Electric Shock Collar

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The Kennel Club in calling upon the Government and Scottish Parliament to introduce an outright ban on this barbaric method of training dogs.

Electric shock training devices train a dog to respond out of fear of further punishment, rather than from a natural willingness to obey.  In order for the devices to serve effectively as a training tool, the dog has to perceive the shock as painful - moreover if the dog does not respond, the punishment has to escalate, creating further potential for abuse.

See how this device works through this YouTube clip of man with electric shock collar In this video clip (about half way through) you will see a man put a shock collar on himself to see if it hurts. This clip does not feature any electric shock training devices being used on animals. The person in the video has lent his support to the campaign after learning what the device does and has said he would never use one on his dog.

Read the Kennel Club's evidence paper (DOC) on electric shock collars.

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The Kennel Club's position

The Kennel Club is calling upon the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, and the Northern Ireland Assembly to introduce an outright ban on this barbaric method of training dogs. We are looking to build upon the success of the campaign in Wales, which due to heavy lobbying by the Kennel Club, saw the Assembly ban the use of electric shock collars across the whole of Wales as of 24th March 2010.

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