Where Does the Barbarity Lie?
Training collars, the prong or e-collar, are not barbaric, inhumane, or evil. When used responsibly, they are the gentlest form of communication between the handler and the dog. People that slap training collars on dogs and expect the tools to instantly change behavior through compulsion are doing it completely wrong. Training trains the dog, not the tool. The energy, and the intent behind the tool is what is most important. Just like any other dog training tool, the crate, the slip lead, etc, all can be used with nefarious intent. It is the trainer’s responsibility to ensure the tools are merely a means of communication, a tap on the shoulder, to regain focus on the task at hand. Conditioned obedience training using low pressure sensation to teach the dog how to turn it off is not evil, inhumane, or abusive. It’s a quiet, repetitive conversation, that over time, becomes engrained behavior. If a louder conversation is necessary due to unacceptable, dangerous behavior, I would rather my dog be clear on what is or isn’t acceptable in that split second, rather than risk his or another human or dog’s safety. Rules need clear believability. Ask yourself, what’s more inhumane, leaving your dog in a constant state of anxiety where he feels he has to react to anything and everything in his environment, or conditioning him to relax and chill out with tools that effectively communicate this?