“The use of Prong Collars and Shock Collars for our animal companions is inhumane and should be considered a crime if used or sold. Quebec has now banned them from use. Please make these collars illegal in our Province as well.
“PETA: The use of choke or Prong collars has been associated with whiplash, fainting, spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis, crushing of the trachea with partial or complete asphyxiation, crushing and/or fracture of the bones in the larynx, dislocated neck bones, bruising of the esophagus, bruising and damage to the skin and tissues in the neck, brain damage and prolapsed eyes caused by sharp increases in pressure in the head, and other injuries.”
I have never used prong collars, but I have used shock collars to train my dogs. My yard is not fenced in and training them with these collars has taught them to stay in my yard and not run into the road. Once they learned their boundaries all I had to do was put the collar on and I have never really had to shock them again unless they have chased something like a squirrel. I support the ban of prong collars but not shock collars because they have kept my dogs safe… its just like using an invisible fence.
A good dog proof fence is very expensive and I have three dogs that tangle each other up on a long lead we have tried it. I have not had to shock my dogs since their initial training with the collars. The collar is set up so when they do something they’re not supposed to, you get send them a tone and then if they continue to have bad behavior you shock them….but I have not had to shock them for quite sometime because they respond to the beeping noise now. I understand that this may not work or be suitable for all dogs, but when my dogs see these collars they literally jump for joy because they mean that it is time to go outside and play.
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