Treating fear with pain – Why does it appear to work and what really happens under the skin?

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Over the years I have been working in Animal Behaviour I am always amazed at how many people disregard science and research. The world of dog training has really moved forward as science has discredited some of the more outdated methods such as Dominance and pack leadership style methods.

There has been a huge amount of research on the devices used in animal training and their effects on the physical and emotional state of the animal involved.  It amazes me how people insist on treating fear with pain but unfortunately they do. Devices of any description are a quick fix method. They are effective at interrupting the emotion the animal experiences but they won’t remove that emotion and this is where the problem lies.

Lets’ imagine the scenario of a dog that is scared of traffic and is struggling to walk down a road and lets’ use the shock collar as an…

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