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Q: Have you ever used a shock collar?

March 20, 2009 | By Denise T. | 13 answers | Expired: 1842 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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Heatherzopff
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Mar 29, 2009

my friend used one on her german shepherd. it worked great. he would bark at everything outside and then start to "attack" the other dogs. she used it for a few months and she said it was the best thing. you have to remember that dogs have a higher pain tolerance than people so it may hurt you if you try it, which i wouldnt, but to them it prob feels like a little sting.

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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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Sheryl J.
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Mar 20, 2009

Personally I would not use one Denise. I saw your update and I don't know exactly what changed your mind, but I would never buy a used one. If you absolutely had to I would but it brand new, make sure all the settings worked, and I would definetely test the settings and consult with a qualified trainer in it's use. You seem to be such a sweet lady and I think the only reason you would consider a shcok collar was to prevent and protect, but I think there are better methods. Good luck with a difficult decision.

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courtney s.
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Mar 20, 2009

its me again. i dont think it is cruel. some dogs are out of control and need one. but just dont get one that shocks really hard now that would be cruel.

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courtney s.
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Mar 20, 2009

some dogs neeed shock collars like if you have a big dog then you will need it, but if it is a small dog be carful some of them have small necks.my cousin has a dog she tottaly ignores the collar,she is as black lab, 16 seems like that is alittle bit to much we have one it goes to 6. i have shocked my self it feels like a tick. but i only did it on the first level i shock my moms friend who is a boy to the highest level he screemed. so what i am triing to say is be carful. you could also try a invisible electric fens.

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Cheryl
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Mar 20, 2009

DON'T do that to your dog. A family member of mine burned her dog's neck badly using one. I would never dream of sticking a shock collar on any of my dogs....would you put on yourself?

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Stacy H.
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Mar 20, 2009

It's me again. I don't think E collars are as cruel as people believe they are. I was really stressed out about using one on my dog so I put it on myself first. It came with ten different settings and I did not go above the setting I felt comfortable with. With that said I'm not sure you have exausted all your other options, there are so many. Squirt bottles, obedience traing, citranella collar. Good luck!

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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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Cooli0
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Mar 20, 2009

no i think its really cruel

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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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