Before we get started, let's take a quick look at what dog shock collars are and how they work for training dogs.
I use classical and operant conditioning in training, going out with food, toys, Premack principle, privileges, but one of my dogs has a genetically intense hunting drive and it developed into a very dangerous escape behavior to go after squirrels, birds, deer, feral cats — leaping out windows, off boats, swimming way out to sea in December. If someone could have measured her stress levels when she saw a squirrel but was prevented from going to get it, it would have been off the chart! Our stress level was intense together, because it was dangerous to ever let her off leash, yet in so many other ways she is very highly skilled and fun to train (as long as she doesn’t take off like a rocket). I used a shock collar to teach her danger, and she did fantastic. She wasn’t damaged (or run over or drowned) and it was really a lot less painful for her when she decided for herself that blasting off to chase whatever wasn’t as much fun as she thought.
And it’s fine to argue with a scientific study regarding what it is really proving or failing to prove. Of course applying shock collar — probably like a prong collar or a choke collar or even a crate — is going to raise stress levels in dogs. We really need to compare the levels of stress found here and compare it to the levels of stress found in dogs entering a show ring or a training class or a crate or going to a party to have any idea of the scale of stress and how the scale of a shock collar compares to the stress of anything else.
Myth #2: "You Cannot Train A Hunting Dog Without A Shock Collar"
Shock Collars Simply Aren’t The Answer For Every Dog
Although the term "shock collar" has fallen out of public favor in recent years, behavior modification systems for pet and working dogs are often still used as part of a larger training regimen. These collars deliver short bursts of electrostatic energy to discourage bad behavior — not to injure the animal. Many of these training devices use other means to deliver negative reinforcement, such as vibrations or sonic cues. There are three main types of shock collars to address different kinds of behaviors.Construction and design are important considerations when choosing a dog training system. Some shock collars are completely waterproof for outdoor use. Others are intended for short-range, indoor use. Some collars are designed to fit larger dog breeds; others are suited for smaller pets. In this section of our ratings, we consider product elements such as comfort, durability, and responsiveness.Boundary collars shock or vibrate when the dog is close to the set boundary lines. These collars are meant to keep the dog on the premises of a property without a visible fence.During our research, we observed many additional features that were unique to each of our top shock collar contenders. For example, some training systems use supplemental corrective methods in addition to electrostatic shock. Others make it possible for owners to train two dogs at the same time, which could definitely be useful for owners of multiple pets. Whenever possible, we note these additional features and explain their usefulness in more detail.