Ban Cruel Dog Training Tools

Target: Michael J Massey, CEO of PetSmart

Goal: Ban the sale of choke chains, spiked collars, and shock collars.

Dog training methods have gone through some major changes. Most trainers advocate for positive pet training that doesn’t punish the dog for incorrect behavior, but rather, rewards positive behavior. What hasn’t seemed to change much, is the use of painful training tools such as choke chains, shock collars, and prong collars. These behavior modification tools are cruel and ineffective.

Shock collars are painful tools used to keep dogs from escaping yards. Rather than putting in a fence or relying on positive training methods, people place these collars on their dogs and set a boundary line. When the dog crosses the boundary line they receive a painful shock to their neck. Shock collars are not effective forms of training. They provide the dog with no understanding of what the desired behavior is. Not only that, but these collars cause anxiety and pain.

Choke chains and prong collars are equally dangerous for dogs. These collars are used to keep dogs from pulling on the lead. This is a rather simple behavior to modify with proper training. Training that involves helping the dog to understand the desired behavior rather than cause the dog pain. Dogs can get seriously hurt with these products, even the name choke chain says exactly what these products do.

Stores should not sell these dangerous and abusive products. Instead, they should work with customers to find other training tools and recommend dog trainers and classes. There is no reason for a pet store to sell products that can seriously injure an animal. Please sign this petition to urge the ban of dangerous and abusive dog training tools.


Dear Mr. Massey,

PetSmart is one of the leading pet supply companies in the United States, and as a leading company, your products should reflect your commitment to providing safe and effective pet training supplies. Choke chains, prong collars, and shock collars have no place in a pet-friendly store.

These training tools are cruel and ineffective when it comes to training a dog. The only thing that these collars do, is punish the dog for behaviors it doesn’t understand. By using these collars, owners are simply punishing their dogs rather than actually training them and creating a trusting relationship. Dogs learn best when they are comfortable with their trainer, and that cannot be accomplished when the dog is suffering from anxiety because it keeps getting shocked.

It is unacceptable that these outdated and cruel tools are still sold in stores that brand themselves as pet-friendly, especially when these stores offer positive training classes for their customers. I urge you to ban the sale of these cruel collars.


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  1. Anne Moeller says:

    I have had 4 dogs and the only way I trained them was with holding out my hand , love and patience and some treats- and this worked!!

  2. Furthermore, some dogs learn to circumvent the effect of “invisible fence” shock collars by running across the electronic “barrier,” minimizing the duration of the shock: all the system does in these cases is teach the dog to sprint, not stop.

  3. AND, shock collars have been responsible for dogs getting loose and NOT COMING BACK, because it HURTS to cross that cruel, electrified boundary! THEN they become ABANDONED dogs. This whole idea STINKS!!!!!

  4. Denise Devereux says:

    You have just lost my business. 17 animals
    I will be sending this off to all my friends and contacting all mothers to boycott your stores with posters and educate the public into what you are supplying to monsters.


  5. cathy Grossie says:

    OMG,do people actually still use such torture devices! Unbelievable

  6. Tracy Joseph says:

    Mr. Massey I good rule of thumb here would be “if I put this on my child would it hurt them?”. If the answer is YES then the answer is DON’T STOCK IT. It really is that simply. You see there is a world of sick people out there who would love to use these sick devises to torture poor animals. Do you want any part of that…I certainly wouldn’t!!!!

  7. Gael Kay says:

    These collars don’t teach anything. Fear and anger with each tug can compile to an all attack against the jerk that put it on the dog. Repetition is the mother off learning. Animals learn to obey either by love or hate and the means whereby the emotions are allowed to expand. If love from owner is abundant, unconditional love is given in return. If harshness is given out, hate for owner grows dangerously!!!!

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared

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