Position Statement

The Use of Shock in Animal Training

PPG POSITIONS, STATEMENTS AND OPEN LETTERS ARE

“INFORMED BY SCIENCE, GUIDED BY EMPATHY AND GOVERNED BY ETHICS” ™

It is Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) view that electric shock in the guise of training constitutes a form of abuse towards pets, and, given that there are highly effective, positive training alternatives, should no longer be a part of the current pet industry culture of accepted practices, tools or philosophies. In this position statement, PPG will combine decades of research with the opinions of certified animal behaviorists, and highlight the question of ethics to explain why using electric shock in the name of training and care is both ineffective and harmful.

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