Why Ban Shock?

Scientific Studies & Referenced Papers

  1. Why Electric Shock is Not Behavior Modification Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2007) Editorial by Karen L. Overall, Philadelphia, PA
  2. The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparison to Reward Based Training Published: September 03, 2014 This study is from the University of Lincoln in the U.K.
  3. If Your’e Aggressive Your Dog Will be Too from the University of Pennsylvania
  4. A Call For Change of Equipment 
  5. The Use of Choke & Prong Collars


  1. Pet Owner Advocacy
  2. Ban Shock Collars
  3. The Pet Professional Guild
  4. Positively
  5. The DogSmith
  6. Fear-Free

 Individual Articles

  1. PPG Position Statement
  2. AVSAB Position Statement on Punishment
  3. Is it really just a tap?  Shock collar training explained  (Eileen Anderson)  Shock collar training video analysis  (Eileen Anderson)
  4. Shock collar training vs. force free video analysis  (Eileen Anderson)
  5. Training your dog with a shock collar: How will you decide?  (Eileen Anderson)
  6. Shock collars – the ugly truth (Valerie Barry)
  7. Electric collar training reviewed  (Connie Borwick)
  8. Top 5 reasons to use a shock collar on your dog  (Eric Brad)
  9. Vets on behavior proclaim, never use shock collar (Steve Dale)
  10. Research study on the effect of shock on dogs  (Dept. Animal Welfare & Behavior, Veterinary School of Hannover Germany)
  11. Shock talk:  Patricia McConnell weighs in on the shock and awe campaign of dog collar manufacturers  (Emily Douglas)
  12. A dog’s perspectives on shock collars speaks volumes  (Adrienne Janet Farricelli)
  13. To shock or not to shock – that is NOT the question (Deborah Flick)
  14. Expert dog trainer Robert Milner says heck no to shock collars  (Irwin Greenstein)
  15. Why are we still putting shock collars on dogs?  (Anna Jane Grossman)
  16. How humans and dogs can learn – and suffer – from the use of negative reinforcement  (Anna Jane Grossman)
  17. Fear and anger are shocking enough!(Debbie Jacobs)
  18. Why consider the use of shock collars carefully (Joyce Kesling)
  19. On shocking our dogs  (Trish King)
  20. Bark collars – just another “quick fix” (Jonathan P. Klein)
  21. Shock collars for dogs?  They don’t work, and here’s why  (Casey Lomonaco)
  22. Why shock collars do not work  (Casey Lomonaco)
  23. Electric collars that shock dogs into obedience are banned in Wales (Fiona Macrae)
  24. Goodbye Premier  (Elizabeth Mattei-Miller)
  25. Simply wrong  (Dr. Patricia McConnell)
  26. High court backs ban on shock collars in Wales (News Wales)
  27. Shock collars (Dr. Karen Overall)
  28. Considerations for shock and “training” collars (Dr. Karen Overall)
  29. Who should you trust to train your dog? (Tasneen Paghdiwala talks about shock trainer Ami Moore)
  30. Position statement on the use of shock in animal training  (Pet Professional Guild)
  31. Electric collars – no thanks  (Positive Police Dogs)
  32. Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects  (Matthijs B.H. Schilder & Joanne A.M. van der Borg)
  33. Remember invisible fences and remote training collars are electric (Smiley DogLost USA)
  34. To shock or not to shock: there is no question  (Jeannette Smith)
  35. Exploring the human-companion animal bond  (Jeannette Smith)
  36. Zap vs. tap – a rose is a rose is a rose  (Anne Springer)
  37. The problem with shock (Angelica Steinker)
  38. Training dogs with the help of shock collars: short and long term behavioral effects  (University of Utrecht)
  39. Are electronic shock collars painful or just annoying to dogs? (Dr. Sophia Yin)
  40. Shock or Awe (Pat Miller)