Shock Collar Safety: Protecting Your Dog’s Neck

Shock Collar Safety: Protecting Your Dog’s Neck

Electric dog collars have revolutionized the way we address common dog problems such as nuisance barking, escaping, and unwanted behaviors. However, concerns have been raised about potential burns and sores caused by these “shock” collars. It’s essential to understand that the collars themselves do not burn the dog’s neck; instead, sores are commonly caused by bacterial infections resulting from intense rubbing and improper use of the collars.

To ensure the comfort and safety of our furry friends, it’s crucial to avoid these five improper ways of using electric dog collars:

1. Fitting the Electric Dog Collar Too Tight

One common mistake many dog owners make is fitting the collar too tight, which can lead to pressure sores. To avoid this issue, it’s important to allow the skin on your dog’s neck to breathe. Here are some tips for a proper fit:

  • Turn the collar off before fitting it to your dog to prevent accidental stimulation.
  • Avoid fitting the collar while your dog is sitting down, as the neck size may vary.
  • Let your dog stand comfortably and adjust the collar to be snug but not too tight.
  • Check the fit by placing one finger or thumb between the collar strap and your dog’s neck.
  • Allow your dog to wear the collar for a few minutes to get comfortable before testing or starting training.
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2. Avoid Attaching a Lead to the Electronic Dog Collar

Attaching a lead to the electronic dog collar can tighten it further, causing contact sores. To prevent this, it’s best to use a non-metallic collar for the lead or consider using a body leash or harness instead.

Get your dog a body leash or harness to work with the Electronic Dog Collar

3. Prioritize Regular Cleaning

Maintaining hygiene is crucial when using shock collars. Cleaning your dog’s neck and the collar daily helps prevent sores and ensures your dog’s skin remains healthy. Regular cleaning provides an opportunity to check for possible rashes caused by the collar. If rashes persist, consult a vet.

Always clean your dog's neck and the "Shock" Collar

4. Limit the Duration of Collar Use

Leaving the static collar on your dog all day can lead to pressure necrosis. To prevent this, it is recommended to avoid keeping the collar on for more than 12 hours a day. It’s also beneficial to remove the collar for a few minutes within this period, checking your dog’s neck and readjusting if necessary.

Don't keep the Static Collar on your dog for too long

5. Choose High-Quality Dog Electric Collars

Using low-quality electric collars from unverified manufacturers and sellers can pose risks to your dog’s comfort and safety. To ensure a reliable product, consider trusted brands such as Pet Barrier, DogWatch, PetSafe, SportDog, Educator, NUM’AXES, and BigLeash. Additionally, check if the electronic dog collar has been cleared and tested by the Australian Communication and Media Authority.

By following these guidelines and being mindful of your dog’s well-being, electric collars can be a safe and effective tool for reinforcing positive behaviors. Remember, the key to a pleasant relationship with your dog lies in responsible usage and proper care.

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If you have any questions or require further assistance, feel free to visit Karen’s Kollars or reach out to us at 1 300 THE DOG (1800 632 382). Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more valuable information and updates.

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