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New Research Into The Use Of Electric Shock Collars Welcomed By The KC

New Research Into The Use Of Electric Shock Collars Welcomed By The KC


The Kennel Club has welcomed the findings of a recent study carried out by the Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Group at the University of Lincoln, which assessed the efficacy of dog training with and without remote electronic collars compared to training with positive reinforcement.

The findings from the study, Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, refute the suggestion that training with an electronic shock collar is either more efficient or results in less disobedience, even in the hands of experienced trainers, than positive reinforcement.

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Holly Conway, Head of Public Affairs at the Kennel Club, said: “These findings provide evidence that dogs can be more effectively trained without the use of electronic collars and therefore there is no place for them in dog training today.

“The Kennel Club, along with veterinarian bodies and other welfare organisations, has long campaigned for a ban on electric shock collars and this study proves that positive reward training is all that dogs need. The findings are clear and should be reviewed by the government immediately to stop the unnecessary suffering of dogs.”

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  1. john wilson

    This is just a copy of The Kennel Club press release which is rubbish. The so called new research stems from observation of videos from a seriously flawed study carried out in 2010 and published in 2014. The videos were not made for the purpose of this study and there were major differences in the conditions for the group of dogs trained using an e-collar and those using reward based training. It proves nothing except the lack of objectivity of the researchers. Modern Electronic Remote Training Collars are effective and humane. The study referred to by KC used just 63 dogs. This survey of hundreds of e-collar users with actual real life experience shows over 92% found they were effective and over 99% reported NO NEGATIVE EFFECTS.

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