Dogs Trust

We welcome ban on the use of electric shock collars

We are delighted that the Government has announced a ban on the use of electronic shock collars. Scientific research has demonstrated that electronic devices which deliver an aversive stimulus have a negative impact on dog welfare, so this ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK.  

However, we are saddened that the Government hasn’t gone a step further to ban their sale, nor used this opportunity to ban the use of containment fences, to ensure that all UK dogs are protected from this outdated approach to training.

We have been campaigning on this issue for many years, and in February we released an animation to show the harmful effects of electric shock collars before hosting a special event for MPs to ask for their support.

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