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Human Pup Collars That Can Harm: Please Avoid Spike & Shock Collars


Safety With Human Pup Collars

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Hey, Sir Pounder and Sir Roscoe, and all of you attending the Midwest Fur Fest. It’s Gpup Alpha here, coming to you from Melbourne, Australia.
I just wanted to talk about something that I’m very passionate about, and that’s safety with collars. Now, I know that there’s a lot of people who love the spiked collars, as well as the shock collars, and I want to have a brief chat about them and how they can be used safety, because they can also be used in a way that can cause serious harm.
As you can see here, there are a number of very important structures in the neck that are very close to the surface, and these include nerves, arteries, and veins. Anything that’s spiky has the potential to burst not only the veins, but also the arteries. This can lead to very significant bleeding. Huge volumes of blood pass through arteries and they are supplying the brain, anything that could disrupt them can cause significant harm. The other thing to be aware of, is that any pressure on the neck can also cause harm to these structures, because when you push against the carotid artery, that’s the main one in the neck, it can actually slow the heart and in some cases even stop the heart. For this reason, it’s very important: Do not wear spiked collars with the spikes pointing in. It’s just too dangerous. It might be a hot look for a photo, but wearing it is very, very dangerous. If you want to wear a spiked collar, turn it inside out with the spikes pointing out. Much, much safer. However, my recommendation is don’t wear them at all.
When it comes to shock collars, this can cause very big, big harm, and the reason for this is because electricity can also disrupt the function of the heart. As I was saying, you put electricity through the carotid artery, there’s lots and lots of nerve in that area, and again it can slow the heart and also stop the heart. There are also other structures there, and all of the nerves coming out of the base of the skull going down into the arms and down into the body. Other nerves include the phrenic nerve, which is the one that helps you to breathe. These are things you do not want to disturb in any way. Again, do not wear electro-shock collars around the neck. It’s too, too dangerous. If you feel that you need to use electro-shock collars, pump it around the pup’s wrist, or around their leg, far away from the heart as possible.
If a pup has any issues with their heart, if they have a pacemaker or if they are epileptic, they should never be used. Again, I do not recommend the use of shock collars in any way. If you are going to use them, maybe for a photo with no batteries inside them, however I have witnessed pups having seizures when shock collars were used on them. It’s too dangerous, please, please, please don’t use them. I’m going to hand back now to Sir Roscoe and Sir Pounder, and I wish you the absolute best at the Midwest Fur Fest. I wish I could be there, but perhaps next year I’ll be able to get my fluffy butt over there. Have a fantastic day. See you, guys.

Just wanted to share this video on human pup collar safety I created for Sir Pounder & Rosco’s Puppy 101 session at the Midwest Fur Fest 2016.

Important take home points include:

  • There are some very important structures in the neck that can be easily damaged by spikes or electricity. Spike collars, also called pinch collars or prong collars can damage these delicate structures leading to significant bleeding, alterations in the heart and also puncture the windpipe in extreme use.
  • If you are keen to use spike collars for a photo or to wear out I recommend turning them inside out so the prongs point outwards. The still give an agressive look without the danger.
  • Shock collars are very dangerous around the neck. Again they can cause changes in the important nerves of the neck including the phrenic and vagus nerves. Electricity on these nerves can lead to alterations in breathing, heart and even stop the heart completely.
  • It’s important that they are never used in a person with heart disease, pace makers, electrical stimulators or epilepsy.
  • If you are going to use them, perhaps grab one that vibrates rather than shocks.
  • Never place the collar near the neck, if used at all I suggest trying the wrist on ankle, well away from the heart.

Hugs and tugs in happy puppy play safety!

Gpup Alpha

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