Do Shock Collars Hurt a Dog?

Author: Perfect Paws Team   Date Posted: 17 May 2018 

Absolutely not. Shock collars are meant to distract a dog and not hurt a dog. However, we must admit that the very term “shock collar” is a stigmatized notion by its primitive years - when “shock” collars were first manufactured 30 years ago, they have caused many incidents that have compromised the safety of a dog and the trust of their owners. That’s the usual sacrifice of advanced human innovations, right? Oftentimes, we can’t get things perfect the first time…

Anyhow, decades have passed and technology has progressed. We now prefer a more gentle and non-stereotypical term such as a an e-collar (electric dog collar), bark control collar, remote training collar, or a dog containment system collar. These terms are much specific and correct since they do not “shock” a dog but control or deter your dog’s nuisance barking, help you train your dog to acquire the best behaviour possible, and ensure your dog’s safety from escaping, respectively.

There are so many myths about “shock collars” that have been debunked by our trustworthy innovators. Surprisingly... these myths mostly came from people who have never used an e-collar to their pets. Little to no knowledge is difficult, mate.

The Electrical Output of a “Shock Collar”

Now… You may be wondering how much electric “shock” your dog gets from an e-collar. Does it really hurt your dog? Can it possibly injure your dog?

Stop the worry… the electrical output of a “shock collar” is 0.01 amp - this is an output of less than 2% of an electric current amount that is capable of burning your dog’s skin (which requires at least 100 amp). So… NO. A “shock collar” does not, in any way, hurt your dog and cannot possibly injure your dog.

Safety Development

Since “shock collars” have gone through the test of time, certain advanced features have been developed for your benefit and your dog’s safety by reputable manufacturers. The most prominent features are the following:

  • Safety Shut-down Feature
    • This feature is commonly installed in bark collars and dog fence collars - this ensures that your dog will not get over-corrected once he reaches a maximum amount of barks that may signal danger, or if your dog gets stuck in the “correction zone” of your dog containment system. This usually automatically resets to a certain amount of time.
  • Automatic Multi-level Selection
    • This feature usually goes to all types of e-collars and you can manually modify this with remote trainers. This allows you to increase the static stimulation for effective behaviour training or bark control. Then it resets back to the lowest stimulation level (for bark collars once your dog stops his excessive barking).
    • NOTE: This does not increase the electric current (0.01 amp) that it administers to your dog. The electrical output is the same but the pulses increase in number per second, which strongly and effectively &eters your dog.
  • Dual-activation Sensors
    • Today’s e-collars ensure that your dog will not get zapped for the wrong reasons. The dual-activation sensor detects your dog’s bark sound AND the vibration through his vocal cords before it sends the correction or stimulation.
  • Waterproof and Sturdy Design
    • Since your dog wears an electric collar, it is really important that it can withstand the conditions of weather and the risks of water. Today’s e-collars are commonly made with polycarbonate to also ensure that it can catch-up with your dog’s rough and tumble kind of life.
  • Training Guide
    • Proper training is very important to ensure your dog’s safety while effectively teaching him the best behaviour possible. So if you decide to get your dog an e-collar, you ought to learn and follow the Traning Guide.
    • Quick Training & Care Tips:
      • Patience is a virtue. Really. Inorder to acquire positive results, you gotta be patient and loving to your dog.
      • Treats save a life - one of the best training techniques is giving treats such as food, toys or playtime, verbal praises, and pats.
      • Do not let your dog wear the e-collar for more than 12 hours.
      • Always inspect your dog’s neck for possible rashes.

 

So what does “Shock Collars” do?

First, you have to remember that “shock collars” are not made for punishment but only as a deterrent to negative and dangerous behaviours. We as pet-parents should do all that we can to discipline, well in this case, train our fur-kids. These e-collars are our best shot at having a better communication with our pets.

Remote Trainer Collars will help you train your dog on certain commands such as sit, come, stay, and heel. As well as correct unwanted behaviours such as jumping, digging, chasing, and nuisance barking. When you use a remote trainer with your dog, unlike bark control collars and dog fence collars, you always have to be present with your dog to impose the positive behaviours.

Bark Control Collars will help you control nuisance barking. Have you tried getting complaints from your neighbors or visits from the shire-people because your dog barks too much? Bark control collars will help you correct such nuisance barking behaviour. They come in many choices:

  • Electric/Static Bark Collars
  • Citronella Spray Bark Collars
  • Ultrasonic Bark Collars
  • Vibration Bark Collars

 

Dog Fence Collars will help you contain your dog in safety. A Dog Containment System will save you time, stress, and money from claiming your dog at the dog pound if he escapes… or worse, taking him to the vet due to some injuries caused by an escaping drama… and God forbid, not finding your dog and losing him forever.

A Dog Fence beats your traditional fence; it will prevent your dog from jumping over your fence - this will also save you money from building a higher fence. It will also stop your dog from digging beneath your fence and in your garden beds, and it will hold your dog back from messing around your pool area.

Now that you know that “shock collars” will not hurt your dog and that they should now be ultimately called as e-collars… Find the best e-collar for your unique dog below. We’ve compiled only the high quality e-collars from trustworthy manufacturers:

Paw-ing on you,

My Pets Perfect Paws Team


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