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Local MSP Clare Haughey has met with campaigners to explore the negative impact of electric shock collars on dog welfare and to urge action on the issue. 

Electric shock collars deliver an electric shock to a dog’s neck via a remote control, up to a radius of two miles – meaning a dog not within sight of its owner could still receive the stimulus – and for up to 11 seconds at a time.

The Kennel Club has long-campaigned for a ban on these devices in Scotland, alongside the Scottish SPCA.

Wide-ranging evidence has demonstrated the detrimental effect these can have on the welfare of dogs. A study carried out by the University of Lincoln showed that electric shock collars were no more effective in training than positive reinforcement.

The use of electronic dog training collars is currently being investigated by the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission, with results of their investigation set to be published later this year.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“Scotland is a nation of dog lovers, and we all want to see the highest standards of animal welfare upheld.

“Electric shock collars for dogs are wrong, full stop. That’s why I support the Kennel Club and SSPCA’s campaign to increase awareness about their impact on dog welfare. 

“I look forward to the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission’s report later this year, where I hope a ban can be introduced.”

Scottish SPCA chief executive, Kirsteen Campbell, added:

“The Scottish SPCA received 47 reports to its animal helpline regarding electric shock collars being used on dogs from 2019 to 2021. In 2021, we conducted a survey of over 2,800 members of the Scottish public and found that 83% of respondents supported a total ban on the use of collars that give a dog an electric shock.

“We have been rehabilitating dogs for decades without using methods that cause fear or pain. The Society has long advocated that only positive reinforcement-based training is used for dogs. Electric shock collars can have negative welfare implications, causing physical pain and long-term fear.”



Attached is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP supporting the calls for a ban on electric dog training collars.

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