Some fans are not happy with Kendall Jenner after she was spotted walking her dog using a collar that can reportedly cause “pain and suffering” for the animal. The reality star was photographed taking her new pup Pyro out for a stroll on Tuesday, January 21, but when fans noticed that the model was using a prong collar to train the Doberman, they quickly took to Twitter to slam her.
A prong collar is designed to teach dogs not to pull on their leash while going for a walk. The loop that goes around their necks is made of a series of pointed metal prongs, so that when the dog tries to pull, it pinches their skin. The collars have been highly criticized by animals lovers and there have even been petitions to get them banned in America.
“Either you train that dog properly with love or you get [yourself] a dog trainer who will help you with it,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Or you give that dog away to someone who will truly take care of him… She has the money to do all that.”
“A person claiming to be a ‘trainer’ that uses aversive tools is not a trainer at all,” another added. “Those tools treat the symptoms, while science-based training treats the root problem. I’ve been a behaviorist for five years and there is no excuse good enough to ever use these tools. Not one.”
Some fans, on the other hand, have come to the 24-year-old’s defense, claiming that the collars only cause discomfort, not pain, and are very useful in training big dogs.
“Pinch collars [are] not torture devices! They really help when [you] have a dog that pulls a lot on the leash and [you] need to train them! It doesn’t hurt, just pinches when they pull too hard and they also have a point at which they stop pinching. Regular collars choke dogs more,” one Twitter user quipped, with another writing, “Y’all not gonna like hearing this but… most professional dog trainers will use the prong collars too. They don’t hurt the dog though! They just apply pressure on the trachea so the dog stops pulling.”
“It doesn’t matter if the collar causes a lot of pain or just little, it’s still pain,” one fan said. “Why do people think it’s okay to make your dog feel pain, of any kind? If you have pulling problem there are other ways to deal with it.”
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