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Q: Have you ever used a shock collar?

March 20, 2009 | By Denise T. | 13 answers | Expired: 2091 days ago

Denise T.

With all the activity going on now outside, Buddy is barking at anything that moves. When I take him for a walk, he barks and pulls toward moving cars, dogs etc. Buddy is by no means a mean dog but his bark sounds like he is. If he did run up to a dog or owner, the most he'd want to do is lick them to death but they don't know that! I am going this afternoon to look at a shock collar someone is selling on craigslist. It is the SportHunterâ„¢ 800 (SD-800). It has 16 levels to set it on. I am not pro this sort of thing but I am at a loss on what to do to break him of this behavior. I have even had his trainer come to our house to show me how to deal with it but I am so afraid that one of these days he is going to break loose and get hit by a car.

From what I've heard the lowest level is like a tickle, I would never put it on a level that is cruel and inhumane.

UPDATE: I did not buy the collar but I DID try it on myself and it was hardly anything at the lowest 3 levels and I could feel something at the 4th level which is the highest I would go. The only way these are cruel and inhumane in my opinion is if you used it excessively at a high level and if the directions are not followed to the tee. Also, I agree that all other options should be exhausted first, that is why I was considering it.

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Lynn C.
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Mar 20, 2009

I have been there Denise, so I understand. DO NOT USE A SHOCK COLLAR. That will only stress Buddy out more. I was lucky enough to find a great trainer that showed me how to redirect the energy. You said that you are afraid that he will get loose. You need to get his attention to you. You need to teach him to sit, stay and come to you no matter what is distracting him. If your trainer can not help you to do this, find a new trainer. Tell me what you have been doing and I will try and help if I can.

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SuzzieQ
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Mar 21, 2009

Yes, I have used shock collars. The ones we have can be either sound or shock. Ours also have ten different levels. Once your dog gets used to it, they will know enough not to behave badly and you won't have to use the shock.

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Stacie R.
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Mar 20, 2009

Also if you are going to try a collar please try a citronella bark collar. They are much more humane than a shock collar.

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