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Posted on April 9 at 3:15 p.m.
Those who oppose the use of training collars that shock the dog are ignorant of the intensity of the shock. I used them on my two beagles. I could control the level of shock. My female needed the minimum shock to respond. My male often needed the most intense shock. When we would go out for a walk, my male would get excited if I offered the shock collar to him. He knew it meant going off leash. My female did not like it. She would stay by my side when she had it on. I used a whistle or my voice to call my dogs long before I would use the shock collars. The minimum shock level was no worse than getting a shock from the dry clothes coming out of the drier. The mid level was like a carpet shock. If people are going to have their dogs off leash, they need to be in full control. A dog that barks at strangers should be kept on leash. I could call my dogs and instruct them to sit as a stranger walked by. This gave the stranger confidence as they walked past my dogs. This skill was very helpful as a stranger walked by with a dog on a leash. There is no excuse for the dog owner's behavior. The hunters could likely use some better understanding of dog behavior but I do not fault them.
On Dogs Versus Hunters in the Backcountry