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Dr. Dobias on Shock, Prong, and Choke Collars

“No one really knows when the use of collars started. Perhaps it was the way the cave people restrained their wild dogs from running away.  However, the first reference to dog collars comes from Ancient Egypt.

The reason why I am so weary of collars is that when dogs pull they can cause a lot of damage. The neck and cervical spine are one of the most important “energy channels” in the body. It contains the spinal cord for supply to the whole body, is where the front leg nerves originate from and it is the energy channel where the nerves controlling the internal organ function pass through. The thyroid gland that regulates the whole body metabolism is also located in the neck.”

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Chain, choke dog collar.

Tools and Methods to Avoid

I heard this from veterinary behaviorist, Patrick Melese, DVM, MA, DACVB:

To use shock as an effective dog training method you will need:
A thorough understanding of canine behavior.
A thorough understanding of learning theory.
Impeccable timing.
And if you have those three things, you don’t need a shock collar.
–Author unknown

Leah Roberts has collected an extensive reference list from a variety of sources of tools or methods to avoid:

shock collars,

invisible fences,

choke collars,

prong collars,

outdated methods,

alpha theory, and

the dominance myth.

Don’t Choke Under Pressure

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