There’s a quote I’m getting really sick of seeing by a “dog trainer” called Larry Krohn.
“The e collar is a cell phone. The prong collar is a steering wheel. The clicker is a big freakin’ party. Call your dog and steer him to the big freakin’ party.”
The problem with this quote is that it is 100% pure misinformation.
The shock collar (let’s call it what it is) is cell phone that delivers a painful shock when you don’t answer it.
The prong collar is a steering wheel that jabs your hands with metal prongs when you make a wrong turn.
The clicker is a signal that a big freakin’ party is about to happen.
And the the person who thinks that the first two are fun for the dog is delusional.
Shock collars hurt. Prong collars hurt. That’s how they work, that’s what they are designed to do. If someone who knows this, who knows the fallout that can result from the use of these tools, decides to use them on their dog, then I do not really have an objection. They do not align with my morals, but if they align with yours, then okay.
But I find that this is almost never the case.
It seems that the vast majority of pet owners who use these products are not aware that they cause pain to the dog. They are under the impression that they don’t hurt, it just gets the dog’s attention, or that these collars are even fun for the dog. Which, as you can see (if you have clicked the last three links,) is simply not the case. And that is my problem with the whole thing: people are being misinformed. People are being sold, by the manufacturers of these tools and by trainers who use them, the idea that these are fun, magical pixie dust collars that dogs love to wear and that don’t work by causing pain.
I think that a lot of pet owners, if they knew the actual affects of these collars, if they knew that, yes, they do actually hurt, would not use them. They are using them because they have been misinformed, and are under some sunshine-and-rainbows false impression of these tools. And that is sad to me, because I believe that people deserve to be informed, and hate that they are being lied to.
I do not wish for the shock/prong collar trainers to go out of business. I wish for them to start informing their clients that the methods they use are, in fact, painful to the dog, and make sure their clients are aware of the fallout that can result from their use, so that their clients are able to make an informed decision.
Of course, this would require them to be informed themselves, which many are not.
I hope for a future of informed decisions and responsible consumers.