I posted this on the main board but wanted to post here as well...
Has anyone used one of these before??? Did they work for the behaviors you were trying to acheive in your pet??? What do you think of them?? What are the pros and cons??
I know there is alot to be said about shock collars and I am sure some people have very opiniated views about them so I just wanted to get some un biased information.
I hate them personally btu I couldn't imagine inflicting pain on my pet, I just don't spank them at all.
I believe they work if you use them correctly. You also don't have to have it on a high voltage. Just enough to get their attention usually will do. I also think it depends on what behavior you are trying to correct, that is very important.
Have you considered clicker training, it is very effective and positive reinforcement.
Does clicker training really work? I got the book and kit for my cats but never actually dove in and tried it out.
We have a shock collar for our 146 lb dog. We've had it for him since he was about 6 or so months old. The one we have had a tone button with it. You are supposed to press the tone first and then if the behavior doesn't correct, you should shock them. Charlie is almost 3 and we have hardly ever had to shock him. And if we did ever have to shock him, it was very low. And we used it when we would take him walk. We tone the collar and he comes back. Now we don't even use the collar. But it did work. But like I said, we used the tone button more than anything.
Ya, clicker training does work. And it works very well if you have an animal who is food oriented. I've never tried it on cats, that might be a challenge, but I bet you could get some good limited results.
I used a shock collar on my Jack Russell terrier. She would bark and bark and bark at any dog or human she saw on walks. It was HORRIBLE.
I put it on the LOWEST setting it had, she started barking and got one shock.
Now, I keep it off but sometimes put it on her as a reminder. It worked. One shock. No more barking--ever!