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Study highlights ineffectiveness of electronic collars
"These findings provide evidence that dogs can be more effectively trained without the use of electronic collars" - Holly Conway, Kennel Club.

Researchers assess the efficacy of dog training with and without e-collars.

A new study has quashed the suggestion that using an electronic collar to train dogs is more efficient or results in less disobedience, even in the hands of experienced trainers.

The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, assessed the efficacy of dog training with and without remote electronic collars compared to training with positive reinforcement.

Scientists found that training with positive reinforcement was more effective at addressing  behaviour as well as general obedience training. They also found that positive reinforcement poses fewer risks to dog welfare and quality of the human-dog relationship.

'Given these results, we suggest that there is no evidence to indicate that E-collar training is necessary, even for its most widely cited indication,' the researchers conclude.

The findings have been welcomed by The Kennel Club, which, together with other welfare organisations and veterinary bodies, has long campaigned for a ban on the use of electric shock collars.

“These findings provide evidence that dogs can be more effectively trained without the use of electronic collars and therefore there is no place for them in dog training today,” said Holly Conway, head of public affairs at the Kennel Club. “This study proves that positive reward training is all that dogs need.

"The findings are clear and should be reviewed by the government immediately to stop the unnecessary suffering of dogs.”

The study, Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement, was carried out by the Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Group at the University of Lincoln.

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the website. 

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According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.