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We welcome ban on the use of electric shock collars

We are delighted the Government has listened to concerns and, in 2018, announced a ban on the use of hand held remote-controlled devices in England as secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act. However, there has been a disappointing delay in introducing this legislation and we urge the Government to do so as soon as possible.

It is both unnecessary and cruel to use these collars on dogs and we totally oppose it – they not only cause discomfort but can have a serious negative impact on their mental and physical wellbeing.

A dog can’t understand why they are being shocked and this can cause them immense distress, with many dogs exhibiting signs of anxiety and worsened behaviour as a result.

Positive methods, using rewards such as food, are effective and the kindest way to train your dog, so there is absolutely no need for owners to even consider the use of these devices.

Crucially, we urge the Government to introduce a ban on the sale of these devices as well as their use to ensure this legislation can be truly effective.