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Industry Experts Have This To Say…

James O’Heare, professional Animal Behavior Consultant, states, “Choke chains, prong collars and other devices like it are intended to cause pain or discomfort. They operate on the principle of making the dog experience pain when they perform some unacceptable behavior.

Bestselling author and dog behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, puts it like this: “These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the  degree that they hurt.  With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.

Juarbe-Diaz, DVM, DACVB, CAAB, “Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ — I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy. Mistakes are inherent in any type of learning — if I continually frighten or hurt my students when they get something wrong, eventually they will be afraid to try anything new and will not want to learn from me any longer. 

Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that sits just below the larynx and in front of the Trachea.  These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”

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