Originally published in the Pet Professional Guild, BARKS from the Guild Magazine. Jan/2015.
Correction: Neither Canada nor Australia currently ban shock collars, however, Finland currently has a ban. The province of Quebec has fines for collars that cause pain ($600 – $12,000 for the first offence) and the province’s animal safety regulations describe shock and prong collars as unacceptable and recommends against them.
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