Are Shock Collars Dangerous?
For over 40 years now, there has been an ongoing debate concerning the potential danger of shock collars. For years, there have been members from PETA and animal rights groups contesting that shock collars are physically dangerous for your dog. That just isn't true.
First Hand Experience
According to Steven Lindsay, author of Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, "At low levels, the term shock is hardly fitting to describe the effects produced by electronic training collars, since there is virtually no effect beyond a pulsing tingling or tickling sensation on the surface of the skin." This is no exaggeration. Recently, I met with PetSafe representatives and tested their training collar first hand. I placed the prongs of the collar in my palm and felt the sensation as it was administered. It was extremely mild (even to the point of having to ask them to turn up the intensity). It seemed to me that these shock collars are nothing more than a way to grab your dog's attention.
Sensationalist television programs have helped to contribute to some of the public's negative associations.
Like Anything, Irresponsible Owners Are the Problem
Many claim that training a dog with a shock collar is dangerous and training can be done without its use. This argument is superfluous, though. Claims about danger and products being unnecessary can be made about almost anything.
Let's use cars for an example. The claim could be made that cars are dangerous. In fact, there are well over 30,000 traffic fatalities per year according to the United States Census Bureau. Also, the claim could be made that people could very easily use alternative forms of transportation, like riding a bike or walking. However, this argument doesn't exactly make sense.
Shock collars have been proven to be an effective and safe way to train a dog. There are a number of different products and methods that owners can use, all of which can be found here at Pet Street Mall.
By: Tim Snyder