Dogs: Electronic Training Aids

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of recent research funded by his Department into behavioural and physiological changes to dogs arising from the use of electric shock collars; and if he will make it his policy to ban such collars.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Research funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs into the use of remote electronic training collars on dogs concluded that while such devices had a negative effect on some dogs this was not enough to justify a ban on their use. We are working with the industry for them to develop guidance for owners and trainers advising how to use e-collars properly as well as on the manufacture of these collars in order to reduce the availability, of poor quality devices.

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