Before we start, it should be made clear that this is not just another reactionary topical argument by a person/company who has no practical knowledge with the products showcased. In mid-2010, after five-years of being one of Australia’s top sellers of static correction collars, we made the decision to no more sell or support ‘shock collars’. We believe that we have made the right decision, according to various factors that individuals would like to share with you;

To start with, we believe that static correction collars are generally an extremely effective way of controlling an undesired behaviour in really stubborn dogs, any time used properly and with proper training. However, your ‘used properly and with proper training’ part is regretfully neglected as masters pursue a quick fix choice with little to no follow-up.

As well as in situations of correct usage and training, we are not confident that a static correction collar is the right selection in the majority of situations. To draw a similar, it’s like taking doctor prescribed migraine tablets to treat a small headache – it’s just not necessary, as well as wise, as a 1st line of defense. Shock collars are increasingly being utilized on dogs that just do not need them.

Personally, we’ve always recommended applying other methods of a static correction before using an interferance correction collar, however we now felt arrived to put our cash where our mouth area is and endure completely by individuals other forms of correction in place of Shock Collar.

As dog lovers above all else, our priority provides safe and gentle products to solve pet problems and offering shock collars has been the one area wherever we felt we could not 100% adhere to this self-imposed code.

Shock collars cause pain. There’s no dressing it up or passing it off as something different. To say it is exactly like the shocks we get from your carpet, car or perhaps a battery is downplaying it to a misleading degree. Whether they put out significantly less power than a household battery is irrelevant – the proof is in the use and the response. The pain may only serve you for a fraction of a second, and your dog might learn very quickly from that, but it’s still an incredibly unpleasant sensation. Occasionally it’s absolutely necessary when other options have failed, and also that’s fine. But too many are prescribing and/or making use of shock collars as the first and only alternative in addressing a behavioural problem. Advertising and marketing shock collars as the ‘best option’ is a dangerously misleading sales tactic, as it does not take into account the variables that make up what is a complex decision.

The particular effectiveness rating with regard to shock collars is actually advertised as from 95-99%, depending on who you inquire, and those figures are usually pretty accurate. However, what’s not stated is the fact that only 5% of all canines should even have to get to the stage where a jolt collar is absolutely required. Spray correction collars and vibration a static correction collars combined can easily and do decrease nuisance barking within the large majority of pet dogs, and without the distressing aspects of shock collars for dogs.

Some retailers actually tout that interferance shock collars possess the lowest rate of return. But exactly what does that have to do with you and your dog and, more importantly, your dog’s welfare? A minimal rate of go back is great for a business owner, because it means they retain their profit margin in the initial sale. We could sell 100 surprise collars to 100 dog owners and only acquire 1 return, because the products did his or her job in 98 of the cases. However out of those 99 cases, we can testify that only a little handful would absolutely have needed a shock collar to treat their particular problem.

In 2010, all of us performed a comprehensive study study into spray correction collars and the results showed that 81% regarding participants had results over the training period of time. Later in 2011, hopefully to perform a similar examine with vibration modification collars, so that we could back up the claims that we already know tend to be fairly accurate.

When the survey study is released in May well 2011, we will dispel most of the myths about spray collars, like the idea that certain dog breeds, ages or measurements are immune to their particular effects.

In a best world, shock training collars would only make up 5% of our overall business, because people would have employed other methods initial and trained his or her dog correctly with the products before turning to static correction products.

We’re not activists who are shouting and raving more than products that we have absolutely no real world experience with. Each of our position comes from expanded use and knowledge of shock collars through the years. And there is very little to achieve from dropping assistance of shock dog collars, because we are successfully turning away more than 60% of our existing organization.

Now, are we against static correction coaching as a whole? No. Working dogs and shopping dogs get great benefits from remote control interferance correction training, essential to the tasks that they perform in their day-to-day lifestyles. But these dogs make up only a small fraction involving Australia’s dog population, which can be primarily domestic pets. With regard to non-bark control related training of domestic pets, any spray or vibrations trainer will still do the job in most cases.

Also, static correction will be the only form of modification we would recommend for utilizing an invisible dog containment fence. Containing an escape musician dog goes through being a nuisance dilemma to a life-threatening problem, so a much stronger modification is required to train your pet to know its boundaries. However it should not be the only form of fencing, because we have witnessed first-hand several instances where a containment fence offers failed.

So, exactly where do we stand and what are our tips in the ongoing jolt collar debate?
To start with, we believe that interferance correction anti will bark collars should be offered to purchase by health professional prescribed only after consulting a practicing veterinarian or qualified as well as professional trainer containing no financial desire for the product through selling them directly or even by affiliation. Proof that all other strategies have been exhausted should be required before this type of prescription is issued.

As is also the case with firearms and other hunting/farming equipment, we believe a permit must be required to use an interferance correction remote control instructor for hunting, functioning and law enforcement puppies. And, in cases where resistant can be provided that additional methods have failed, with regard to domestic pets.

For containment reasons, we believe there should be no limits on static correction hidden fences, so long as traditional fencing provides either failed or possibly not an option on the location. Professional installment and introduction education should be mandatory.

This isn’t a position that will make us popular with suppliers as well as competitors, but it is an educated and researched selection nonetheless. If you love your canine friend and you’re prepared to spend some money to address a problem, rather than abandoning the animal as well as ignoring the behaviour, then we urge you to definitely make the socially liable decision to only attempt static shock products as an absolute previous line of defense.

We will continue to honour warranties and guarantees about static training items we have sold in days gone by, but we will not be offering new interferance correction products available for sale.
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