Veterinary friends and pet guardians!
Some food for thought.
In many veterinary environments, the term “e-collar” refers to the “cone of shame” (aka, Elizabethan collar) that we use to keep dogs and cats from licking or chewing at injuries, surgical wounds, etc.
For many clients and dog trainers, however, the term “e-collar” refers to the electronic shock/ vibration collar used by some trainers.
As a veterinary behavior clinic that encompasses both of these worlds, we always get a bit of a jolt () when we see the term “e-collar” in veterinary records, as we then need to investigate further to find out if this animal has been trained using aversive, punishment-based methods, or if it was just a cone worn for a short while. This information is essential to developing the best possible treatment plan for the patient and client teams.
We are proposing that the term “Recovery Collar” or “Recovery Cone” be adopted in both veterinary environments AND training communities. It is a less ambiguous term and does not require further questions or clarification.
What do you think? Have you as a trainer, pet guardian, and/ or veterinary professional ever been confused by this mixing of terms? Do you think we can create a shift in how we talk about these very different tools?
If your answer is “yes!”, fill out the form below and let’s chat further!
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