Dogs Trust believes the use of electronic training devices is both irresponsible and ineffective. Every dog should be trained using kind, fair and reward-based methods. Under no circumstances do we condone the use of equipment or techniques that use punishment, pain or fear to train a dog. The Welsh Assembly brought in regulations in 2011 to make the use of these devices illegal in Wales; we are campaigning for the governments in Westminster and Scotland to follow this example.
Dogs Trust believes there is never a need for electronic training devices, prong, spray, citronella or noise collars to be used on any dog and these devices should be banned.
A call to ban electric shock collars for animals The British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Association are calling for a complete ban on the sale and use of electric pulse training collars. Electric shock collars deliver an electric shock either by a remote control or an automatic trigger, for example, a dog’s bark. Electric shock collars train dogs through a fear of further punishment, having received the shock when it does not perform what is asked of it, rather from a natural willingness to obey. Research studies have focused on the physiological effects on learning through the use of electric shock collars showing significant long term welfare consequences for a proportion of the dogs.