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WHAT'S WRONG WITH SHOCK COLLARS?
Mild or not, repeated shocks can lead to serious problems.
By Dr. Dare Miller
If you haven't known it yet, a dog's brain and body is electric.
Let’s follow a thought traveling electrically (yes, electrically!) in a dog’s brain for just a minute, shall we? Brain cells have a projection known as axons, which conduct the nerve signal. The axon resembles a fallen tree trunk with bare limbs and bare roots exposed. These branches are called dendrites.
A thought develops and grows as it travels along an axon all the while being generated by what is known as bio-electricity into the dendrites and is then sent out to another axon via a synapse (virtually an electric spark).
A dog’s brain is firing these thought synapses probably billions of times in a second all the time, and especially while dreaming, as shown by EEG recordings of their brain waves.
Now, think about the disrupting electricity coming from these shock collars. Not much wonder a dog is left listless after several shocks. It makes them jerk and twitch and leaves them stunned. Eventually there's a loss of learning ability.
Shock collars and especially bark collars that are left on dogs can affect their pituitary gland. This can lead to a change of personality, moodiness, and depression. My observation is most often loss of willingness, withdrawal and overall loss of brain power. You find this often in dogs from the pound and shelter.
Slow rehabilitation with the DOG-MASTER and L-Tryptophan supplements is possible. The pituitary gland (or “third eye” in Eastern Cosmology) is thought to be the seat of the dog’s amazing 6th sense—that incredible intuition that can sense events before they happen.
On TV recently I watched Cesar Millan’s use of the shock collar, leaving the dog twitching and jerking afterwards…
The dog’s body is electric just as ours— obviously even mild, repeated shocks can throw his whole system off. The whole idea of shocking is limited and negative, and it turns your dog off. It can only lead to frustration… and more problems.
Don’t turn your dog off. Turn him on—to you. Get him understanding, seeking, and learning. He has an amazing BRAIN, even farther reaching that we know of. Oh, the things they can do when this brain is developed instead of turned off.
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