England is in the process of banning all dog collars that either shock or spray a chemical when activated.
For us pet lovers, almost nothing makes us happier than getting a puppy or a dog. What many people who are new to the dog game don't realize is how much work goes into a new pup, especially if they haven't been trained yet. Getting them house trained and used to you and their new home can be a long and tricky process.
If you have the time and the patience to do so though, you will be rewarded for it. That might involve taking your new pup to some training or behavior classes, but that's the price you have to pay. Unfortunately, some dog owners believe in using more extreme methods in order to get their good boys (and girls) to behave by using shock collars.
It's exactly what it sounds like, a collar that administers an electric shock whenever the dog barks or misbehaves, depending on the setup. Thankfully in the United Kingdom, at least, shock collars are about to become a thing of the past. Their use has been outlawed in Wales since 2010 and environmental secretary Michael Gove revealed this week that England will now follow suit, along with Scotland too it seems.
The Independent reported that the ban has actually come as a surprise to many since Gove previously told the Royal Veterinary College that there wasn't enough evidence to support a ban on shock collars. A survey carried out by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals indicated that around 5% of UK dog owners still use shock collars. A lot of pet owners will be affected by the ban.
While the laws regarding shock collars are about to dramatically change in the UK, there are no real regulations on their use in the US. The FDA has deemed them "hazardous to the health of the animal," but that doesn't mean dog owners aren't allowed to use them. Hopefully, England following in Wales's footsteps will result in Scotland joining in on the ban too. Eventually, it will make its way across the Atlantic also.