Veterinary Association says electronic collars 'bad idea'

THE Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) says electronic collars are a bad idea for barking dogs and are likely to make behaviour problems worse.

AVA spokesperson Dr Katrina Ward, president of AVA's behaviour group, said while their dog's behavioural problems could be concerning, owners should never resort to electronic collars.

"These collars may be referred to as e collars, shock or static collars, and owners may be advised to use them as a quick fix to barking problems.

"But make no mistake - these collars inflict pain, can cause friction sores and inflammation around the neck and will lead to more fearful, anxious and aggressive behaviour.

"It can also lead to learned helplessness as the dog shuts down all behaviours in order to avoid the shock. In some cases, incorrect fitting can result in punishing the dog when it's not barking."



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