On the 5th July 2015 the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment announced that the Scottish Government would be seeking views on additional controls around electronic training collars for dogs.
This followed a number of requests for electric shock and vibration collars to be banned in Scotland. The issue was previously consulted on in 2007 and received a limited number of responses at that time.
Electronic training collars have developed significantly since 2007, both in terms of increased attention to pet welfare and safety in the design and proper use of static pulse (shock) collars and in the availability of alternative methods of negative stimuli (vibration, noise, water or chemical spray).
This consultation provides information on these developments, related research studies, and the approaches taken elsewhere to enable respondents to give a reasoned view on electronic training aids in Scotland in 2015.