t understand. We’ll get to all that and more in a minute, but first, let’s discuss using an electronic collar (E-collar, remote collar, shock collar, or bark collar).

Dog Shock Collar and Bark Control: How to Use Them:

First, you should know that laws do not govern dog training and behavior. Those specializing in canine behavior and exercise aren’t required to have formal education or experience. True terror.

You should know that no legitimate dog trainer or behaviorist would ever propose or use a choke chain, prong collar, or shock collar. Because no good certifying body or organization would ever endorse the use of punitive devices and because they are cruel.

Many old, misguided “trainers” will tell you that your dog has to be dominated to understand who the alpha is. But the reverse is true. Instead of punishing your dog or depending on a shock collar, an E collar, or a dog bark collar, all meant to cause pain, practice positive reinforcement dog training using food incentives and desensitization and counterconditioning (D/CC).

When teaching a dog, should I use an electric collar? Because I obtain such quick improvements when a dog stays with me for my dog training boot camp, this is a typical question I hear from pet owners. Dog owners in Los Angeles aren’t any more impatient than other people or any different than any other dog owners; they want their dogs to behave. We do too! Because of this, we don’t use shock collars on our pets.

Do Shock Collars Actually ‘Work?

Shock collars can worsen dog training and behavior issues because canine conduct is seldom devoid of the accompanying emotional charge. Shock collars, choke chains, and other forms of animal punishment don’t teach anything useful to a dog, cat, or any other animal. Without considering the repercussions, trainers often use aversive in the hopes that it would eliminate the underlying issue behavior (barking, lunging, dog aggressiveness, puppy biting, leash tugging, separation anxiety, etc.). This has psychological, behavioral, and physical repercussions. I’ll go into further detail about this in the paragraphs that follow.

Before deciding whether or not a shock collar is effective, it is essential to examine the goals of the training. In terms of training, what exactly do you want to accomplish? The most pressing concern is whether or not stunning a dog causes further activity, behavior, and emotional difficulties. What other does this acute pain influence physical and behavioral processes if a parent desires the end of the behavior and so shocks a dog when it does something “wrong”? Scaring a dog and utilizing other forms of the punishment increases the animal’s tension, dread, and anxiety (FAS). Maladaptive behaviors, coping strategies, and a weakened immune system are all outward manifestations of the toxic circumstances and mental states of fear, worry, and stress that all creatures experience.

Methods of Training using a Shock Collar for Dogs:

Suppose your dog lunges at other dogs when you’re walking him on a leash. In that case, you probably want to train him to stop doing that (but the problem behavior could be counter-surfing, jumping on the bed, dog running, bolting or running away, not responding you, etc., or any type of behavior you want your dog to stop doing). Every time a dog lunges at another dog, a puzzled trainer would shout, “Buzz the dog” (shock). Let’s look closely to find out what’s going on and why this terrible advice fails to function and may even have the opposite impact on people’s behavior.

For what reason did the dog first attempt to lunge at anyone?

– The first step in assisting with a behavior issue is to examine each behavior’s ABCs (Antecedent, Conduct, and Consequences). In this field of Applied Behavior Analysis, this is referred to as a Functional Assessment.

Why the dog was lunging at first is a mystery. Was your dog overexcited, too near to the other dog, afraid, overwhelmed, and demonstrating fear, aggression, or dominance when he lunged at him?

The point is if you shock a dog when it lunges (or performs any lousy behavior), it will correlate the shock with whatever it was looking at or experiencing at the very time it received the punishment.

Therefore, if your dog was lunging for a friend or loved one before the shock, the person will forever be connected in your dog’s mind with the agony and terror they just felt. Likewise, if your dog has a negative experience with a person or group of people, they may react violently the next time they meet you or someone else.

How To Use It When Your Dog Is Not Normal Or Frightened: 

If, however, your dog was frightened and trying to create distance from the stimulus, or if it was an aggressive lunge, and your dog was shocked for lunging, it would justify your dog in thinking that the inspiration (the other dog or person) is scary, and would likely become even more fearful or aggressive the next time it lunged. The main issue with punishment is that it doesn’t consider the dog’s perspective, quality of life, well-being, or emotional consequences, all of which may impact the dog’s future behavior.

When your dog was stunned, what was he seeing or feeling? Since we are not dogs, we can never know for sure. When you looked away, did your dog glance at a baby, a cat, a tree, a guy, a woman, a bird, or you? When did you notice that your dog was sniffing anything strange? How did your dog react to the noises it was hearing? When they jolted your dog, what did they feel from the floor, the furniture, or other nearby surfaces? When did this shock occur, and what was the weather like? All these things can make your dog more reactive and aggressive towards these triggers/stimuli and increase their fear, worry, and stress levels. To generalize about dogs in this way is problematic.

