Shock collars are meant to reduce or eliminate unwanted behaviors in dogs, such as barking, jumping up on people or keeping them in the yard. Shock collars apply a brief electric shock to the dog's neck through two blunt electrodes that make contact with the skin. Some dog owners can control the shock with a remote and others emit a shock when the unwanted behavior occurs such as barking or crossing the invisible fence barrier.
I am a mom to 3 two legged children and 4 four legged children so discipline is an every day occurrence in our household. Our dogs get into the trash can, jump up on us when we come home and yes they do bark at the neighbor dogs. Our children are older now but when they were younger and would misbehave we gave time outs, grounded them from TV and yes gave them an occasional swat on the butt. So is shocking a dog when they bark the same as spanking a child when they misbehave?
We often compare our two and four legged kids so is there a difference? I don't hit my dogs but we do have a shock collar for our dog Daisy (to prevent barking). We can't tell our dogs why barking or jumping up on people isn't wanted and taking a toy away from them won't teach them the proper behavior like it would with a child. I LOVE LOVE our dog Daisy so buying a shock collar to keep the peace with the neighbor and discourage her from barking was a tough decision, but when all else failed it was our last option.
We also have tried a citronella spray collar that omitted a pheromone when she barked, spray bottles with water are kept in our backyard and come with us when we visit our family at their lake house. Daisy gets in a "zone" and no amount of yelling, spraying or discipline will get her to stop her unwanted behavior besides the e collar.
We meet all kinds of pet parents in this line of work and they all LOVE LOVE their fur kids as much as we do. Some use shock collars to prevent bad behaviors while others choose to use other forms of training. Of course one must take into account the dog's personality too.
If you have a perfect angel that never barks, never jumps up on people and won't go near a trash can with goodies in it then using a shock collar may seem harsh. If on the other hand your dog is Marley's identical twin (from the movie Marley & Me) you may see the use of an e collar a necessity.
What are your thoughts on this subject?