It seems the greatest concern with remote collar training
is the fear that it is either harmful or painful to the
dog. Where I'm sure there is occasional discomfort evoked
by the collar, my overall impression is that it is not only
less painful than other traditional methods of training,
but much safer.
The choke chain can, and has caused a variety of health
problems that I have seen repeatedly in my practice. Tugging
or snapping back on a choke chain can cause injury to the
neck and trachea. This, of course, is exacerbated when the
chain with prongs is used. If a choke chain is left on,
even for brief amount of time, a dog can get hung-up on
it and suffocate. Also, I have had to surgically remove
more than one chain that had imbedded into the dog's flesh
to the point that the neck tissue actually grew around the
chain. This, of course, is only in cases of obvious neglect.
By using the remote collar, one can redirect or correct
their dog and get an immediate response. I have found that
if the dog is confused or unsure of what he should be doing,
he will more likely vocalize when responding to the collar.
The same dog, however, when not confused, will show no reaction
at all at that same level.
Additionally, I know of no study that shows the collar
to be medically dangerous, including in cases of epilepsy.
In fact, I am personally aware of am epileptic dog that
uses the remote collar with no problems or side effects.
To suggest that remote collar training is cruel is ridiculous.
In fact, I believe quite the opposite. A choke chain can
be not only physically and emotionally challenging for the
owner to manage, but is clearly difficult and often confusing
for the dog as well. The remote collar is a quick and stress-free
method of getting a dog to quickly learn what is expected
of him. In my opinion, this is what all dogs ultimately
need, and once accomplished, they tend to be much more relaxed
Kathryn Allen, DVM
Indian Bend Animal Hospital
3923 East Thunderbird Road, Suite 123
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
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