Studies have shown that dogs respond effectively to positive, voluntary and rewards-based training, while shock collars have been shown to increase fear, anxiety and stress levels in dogs. At Petco, we have one job: to do what’s right for pets. As part of that commitment, we’re removing specific shock collars from our shelves and supporting total pet health and wellness with expanded positive reinforcement training options. Positive reinforcement is backed by experts and helps build healthy, happy and safe relationships with our pets.
We encourage anyone using or seeking shock collars to consider alternatives that focus on rewards and positive reinforcement, rather than punishment or aversive training methods. Pet parents seeking alternatives to shock collars at our stores will be directed to consult with one of our store partners or Petco-certified trainers for personalized recommendations, ranging from in-store and online, training to positive training aids and products. A pet who needs more advanced behavioral intervention will be referred to their veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist for evaluation.