Electric collars, chokes and spikes on dogs soon banned in Brussels: why is this “extraordinary news”?

This Tuesday at noon, in RTL INFO Welcome, Alix Battard mentioned the various dog collars. Electric, spade or pond collars should be banned in Brussels and may be in Wallonia. Is it good news to be an animal? To answer that question, Julie Willems, an animal ethologist and behaviorist, was the guest of the day.

It is not known exactly how many of these bracelets are used in Belgium, but would they be widespread?

“Unfortunately yes. They are very widespread. We see a lot of dogs coming to our center. However, they do not come out because we confiscate them. the use of a strange collar from the start, everything that is a Malinois shepherd, a German shepherd, etc., as if it were obvious, these dogs usually have a choke collar, sometimes even spade collars. labrador puppies for example 4 or 5 months with a choke collar and when asked, we are told that the school was told to put one in. This is true for collars. strangers or spades. “

And are electric necklaces new?

“No, they’ve been around for at least 10-15 years. dog giving him electric shocks. It’s dramatic. “

Does this mean that this possible ban on such necklaces is a good thing?

“This is extraordinary news. I have been fighting for at least 10 years to ban these collars because it is animal abuse. We must not weigh his words. Imagine the choke collar, the dog is strangled as soon as .that he pulls a little on his leash. In addition to most foreign necklaces, they are metal chains. “

What is the damage to these animals? Is there neurological damage?

“There may be neurological damage. There are dogs that are injured by these collars, both strangers and electric ones. And then there’s the psychological abuse. The bottlers, that’s obviously, this It hurts the dog. And when it comes to electric shocks, it also has a lot of psychological consequences in the sense that dogs don’t include where these electric shocks come from and they don’t include why they get them. “

They often use electric collars to prevent a perimeter from coming out, to keep them in the garden. Is it effective?

“Effective, yes. It’s unfortunately effective and that’s why most people use it. But there are other techniques. Why does a dog run away? There are a lot of reasons why a dog leaves territory. ”

Exactly what are the other techniques? How to do without these types of necklaces?

“We have to find the cause. Why is the dog leaving its territory? “There will be no other way but to close with a conventional fence. Now the most common cause of flight, which unfortunately people do not know, is the lack of walks. “It’s the dog that’s going to walk around on his own if he doesn’t go for a walk with his master. It’s a way for him to look for new smells or to spend himself physically.”

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