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MYTH #1 – “When All Else Fails, The Best Solution To Stop Dog Barking Is Using a Shock Collar.”
FACT: A shock collar is a small electrical box that can be attached to a dog’s neck. It has metal electrodes facing inwards, that touch the dog’s skin. When the dog barks, the dog is then “corrected” by being shocked with electricity! These things are powerful! I’ve tested one on myself, on the lowest setting, and it literally brought me to tears. Imagine how a dog feels. It’s just sad, cruel, and it breaks my heart that these devices are even still being sold.
Not only do shock collars inflict pain and cause a great amount of stress for a dog… but they also DON’T WORK on a large percentage of dogs. Why? Because these dogs either bark through the pain or simply become frustrated and remain silent (but psychologically damaged). It’s just sad all around.
It’s amazing how many dog owners think that if they are forceful enough with their dog, yell at them more, or even resort to hitting them or using shock collars that they will finally learn to behave. Training a dog with the use of pain is not only flat out cruel, it’s just not effective in the long run. There are so many more effective (and humane!) methods that I’d love to show you… then you can bin this piece of equipment!
Do you really think a dog that’s treated this way will WANT to behave? Do you think it will respect you?
How do you think they will feel when they see you? Instead of looking at you as their master, they will simply fear you. There is no love in this dog training approach. In fact, it’s not training at all! Besides, who wants a dog that is terrified of them?
With what I’m about to show you, you won’t have to resort to yelling or hitting your dog, or even using those downright cruel training devices that use shock therapy.
There are easier and more loving ways to train your dog than resorting to animal cruelty:
Step 1: Learn that you can use “positive reinforcement” (reward system) instead of a punishment system. Not only does this get better results, but it makes the dog eager to work with you as well as highly attentive. Punishments not only make the dog afraid of you, but often confuse the dog, as many times, they do not even understand what they have done wrong!
Step 2: Understand that dogs do want a “pack leader” but this means respect, not terror. The real trick to training a dog properly has nothing to do with shouting or violence. It has everything to do with gaining your dogs TRUST so they CHOOSE to obey you.
Step 3: Check out the amazing results (video) of this dog training system. With the right training methods, dogs that were totally unruly become focused and calm. Problem behaviors such as chewing, barking, going crazy when the doorbell rings, aggression and more, can be corrected surprisingly quickly. Watch the video demonstration here.
Let’s get the word out about cruel shock collars. Share this post with your friends and other dog owners and maybe we can make a difference… 🙂