It’s difficult to change traditional behaviour. People get used to doing things a certain way, and even when science and logic suggest that there’s a better way, old habits are hard to get rid of.
In the animal world, there’s an obvious area that stands out as being stuck in the past: using collars to restrain dogs.
Of course there’s a place for dog collars: they are a handy way to permanently attach an ID tag around a dog’s neck. Once put in place, a light dog collar can be impossible for a dog to remove, similar to a festival-style wristband on a human.
A well-fitting dog collar can also function as a way of reminding dogs that they are with you and that you want them to stay close to you. There should be no tugging or tightening of the collar: if the collar was not there, the dog should still want to be in the same place. The collar should act in the same way as gently holding a child’s hand.
But as a way of controlling a dog? There are now alternatives that are far better than dog collars.