The delivery of an eclectic shock (aversive/pain) to a dog is related to whatever the DOG associates it with and is detecting (looking at, smelling, hearing, feeling, etc.) at the moment of the pain, rather than what we want them to identify the pain with. This is critical knowledge, yet the two realities couldn’t be more unlike.

This is because, as you can see, your dog’s original fear or hostility is amplified, generated, or justified in these typical scenarios, even if your dog was lunging for an entirely different reason. Of course, this simplifies a much more complicated behavioral process and training challenge, but it does show why a shock collar is not the way to go if you want a well-trained, healthy, and obedient dog.

How Effective Is Shock Collar Training For Dogs?

A shock collar is considered to have “worked” if its electrical vibration successfully modifies or eliminates the dog’s behavior. If this doesn’t happen, the treatment is abusive rather than a punishment. For a shock collar to be an effective punishment, all three of the following circumstances must be true simultaneously. You may remember the three requirements for vibration or E-collar to successfully halt a dog’s behavior with the simple acronym PIE:

Pain – (Or punisher) (Or punisher) The punishment (shock/vibration) must be unpleasant enough to deter or diminish the dog’s bad conduct without being fatal. This step is impossible to complete on its own, as it is impossible to know what another person or dog is experiencing in terms of pain or the “correct” level at which electrical current should be delivered (even if we wear the shock collar ourselves, it would feel entirely different to another individual).

If the trainer applies too much electricity or pain, the dog dies; if they use too little, the dog becomes used to and desensitizes to the shock/vibration, and the trainer must continue increasing the shock/pain to maintain the desired effect.

How To Deal With Instantaneous – Canines:

Instantaneous – Canines learn by association. Delivery of the shock or punishment contingent upon a stimulus or conduct must be quick (under one second) and dependent upon the dog’s behavior or encouragement, or else the dog will not identify the pain or shock with the conduct or stimulus but instead with anything in the environment (a baby, tree, grass, wind, man, YOU, etc.,)

So if you can’t punish or shock your dog immediately during (not after) the problem behavior, for example, while you fumble for the remote control to scare the dog, reach into your pocket, look at your phone, read this blog post, go to work, the bathroom, bed, etc., the dog won’t associate the behavior with the pain.

From a training standpoint, this is worse since the dog will now know that there is no consistent reward for the activity. Unfortunately, the bad habit becomes more entrenched and complicated to eradicate due to the inconsistency in teaching and the impossibility of the job at hand.

What Will Happen If You Continue to Apply Electric Shocks to Your Dog:

Always; you can’t just hit your dog for anything once and expect it to learn its lesson. Shocks will only work to lessen or eliminate troublesome behavior if a dog is punished (or encouraged, depending on your dog’s perspective and the frequency of their behavior diminishing or rising depending upon the stimuli) every time he does it.

If the aversive is too weak or has no effect, the stimulus may worsen the problem behavior or encourage your dog to keep trying since he knows it sometimes works. Shocks are not an effective deterrent if they are not painful.

Once again, whether or not your dog’s behavior improves in response to a stimulus and how the dog responds to the stimuli decides whether or not the inspiration is a reinforcement or a punishment. Recovery from punishment is another important event. “When the punishment condition for a past penalized answer is removed, the response rate returns to its level before they introduced the punishment contingency,” as described by the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. This reinforces the undesirable behavior rather than discouraging it, which is the exact opposite of what you were going for.

Finally, it’s crucial to know what a Conditioned Punisher is and how it functions. Any aversive device (shock collar, choke chain, pinch/prong collar, leash popping, etc.) shown to a dog in isolation quickly loses its potency, becoming a Conditioned Punisher. In other words, the punisher (shock collar) will lose its efficacy on the dog’s behavior when you are not accessible to hit the button on the remote every time.

Choke chains, prong collars, bark collars, citronella collars, etc., are all examples of punitive dog training equipment. A reputable behaviorist or trainer would only propose using them if all three PIE requirements were satisfied. All forms of pain-inflicting dog training equipment are considered to be punitive. And they all function in the same manner, in that a dog’s learning process and the underlying learning principles are the same regardless of the tool used to teach it.

