Tell PetSmart to Stop Selling Shock Collars
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Tell PetSmart to Stop Selling Shock Collars

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
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      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

PetSmart uses only positive reinforcement in their in-store training classes, citing that reward-based training is scientifically proven to be the most effective method, as well as being the most humane and fun way to train. "Learning should not be painful or harmful," says their website, "and many of the 'old school' training techniques were based on using pain or the fear of pain to get dogs to respond. Clearly this is not how we train at PetSmart."

Yet, just down the aisle, they sell a variety of electronic collars designed to shock your dog. 

In an open letter regarding shock collars, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall wrote "Shock is not training -- in the vast majority of cases, it meets the criteria for abuse." 

Victoria Stilwell, trainer from Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog, says "You train a dog to do something by giving it an electric shock? It is disgusting, it is perverse, it is abusive, and no wonder this dog's got problems."

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers says that electronic collars "can result in trauma to your dog" and should not be used, particularly by novice dog owners and trainers who are not properly instructed in the collars' use. Anyone can walk into PetSmart, buy a shock collar and put it on their dog or puppy straight from the box.

It's time for PetSmart's products to be consistent with their humane training policies. Ask PetSmart to take shock collars off the shelves.

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    • lesley turnbull COLONIAL BEACH, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      morons! I will put a shock collar on you. Then after about 10 min or so of punishment(!) then YOU can tell ME why they should be banned!

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    • Théodore Paré ST-HYACINTHE, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I find this disgusting. Those who thinks it's normal to educate a dog like that are pure imbeciles.

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    • Suzanna van der Voort MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS
      • about 3 years ago

      Training of dogs should ALWAYS be non-violent and the use of any device such as shock collars is abuse and torture, NO matter what! PetSmart should STOP immediately with the sell of these torture devices!

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    • Kathleen Georgevich CLIFTON, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      Try one on and see if you like it. Shock collars are barbaric.

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    • Lori Fricks CICERO, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      Shock collars are inhumane, and do not address the underlying issues for problem behavior. Instead, they inhibit the behavior. Thus, warning signals are trained out of the dog. The dog bites with "no warning". Several studies have shown that aversive/aggressive training methods cause aggression.

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