Good for Petco! The Pet retailer has taken a major step to stop abuse of animals. The company just announced that they will no longer sell shock collars for dogs, and are hoping others in the industry will do the same.
The company is pulling both human and bark-activated collars off store shelves because the collars “have been shown to increase fear, anxiety and stress in dogs.”
Petco says: “As a health and wellness company, our mission is focused on improving pet lives and we think selling shock collars does the opposite. It’s our responsibility to ensure that we, and others, aren’t putting potentially harmful products in the wrong hands.”
If you have an unruly pooch, there are positive reinforcement training methods, which focus on rewarding good behavior and not punishing bad behavior. Petco is now offering introductory online positive reinforcement training classes, and they’re expanding resources to help pet owners.