Point To Remember:

Remember that the three PIE requirements mentioned above must be satisfied to teach a dog “successfully” using a shock collar. No one here disputes that all three conditions can’t be met simultaneously. Not even a qualified dog behaviorist and trainer like myself can guarantee the perfect performance of these measures every time a bad behavior occurs. Impossible.

Guidelines for Using a Shock Device:

People who are not thinking say that shocking a dog only has to be done once. In theory, sure, but with practice, as we saw in PIE, it isn’t. So unless this is the case, the only reason a dog would need to wear a shock collar again is for a single, concise session. A dog wouldn’t bother wearing a shock collar again if it weren’t for the one time they used it to apply electricity.

It’s also not true that a dog has to be punished just once for lousy behavior to end. That reduces the complexity of punishment and training too much. Regardless of the intent, punishment is not punishment if it does not cause a decrease in the dog’s frequency or rate of reaction. Therefore, if a parent continues to employ the shock collar, it is abuse, not the termination of behavior.

The more pressing question is what follows the termination of a behavior. There is a vacuum now, and you must train your dog to fill it. Ironically, you had used high-value dog treats from the start. In that case, you may have prevented any adverse emotional, medical, or behavioral outcomes and avoided injuring and endangering the dog.

A customer may suggest utilizing a shock collar after the dog begins counter-surfing. But, no, that’s still not the case.

All PIE requirements must be met simultaneously for any conduct to be acceptable. No adaptations to the learning rules are necessary for the behavior to be effective.

Also, the issue here is that counter-surfing takes place even while you’re not there. So when you’re not around, the dog practices counter-surfing. Many other patterns also fit this description, such as when your cat or dog doesn’t jump up on the bed or sofa during the day but starts doing so as soon as you leave for work. Get a dog camera webcam if this is the first time you have seen this behavior. What your dog gets into when you’re away from home will make you laugh out loud.

Impact on a Dog’s Emotions from Shock Collar Training:

Please consider the emotional, behavioral, and psychological consequences before using a collar for training your dog, such as a shock collar, prong collar, or choke chain.

Both stress and instruments intended to cause pain and suffering are known to be lethal. Dogs are often hurt or killed when cutting tools are used. The effects of stress on a dog’s behavior, emotions, and psychology extend to its interaction with its human caregivers. The majority of my work as a dog trainer in Los Angeles consists of fixing the mistakes and messes left behind by misguided conventional or balanced trainers.

Relationship building is essential to being a parent, dog trainer, or teacher. Both of which are founded on honesty and trust. When someone makes you do anything against your will, it causes you tension, anxiety, or bodily pain. They have broken your trust and destroyed your ability to love them. Whether platonic or romantic, relationships need to be about lifting one other up, not putting each other down. Bullying is the exact opposite of what you need when it comes to your connection with your dogs.

If you want to have a look on yourself, it’s not that hard to do. For how long has it been since someone had to pretend to be great friends with someone else because of bullying or coercion? Indeed, the same rule applies to how we treat our canine companions.

An influential person does not lead by coercion or intimidation. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, “Force invariably attracts persons of poor moral character.” The ability to feel and show empathy is a source of strength and bravery. The use of force stems from a primal need to alleviate anxiety.

Considering how to best instruct, assist, and connect with dogs might be helpful to consider this human comparison.

For Example:

Here are two examples that may serve as firsthand experiences of this. Which one is simpler and more intuitive?

Treating someone we have no affection towards with kindness, sympathy, and love.


Having a negative opinion about someone we don’t get along with and treating them poorly or even with hatred.

It’s far simpler to be kind to someone we like than to someone we dislike. However, love, understanding, kindness, and compassion for creatures we don’t like are considerably more complex and demand more guts than hate, force, and bullying.

Think about someone you might be more compassionate, kind, and caring towards. Who is more likely to be mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally healthy: someone who is suffering greatly and shows this by prejudiced or abusive words, thoughts, or actions, or someone who is healthy in all these respects?

Dog Health and Behavior Symptoms Caused by Stress:

Most of us would agree that stress is fatal. You may look at your own life or the mountain of scientific research supporting this assertion. High blood pressure, hair loss, depression, neurological damage, psychological damage, cancer, heart attacks, emotional damage, and every other life-threatening condition are all caused by or exacerbated by stress.

It’s a relief to know that it can quantify stress levels. When we are under stress, our bodies produce more of the hormone cortisol, and the limbic system controls and monitors how much pressure we are under. So when you’re under a lot of mental or physical stress, your adrenal gland releases a surge of cortisol. All of the aforementioned medical problems and innumerable behavioral symptoms emerge when this happens.

