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    Question Dog collar technology - what is your view of this?

    Connected Collar tracks pets, lets owners 'talk' to them and stops them barking | Daily Mail Online

    I read this with mixed feelings. In my life, time with my dog is when I leave my phone and computer and home and get back to basics with a walk and just plain down time. I may be old fashioned about it though.
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    I dunno. I don't think I'd be buying or recommending it. It seems to use a lot of aversives ie if the "ultrasonic" stuff and the vibration stuff were not unpleasant for the dog, I don't think they'd have the desired effect. And you'd have to train the dog what to do to make the unpleasantness stop... And if the dog was at the park - how would it know which way it needed to go to get back to the owner.

    So any owner capable of training a dog what to do with a zap collar - wouldn't really need it. Unless they were planning to be the ultimate in irresponsible ie take the dog to the park and then not keep watch on it. Or not have a properly fenced yard.

    Having said that - my uncle used a zap collar to train his dogs to stay on his property - which is huge and not far from a very big highway. They don't wear the collars any more and they stay where they are supposed to be - so I guess sometimes there's a time and place.

    But I'd rather supervise my dog properly and at all our parks - we're expected to keep watch to make sure our dog doesn't harass anyone and that we pick up after it and you can't do that if you don't watch the dog.

    Maybe for a Houdini dog it would be good but...then - still got problems with dog playing in traffic if you've just lost it. It used to be ok for dogs to take themselves for walks in the city but hasn't been since the early 1970s as best I can tell. When there were less than half as many people in oz.

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    Yeah I'm not into that kind of stuff for dogs.

    Keep your dog contained at home (whether you're there or not), and train your dog to be controlled on walks.

    I feel like this is just another way for people to try and get out of actually training their dogs.

    It will always be a plain old collar or check chain for my dogs.

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    Only in America...dogs are supposed to be in a secured yard and when out in public be on a lead and under control at all times...maybe it's different over there.
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    Thank you 'farrview' for putting up this thread.

    I really believe in ‘Murphy’s Law’ with these types of so-called ‘new you- beaut’ technological ideas like this. Seems like the ‘inventors’ of these sorts of things are looking for new and better ways to make ‘money for jam’ !

    The problems that you would have with your pup if this device malfunctioned would be horrendous.

    I am very certain I wouldn't be putting this sort of thing on any of my pups – even it if did work ! It would undo any training I have done with them.

    Plus - my pups love their peace and quiet when I am not around and they just sleep !

    I will stick with what I do now – both pups microchipped and the microchips checked yearly and they are also both registered with the local council.

    Works for me !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    Only in America...dogs are supposed to be in a secured yard and when out in public be on a lead and under control at all times...maybe it's different over there.
    It is very different over there - fences like what we have here is not all that common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    It is very different over there - fences like what we have here is not all that common.
    Might explain why there are so many dog bites...I don't think a magic zap collar with GPS would help...at least you'd know where your dog was while it was bitting someone.
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