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S5W-19968: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19398 by Mairi Gougeon on 14 November 2018, for what reason this decision was made in relation to prong collars but not citronella collars, and whether it plans to seek expert advice on the impact of prong collars on animal welfare.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 28 November 2018

Citronella collars are one of the many different types of electronic training aid and their use was consulted on as part of the Scottish Government’s consultation on potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids in Scotland. These electronic collars use sprayed citronella oil as the aversive stimulus. The results of the consultation highlighted a number of potential welfare concerns, not least due to the lingering nature of the oil and the prolonged harm this can cause, which brings into doubt its usefulness as a stimulus for use in dog training.

There are no plans to consult on the use of prong collars or any other non-electronic training aids. However, the use of all aversive training aids is covered by the Scottish Government Guidance on Dog Training Aids, regardless of whether they are specifically mentioned.