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S5W-19398: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason reference to prong collars was removed from its final guidance on dog training aids, and whether it supports their use.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 14 November 2018

The reference to prong collars was removed from the final published Guidance on Dog Training Aids as it was felt that it's inclusion might divert attention away from the main intended focus on electronic collars. Unlike in the case of electronic collars, the Scottish Government has received no expert advice or opinion on prong collars. We therefore have no firm evidence-based view on their use, but would ask any dog owner contemplating using a prong collar, or any other aversive dog training aid, to pay close attention to the Scottish Government Guidance on Dog Training Aids. Causing unnecessary suffering, including through the use of inappropriate training aids, is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006.