Are Dog-Training Collars cruel?

What are Dog Training Collars?Dog Training Collar

Dog Training Collars are, introduced to keep the dog in control whenever he encounters provocation and other actions that result him in harming himself or others. Without collars, putting a dog on the leash is nearly impossible. He also needs a collar to hold the Vaccination report, ID and license wherever her goes. Apart from this, today, collars are also, used to punish the dog instantly through choke chain, shock, sound and Sprays. In order to understand which collar is good for your dog and which is harmful, you must first understand all types of collar used in controlling dogs. Choosing the right collar for your dog requires high research and observation of your dog’s attitude as well as personality by understanding the cruel dog-training collars and safe ones. There are many types of colours today, some are
a. Regular collar

i. Flat: Buckle and strap;
ii. Head: one strap fits behind the dog’s ears like a horse’s halter and the other behind his muzzle;
iii. Martingale: for narrow-headed dogs;
If your dog lives with you, it is inevitable to avoid using collars on him, regardless of your training efficiency and tactics. If you are rebutting this notion already in your head, with an argument that your dog is, well-trained and needs no collar, then you should re-examine your views by taking him out in the public road without a collar or leash.

b. Special-use collars
i. Bark Control
1. Ultrasonic: Creates painful sound that solely your dog can hear; Pain is real for the dog even if you can’t hear it. The other problem with these collars is that you don’t know if it is working properly.
2. Spray: Citronella is sprayed when the dog barks, which the dog really dislikes; When you are not home it is hard to monitor what your dog does. Of all these 3 collars this is the only ‘ acceptable ‘ one.
3. Shock:shock collars

strikes an electrical shock when the dog barks; As a training tool this is not recommended by us. There are better and more dog friendly training tools around
ii. Vibrating: sudden vibrations to direct your dog’s attention towards you;
iii. Flea Collar: Disposable chemically treated collar that keeps the ticks and fleas away from your dog;
iv. GPS Collar: Gps collar for dogs

Global Positioning Satellite technology to determine the location of your dog; This is not a training collar but is very handy if your dog is an escape artist.
v. Elizabethan Collar: cone like collar that prevents the dog from turning the head toward the back of his body to lick or bite himself; These are mainly use after having a surgical procedure at your vet.
c. Aversive collars
i. Shock Collar: signalling dog through electrical shocks controlled by a remote;
ii. Choke Chain: tightens around the neck of your dog to instantly pause him in whatever he does by choking him;
iii. Pinch/ Prong: fang-like prongs which has blunt ends that tends to pinch the neck of your dog when control loop is operated;
Pros and Cons of Dog Training using collars
As you have noticed above, various collars can help or harm your dog. The usage of the harmful collars is as controversial as the utilisation of the regular ones as both irritate your dog. If you have a terribly aggressive, dog that is impossible to be trained, it is advisable to utilise Shock collar, choke chain or citronella sprays for a short training period.
1. Shock collars are capable of inflaming the neck of your dog;
2. Leaving the shock collar on your dogs neck for longer periods will disturb his mental and physical health;
3. Regular use of prongs will injure the neck of your dog;
4. Improper use can cause irreparable mental and physical damage to your dog;
5. Aversive collars can cause high levels of stress in dogs
6. Never use the bark control collars when there are other dogs in the vicinity;
7. Prolonged Punishment is a strict wrong with any collar other than the regular ones;
8. If the flea collar is not replaced regularly, there are chances of your dog developing multiple allergies
1. With GPS collar, your dog will never be lost if they don’t lose their collar
2. With Elizabethan collar, you can effectively stop your dog from licking his wounds or biting it;
3. Vibrating collars are the best device to train a deaf dog;
4. Collars can stop your dog from jumping in front of a vehicle or into fatalities instantly;
5. Collars can train the job to properly understand favourable and unfavourable behaviour;
6. Reduces aggressiveness in dogs;
7. Creates instant response in dogs;
8. Gives peace at night, sans incessant barking to you and your neighbours;
If you choose to extend the use of these items deliberately without any plan for your puppy training, adverse reactions can degrade your dog’s health and well-being. A citronella spray can cause allergies in your dog while prongs can injure your dog’s neck. You must always have a healthy communication with your dog to understand his level of pain and its threshold to keep him healthy, safe and happy!