PPGA welcomes QLD’s proposed ban on prong collars

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the Professional Pet Guild Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to review its animal welfare legislation, in particular the proposed new amendments to ban the use of prong collars.

PPGA is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to science-based, force-free companion animal training and care.

The position of the PPGA is that effective animal training procedures lay the foundation for healthy animal socialization and training and help prevent behavioral problems. The general pet-owning public should be educated by organizations and associations to ensure that pets live in nurturing and stable environments to better prevent behavioral problems and help ensure well-being. -general being of the animal.

Consistent with this effort, PPGA believes that the use of collars and leashes intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain, or force around a dog’s neck (such as choke chains and prong collars) should be avoided.

Although data demonstrating the exact harm that can potentially be caused by the use of choke and prong collars is incomplete, experience has shown that soft tissue injuries are common and, as with any method of severe training, damage to the animal-human relationship results. .

Studies and the experience of PPGA members show that training and behavior problems are consistently and effectively solved without the use of choke or prong collars, but with alternative and positive methods of bond building. animal-human. Evidence indicates that instead of accelerating the learning process, harsh training methods actually slow the training process, add stress to the animal, and can lead to short and long term psychological damage. for animals.

PPGA advises that all training be conducted in a way that encourages animals to enjoy the training and to become more confident and well-adjusted pets. Additionally, PPGA members optimize the use of functional analysis to identify and resolve problematic behaviors such as leash pulling and rushing, where choke and prong collars are commonly used.

Additionally, the PPGA and its members actively recommend against the use of choke and prong collars while actively promoting the use of flat buckle collars, halters, harnesses, and other types of safer control gear. for the animal.

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