Positive Dog Training Kinder, More Effective Than Abusive Methods

Victoria Stilwell calls electronic shock collars abusive.

“If I, say, put a shock collar on a child, people would look at me with horror,” says the host of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.” “But dogs feel pain just as we do and have the same emotions we do. I think it’s equally as abusive to use shock collars on dogs.”

There’s been renewed interest in these collars — which give dogs an electronic jolt remotely — following an appearance by actress Eva Mendes on “Late Night with David Letterman” March 21. On the show, Mendes said, “All he (her Belgian Malinois) wants to do is to prove his love to me. I’d feel terrible if he hurt a little thing (such as a squirrel), so I use a shock collar on him.” She added that people “yell” at her for using the collar, so she tested it on herself. After trying the collar on her arm, Mendes conceded that the shock was more than merely a tingle. Still, she defended the practice.

Stilwell doesn’t agree, calling the use of shock collars “lazy training.” She added that there’s a good reason why Mendes didn’t try to wear the collar around her own neck.

“Try wearing one around your own neck, and not knowing when that shock is going to come,” she says. “The effect would be enough to drive you crazy, literally. You can change the electrical energy in the brain. Some dogs’ brains get fried because again and again these awful contraptions are used,” Stilwell added…  [MORE]

Victoria Stilwell Positive Dog Trainer

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