Are Anti-Bark Dog Collars Really Humane?

Do you know a dog that barks excessively?

Sure, we all do. There is one in EVERY dog park and in EVERY neighborhood. Yap yap yap. They never seem to stop yapping.

My dog Cocoa for example, is usually a quiet dog. However, when a man with a hat or someone on a skateboard approaches, he will go on a barking marathon, even threaten and growl the person.

Annoying? Heck yes. Does it serve a purpose? Not sure.

What are they conveying? Are they trying to warn the person/animal against encroaching on their space? Are they trying to get attention?

As long as dogs have been barking, people have been trying to control when and where they bark.

A really POPULAR method of controlling excessive dog barking: shock collars.

The collar gives the dog a “jolt” of electric shock when the dog barks.

But you have to wonder… is this humane?

There are hundreds of THOUSANDS of people claiming that they are safe and that they promote good behavior. The Humane Society, on the other hand, disagrees:

Your dog also may associate the painful shock with people or other experiences, leading to fearful or aggressive behavior.

To give you a perspective on how much “shock” these collars really generate, here are some PEOPLE trying out the shock collars.

(Warning: These may be disturbing/shocking. But remember, the videos show what kind of damage it can do to a dog wearing the collar)

This video shows different levels of shock that the collar can produce:

From the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like the shock collar isn’t humane at all.

What do you think?

Is it humane? Should we as a society ban these?

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