The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward Based Training

Short Synopsis: Dogs trained using e-collars by e-collar professionals spent significantly more time tense, yawned more often and engaged in less environmental interaction than dogs trained by APDT members without e-collars. There was no difference in urinary corticosteroids between Groups. “Following training 92% of owners reported improvements in their dog’s referred behaviour, and there was no significant difference in reported efficacy across Groups. Owners of dogs trained using e-collars were less confident of applying the training approach demonstrated.”

Authors: Jonathan J. Cooper , Nina Cracknell, Jessica Hardiman, Hannah Wright, Daniel Mills

Publication: PLOS One

Publication Date: September 2014

Applies To: E-collar training

Sample Size: 63 dogs

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Link: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0102722

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