Not always good to hear it - but it's good for the conscious mind.
Since Vets Agree
that keeping a dog permanently on a lead is cruel, and science tells us that it leads to frustration and aggression, responsibility must involve effective training that allows all dogs to safely experience the freedoms they need.
There are many dog trainers
who will tell you that the strong predatory instincts of dogs with a history of chasing, can be changed or safely controlled when off-lead through only using ‘positive’ methods – such as rewarding the dogs with treats and toys.
It's a sad fact
that there is no academic evidence to support this view. It is naïve. And these dog trainers make a living out of this ineffective training.
Facts Not Feelings
There is however a great deal of academic and visible ‘real world’ evidence showing that when used responsibly, quality electronic collars are hugely effective at teaching off-lead dogs to respond instantly, safely and reliably around very high distractions.
Used responsibly, they can be used to teach dogs to associate approaching an innocent prey animal for example sheep and wildlife, with a startling and unpleasant (yet harmless) consequence. The training process is so effective, that the dog will choose not to chase or attack that animal when it is off the lead – even if it has escaped. This enables you to comply with the law to keep your dog under control. So we encourage you to look at the evidence – and if you have used electronic collars we urge you to complete the survey below, contact your MP and join us in having your voice heard.
Jamie Penrith – ARDO
Our Survey Data Shows
Only 2 respondents heard about ETA via their vet, suggesting that such professionals have little direct experience of working with the problem behaviours concerned and almost no experience of working with electronic training aids.
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