In a recent study, it was discovered sales for child leashes have gone down drastically while sales for electric shock collars have skyrocketed.
“What child wants a silly Mickey Mouse leash strapped to their back? Kids are way more stylish these days,” says Diana, mother of 4-year-old twin daughters. “My girls love their matching, rhinestone-studded, pink choke collars. The stones even change colors when I zap them. It’s adorable!”
A chip, located inside the collar, is conveniently controlled by an app, available on both iPhone and Android. When pressed, a slight zap is applied to the child’s neck. The app includes advanced features for taking into account a child’s age, weight, and gender.
If desired, parents can even program certain types of behavior with higher intensities of electricity. For example, a parent might choose a light shock for a child leaving their bedroom at night, but a much higher intensity if a child attempts to run across the street.
“What makes the electric shock collar so great is its versatility,” states Theresa, mother of four boys under 5. “My husband has the app downloaded on his phone as well, but he prefers a higher intensity. The boys know not to run when Dad’s around!”
“What I love most about the electric shock collar is that it’s not obvious,” shares Kelly. “Last week at the mall, I zapped my 5-year-old daughter 14 times and no one was the wiser.” She chuckles. “When she collapsed on the floor in front of the gumball machine, everyone just assumed she was having a typical temper tantrum.”
Most parents who use the electric shock collar prefer the choker necklace model, although the helmet (disguised to look like a baseball cap) is becoming more popular with boys. Most complaints surrounding the cap is that it is not as effective, due to hair follicles interfering with the intensity of the electric shock.
Currently, experimental versions are being tested where an actual chip is installed in the child’s neck (minor surgery is required), but these are not currently sanctioned in the United States.