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Electric dog collar talks to end

Dog owners have been encouraged to give their views on shock collars

The consultation period on the banning of electric shock dog training devices in Wales is about to end.

Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said last year she planned to ban the use of such collars, mats and leads because of concerns that pets were suffering.

Manufacturers have said they were "puzzled and disappointed" by the decision.

People with views on the issue have until later on Wednesday to respond to their assembly member.

Electric shock collars are used on dogs by some to give an electric shock when the dog is deemed to be behaving incorrectly.

The Kennel Club has campaigned to ban the devices from being sold and used across the UK, but the issue is being spearheaded in Wales.

Ministers have gathered the views of animal experts and organisations on the collars, which can be bought from pet shops or on the internet for £25 or more.

Pain and fear are not humane methods by which to train a dog
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club

A ban could be introduced using the Animal Welfare Act powers, which are new to the Welsh assembly.

The minister said she wanted to consider both sides of the argument before taking any action.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club communications director said: Caroline Kisko of the Kennel Club said: "There is no justification for electric shock training devices."

"We are delighted that the mnister has issued these draft regulations and we encourage dog owners in Wales to respond.

"There are many effective positive training methods which are reward based.

"These methods train dogs quickly, easily and reliably, with absolutely no fear, pain, or damage to the relationship between the owner and the dog. "

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