Let’s go on to the next level now. Without getting too anthropomorphic, a dog’s level of intelligence is comparable to that of a kid aged two to three. In addition, the stress hormone cortisol rises when owners employ harsh methods to teach or walk their dogs, such as shock collars, choke chains, pinch collars, kicking, poking, punching, alpha role, force, dominating, smacking, or yelling. The good news is that all the stress’s unfavorable outcomes are preventable.

The use of electronic collars, as well as another punishing, unpleasant, and aggressive techniques of dog training, poses a wide variety of risks. Furthermore, punishment exacerbates the CFR, and other behavioral issues typically appear with more severe repercussions and more intense occurrences than they would if the conditioned emotional response (CER), notably the conditioned fear response (CFR), was addressed.

The dog’s equilibrium will be further disrupted by punishment, and it will do little to alleviate the underlying anxiety and emotion the dog is experiencing.

Anxiety, tension, and behavioral issues arise when dogs are subjected to punishment, shock collars, choke chains, and prong collars. Thus, the use of punishment or a vibration collar, if the goal is to have a well-trained dog that listens to its owner, will have the opposite effect.

When it comes to teaching dogs, using extreme methods:

Using harsh techniques of dog training, such as physical punishment or fear, instills fear in the dog and may have serious negative consequences. These techniques have the potential to cause the death of another person or animal. Every living thing has a natural aversion to the unpleasant emotion of dread, and dogs are no exception.

The Use Of Shock Collars Has Risks:

Collars that shock or apply painful pressure to the dog’s neck can, it cannot be denied, teach a dog to perform certain behaviors (to avoid a sad consequence) in a relatively short amount of time, all while avoiding the appearance of violence, in the hands of an experienced trainer who is an even-tempered person with superior skills at observing body language and good timing. However, I and the great majority of “positive only” trainers find this training objectionable for various reasons, and I share this sentiment with many others. The following list contains many instances.

Some canines may be severely traumatized by painful training techniques. While some dogs may develop pain-avoidance behaviors, others lose trust in humans and the desire for companionship due to their experiences.

When they are shocked several times, do dogs become more aggressive as a result?

Some dogs become more aggressive when they are hurt. There’s no specific method to know which dogs will exhibit this behavior, although the chances increase for nervous canines and those with heightened survival instincts. From their point of view, this represents straightforward self-defense. Suppose the dog’s hostility is practical (from the dog’s perspective) in ending the training session. In that case, the trainer will fail, and the trainer will feel obligated to intensify the suffering until the dog “submits” Sadly, if the dog’s aggression becomes severe. The trainer will likely inform the owner that the dog is dangerous and defective. The dog will probably be put to sleep (euthanized) due to the behavior introduced due to the training method.

While the trainer could have exceptional timing, observation abilities, and some judgment, few owners do. When your canine is sent home with his new shock collar and the remote control is now in the hands of his much-less experienced owner, it will inevitably activate the collar at inappropriate times: when the dog tries to do the wanted behavior but the owner doesn’t remember his dog as such after the dog had stopped doing the disturbing behavior, but the owner’s timing was delayed when the owner is mad at the dog for perceived misbehavior, and so on. The dog’s “training” and relationship with his owner will deteriorate as the dog loses sight of what behaviors lead to the cessation of pain and what do not.

It would be more appropriate for someone to play with a stuffed or electronic toy dog than a sentient feeling being of another species if someone were to introduce a button that, when pressed, causes discomfort to increase compliance from that other living being.

Again, I avoid bringing up training techniques that we would never advocate. Still, I wonder if inexperienced dog owners are often warned about the possible dangers of using quick-fix equipment like shock collars. And when a canine owner with an unruly dog views the “before and after” films, many eagerly sign on without being told of the potential for backlash. They likely weren’t informed up front that the dog’s seeming placidity and obedience are controlled by a remote control they would need to master if they wanted such behaviors to persist. Were they posed with the question of whether or not they want to keep torturing their pets forever? Alternatively, their pets have come to link them with suffering.

Dog-Friendly Training:

Dog-friendly training, positive-reinforcement-based training, fear-free training, call it what you will; the training we describe in WDJ is to foster communication and cooperation from our dogs, not just to impose our will on them by physical force. But, of course, building a solid basis for communication and collaboration with other beings requires some time to do so on the level of mutual understanding. However, the canine and humans find the time spent together learning about one another worthwhile and entertaining. In that case, the link between them will remain strong even if communication breaks down sometimes. If you want to dog know about visit the website Dog Doggie

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