Myths About the Dog Shock Collar

There are so many myths and misconceptions about dog shock collars that a lot of people are hesitant to use them. Below are some of the most common myths about shock collars and how they have been dispelled.

Photo: SpotLight GPS/Flickr

Photo: SpotLight GPS/Flickr

As dog shock collars have become more affordable and available to the general population at online stores like, their use has increased dramatically.

Many dog owners have found that a shock collar is an effective tool for teaching their dog about obedience when more traditional methods have failed to provide lasting results.

When shock collars are used as a supplement to other training methods and when manufacturer’s instructions are followed completely, they can be a safe and effective way of controlling a wide variety of unacceptable behaviors in dogs.

While many people have discovered the benefits of using a shock collar for training purposes, much skepticism still exists about whether or not their use is safe and humane. Below are some of the most common myths about shock collars and how they have been dispelled.

Myth: Dog Shock Collars are Dangerous

Fact: When used properly, dog shock collars are considered safe. Most systems allow you to choose from multiple correction levels so that you can set it to the right amount of correction for your specific dog’s size, temperament, and needs. Studies show that the level of shock intensity that dogs receive from a shock collar is less than 6 volts.

That is less than the shock that you would receive from walking across your carpet with socks on. In fact, the training shock is only one-fourth the level of a cattle fence and a mere one-twentieth the level of a stun gun.

Myth: Dog Shock Collars are Inhumane

Fact: Dog shock collars are neither inhumane nor cruel. They provide dogs with greater safety, independence, and freedom than they would in other circumstances.

It is more humane to provide your dog with a mild correction then to risk the possibility of having him escape your home and risk getting hit by a car or encountering other dangerous situations.

Myth: Dog Shock Collars Make Dogs Become More Aggressive

Fact: A recent survey of 1,025 dog owners who used an invisible fence, bark collar, or shock collar on their dog has provided some helpful findings in dispelling this myth. The survey asked owners how they would describe their dog’s overall behavior since using electronic training equipment.

Over two-thirds of those surveyed indicated that their dog’s overall behavior improved since beginning treatments with electronic equipment. One of the primary reasons for improvement was because those dog owners where using the equipment correctly.

None of the owners surveyed stated that they purchased their equipment primarily to resolve issues with aggressive behavior and yet 12% stated that an added positive effect of using electronic equipment was that their dog no longer exhibited occasional aggressive behavior.

Not a single response indicated an increase in aggressive behavior as a result of using a shock collar or other electronic equipment.

Myth: Most Veterinarians Do Not Recommend Using a Dog Shock Collar

Fact: Nine out of ten veterinarians recommend the use of shock collars and other electronic equipment for behavior modification.

However, all veterinarians agree that equipment must be used properly and in accordance with a manufacturer’s guidelines in order for the equipment to be safe and effective. Equipment should be used in conjunction with other training methods for long lasting results.

For more information about dog shock collars and other electronic equipment for behavior modification in dogs, contact your veterinarian or a trusted merchant today.

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