Shocking Pet Owners Use Shock Collars For Dogs

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Shocking Pet Owners Use Shock Collars For Dogs

by Andy Maingam

Most people have pets because they are animal lovers and relish in the idea of knowing that they can care for their favorite mammal, fish, reptile, or amphibian. Some folks have pets because it's what the kids wanted (now that's another story), others for company, and some for protection, namely guard dogs, but these too are often much loved members of the family despite their official role.

The most common family pets are probably as follows: dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, mice, gerbils & hamsters. However, it is the purpose of this article to highlight my thoughts and opinions on what seems like a steady decline in care for our canines and in particular the training methods applied using shock collars for dogs.

Most, but not all, pets are cherished and loved by their owners, and none more so than the hound. But in a society of rush and tear, just how may of you have the time for your beloved canine that previous generations had?

I know there are a log of dogs in my immediate neighborhood, but it's not so common to see them being walked and exercised, not compared to a generation or two ago, where the streets were alive with dogs and their walkers, especially in the mornings and early evenings. Another thing that concerns me is the amount of whacking I see both adults and kiddies dishing out to their animals in the streets. It's usually because the poor little mutts dare to stop for a sniff along the way, when all the walker wants is to get the pesky pet walk over with.

Does this seeming lack of affection mean are we becoming just careless or unfeeling towards animals as a society? I mean, where's the line between discipline and cruelty, firm handling and punishment?

When I discovered the growing popularity of shock collars for dogs, I have to be honest and say if upset me greatly. I think it's just a method that uses negative reinforcement to train an animal, and it seems like a bone idle and uncaring technique of training a dog. Anyone who takes on the responsibility of owning a dog should spend quality time with the animal and use interactive training methods, and not by zapping one of those darn shock collars for dogs every time your roaming rover does something you disapprove of.

It doesn't stop at shock collars for dogs either. Oh, no, we have shock collars for cats too. What's next, shock collars for unruly kids? The manufacturers and retailers of these gadgets advertise them as the most effective way to stop your dogs from barking (Umm! Dogs are supposed to bark!), in addition to assisting you, the owner, in the training and the behavior modification of your pet.

If we are so passionate about the continued development of our automated push button society, why don't we simply have Robot canines? These mechanical look-alikes could just sleep in the corner without any commitment from us. It would probably lessen the burden of the RSPCA too.

Andy Maingam is a proficient writer and webmaster of PickingPets dot com where he has articles on Dogs and Science Diet dog food. He also has other ?pet? related to pieces on the site.

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