Electronic Training Collar, Pinch Collar and Quitting Signal
zur Erlangung des Grades einer
Doktorin der Veterinärmedizin
- Doctor medicinae veterinariae -
(Dr. med. vet.)
The results of the present study indicate that the electronic training collar induces less distress
and shows stronger “learning effect” in dogs in comparison to the pinch collar. The quitting
signal is on the other hand not found effective in police dog training although it causes the
“least distress” reactions in dogs when comparing with the electronic training- and pinchcollar. Altogether, concerning the “bodily reactions”, the pinch collar was evaluated as the
most distressful method and considering the “learning effect”, the electronic training collar
was found to be the most effective method.
These results can probably be explained by that electronic training collar complies completely
with the punishment criteria, which were defined by TORTORA (1982), in case of proof of
the proficient and experienced user. On the other hand when applying the pinch collar, these
criteria can not be met even though perfect timing is applied since reactions of the dog and
effectiveness of the method depends on several different factors such as the willingness,
strength and motivation of the handler, as well as his/her proficiency. In addition to that, the
visibility of the administrator and, thus, of the punishment is another important factor
influencing the efficiency of the pinch collar because the dog directly links the punishment
with its owner. Therefore this method does not satisfy the ‘’punishment criteria’’ at all. The
quitting signal on the other hand requires criteria, such as good timing and structured training
procedure, on account of complete conditioning in order to achieve effective results. Even if
these criteria are met, the personality trait of the dog is another factor, which influences the
efficiency of the signal.
It should particularly be mentioned, that the quitting signal training was implied only on adult
dogs within the frame of this study. Therefore, the results should not be interpreted as that the
quitting signal can not be a suitable method in police dog training. As previously stated
training of the quitting signal requires a hard and a structured procedure. Thus, if the training,
namely the conditioning, begins at the puppy hood, the quitting signal can also be an effective
method in police dog training
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