Aug. 10, 2021 3:08 pm ET
Relating to Mark Naida’s “I’m Disciplining My Canine, Not Torturing Her” (op-ed, Aug. 3): No canine ought to be punished for pure behaviors like struggling separation nervousness and attempting to speak misery. Think about how you’d really feel in case you obtained a shock to the throat each time you waved at your neighbor or picked up your telephone. Or in case you have been saved in a cage all day however shortly strangled by sharp items of metallic for being enthusiastic and excited to get out.
Shock collars typically trigger nervousness and displaced aggression, in addition to critical accidents starting from burns to cardiac fibrillation. They’re so merciless that they’ve been banned in many countries throughout Europe. Choke and prong collars can injure a canine’s trachea and esophagus and injury pores and skin. Canine are stoic; simply because they don’t yelp doesn’t imply they aren’t feeling ache.
Locking up canine like prisoners in their very own properties (aka “crating”) could cause separation nervousness, despair, hyperactivity, fearfulness and different issues—whereas prolonging and complicating housetraining.
As animal behaviorist Karen Total explains within the Journal of Veterinary Conduct, “Such instruments ‘work’ by engendering worry, ache, and mistrust, and in doing in order that they trigger long-term injury.” Constructive coaching strategies, which reward canine for desired habits, are humane and efficient.
The dangerous habits right here isn’t the canine’s. If treating a canine with persistence and understanding is an inconvenience, get a stuffed animal and go away canine alone.