Sharing a comment left on one of the pet sites I/we belong to…
Putting a shock collar on a dog is THE MOST OFFENSIVE, NASTY, HORRIBLE thing you can do to your ‘best friend’, or, as I think of my dogs, your child. I am ashamed to say, that in trying to make my second marriage work, I let my ex put shock collars on my dogs to keep them off the sofa and loveseat. It will haunt me for the rest of my life.
My older dog, Joey, is very intellegent. The first shock from the collar and he knew……..stay away from the living room furniture. My younger Lab mix is not exceptionally smart…….has a HUGE heart and is loving and loyal, happy and exuberant, and is the most compassionate dog I have ever had. She did not understand the shock collar. She freeked out. Cut her head on the glass coffee table and learned only after SEVERAL shocks that the furniture was off limits.
Today, the sofa is THEIRS. I get the recliner……because the sofa is always ‘full’ of my ‘sofa loafers’. The ex went the way of the garbage… OUT ON THE STREET, where he belongs. Shortly after I kicked the ‘dog hater’ to the curb, my son tested the shock collar on his arm………………….needless to say, he was suprised to find out that it’s not just a ‘little zap’……..IT HURTS………ALOT!!! If you EVER think that this device is not a painful, torturing, frightening training device you are wrong…………don’t ever do it. Your conscious wil come back to haunt you.
And I don’t feel much different about locking your dog in a cage either. These creatures are your best friends. Is this how you would want to be treated?? Perhaps it is time to watch the origianl Planet of the Apes, again?!?
So what if your house or yard isn’t perfect? So what if your dog barks a bit. So what if you have to clean up some messes and do a few repairs. That is what parenting is all about. And in general, they will actually be better if you don’t cofine them and shock them, but instead smother them with love!!
These ideas and methods like shock collars, crate training, etc etc were created by people, who probably shouldn’t have pets, for their own convenience or ease or because they live in areas not friendly to pets and animals. How would you like to be shocked when you tried to speak out of turn or express yourself or have to sit in a tiny cage all without being able to relieve yourself… so someone who supposedly loves you has it easier or doesn’t need to clean up a mess?? Think about it, isn’t being home all day alone, especially in an apartment or condo punishment enough?? And, a little mess is good for the soul!!
Just because it is done… or someone calling themselves an expert says it is okay… doesn’t make it so!!!