Pros of Shock Collars
1. Fast and Easy Results
Most dog owners that use the shock collars report that they are efficient tools to eradicate bad behavior. Most of the time, you only need to use the shock feature a few times for your dog to understand that a certain behavior is undesired. After that, the vibration and beeping feature is enough to uphold the results. If your dog is very responsive and easily trained, the beeping and vibrating feature in itself is enough. The shock collars are a quick fix that has lasting results. Obviously the more stubborn your dog is, the more time it will take, but overall the use of the shock collar speeds up the training process greatly.
2. You Can Adjust the Intensity
Most dog shock collars on the market allow you to adjust the level of shock you can administer, and include a vibration and beeping mode, as mentioned before. This fact is comforting to many people who are thinking about purchasing a collar but are hesitant. The various features available can be just as effective as the shock. Being able to adjust the intensity of the shock is also comforting, as you are able to give your dog what you think is a suitable level that will not seriously harm him.
3. You Can Use It Remotely
Dog shock collars are made to be remote devices, coming with a remote control that allows you to administer the shocks from afar. This fact may already be a given for you, but it doesn’t end there. You can use the collar even when you are away from your dog, as you can set up set up wires that trigger the shock for boundary training or even get a collar that can sense when your dog is barking loudly. It’s not recommended to leave your dog by himself for long periods of time, regardless of if you have a shock collar or not.
4. It Can Help With a Variety of Problems
Dog shock collars aren’t limited to one specific type of training, it can be used to train your dog in many ways. The collars aid you with potty training, boundary training, bark training, bite training, and so much more. The possibilities are endless for what you can train your dog to do or stop with the collar.
5. It’s Inexpensive
Shock collars are inexpensive when compared to other methods of training, such as getting expert help, attending obedience or training classes, or even setting up a fence. Overall, the shock collar is the cheap alternative to those options that will get the job done. The price of the collars varies depending on the features that come with each one. The price can range from anywhere between $20 to $200 dollars. It’s up to you to decide which price range is best for you, while taking into account quality. Most collars are good quality at a cheap price.
Cons of Shock Collars
1. The Shock Itself
What stops many dog owners from purchasing a shock collar is the shock itself. Many owners can’t bring themselves to bring harm to their dog in any way, even if it’s a little and even if you can control the intensity. Many would rather use other mediums of training that’s more of a positive reinforcement like praise and rewards, rather than negative feedback like the shock.
2. The Possibility of Over Correcting Your Dog
If you aren’t present when shocks are administered or if you utilize the shock too much, there is a possibility that you may over correct your dog’s behavior. If you are using a remote process that delivers shocks while you are away based on triggers, the shocks might be triggered even when it’s uncalled for or unnecessary. This can lead to the collar “correcting” issues that never even existed in the first place or was never an issue. This can even cause other problems to arise, like your dog being too alert or nervous.
3. It Brings About Fear in Your Dog
Depending on the nature of your dog, the shock collar may spark fear or even anxiety in your dog. This can be detrimental to the training process and your dog’s overall mood. Training any animal with fear is never effective and can bring about more problems or worsen the preexisting problem. Not all dogs will respond to the shock with fear or anxiety, but you are taking the risk of that being a possibility for your dog. You should know your dog enough to know whether that will be the case or not, but even then, your dog’s response can still be a surprise to you. There’s no way of being 100% sure on how your dog will react.
4. Doesn’t Give Your Dog Any Positive Rewards
Using a shock collar excludes the use of positive rewards to reinforce positive behavior. These rewards vary from being verbal praise, your dog’s favorite treat, or even just plain affection. Instead, the shock collars discourages negative behavior, without any rewards. Overall, dog shock collars dissuades bad behavior, but doesn’t reinforce good behavior. However, this con can easily be overcome by simultaneously using positive reinforcement alongside the shock collar training.
At the end of the day, shock collars are mechanical devices, meaning that they can malfunction. It may not be common, but it is possible. A malfunction in a shock collar can be very injurious to your dog. This is where the quality of the collar you buy will be important.
Now that you’ve explored the pros and cons of the dog shock collars, you can make an informed decision on whether the collar is right for you and your dog. If the answer is yes, hopefully the results it brings about will be as successful as the experience of others. If the answer is no, I hope that you find a method that is as effective and efficient as the collar.