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Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

8 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

Last year, the government announced plans to ban remote-control collars, but now a dog-owning minister is calling for the ban to be abandoned. So what is the truth about these training aids? Is it cruel to give your pet electric shocks? Just little ones? The work and pensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has come under fire for using one on her beagle-pug cross, Lola, which reportedly kept trying to attack other dogs. She spoke to Steve Andrews, a Suffolk dog trainer, who recommended an electric collar to help control Lola's behaviour. This seemed to work, and Andrews has since asked Coffey...
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