ANIMAL charities have slammed a mat that gives pets ELECTRIC SHOCKS - a device which is currently selling on Amazon as part of its latest sale.
The indoor electronic mat for cats and dogs has three levels of voltage so users can adjust the strength of the shock to the size of their animal.
Similar to an electric shock collar, the touch sensitive device is used to train or control dogs and cats.
The technique is based on applying pain or the fear of pain to stop an unwanted behaviour.
In this case the mat prevents pets from going to protected areas in the house, like the bedroom or the baby's room.
But several animal charities have blasted the device saying it can be "dangerous" to use it for training.
Mimi Bekhechi from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told the Sun Online: "It's downright dangerous to make animals live in fear of getting shocked for engaging in normal types of behaviour such as exploring inside their own homes.
"These sorts of devices can cause not only physical pain and even injury but also deep and lasting anxiety over the presence of an invisible enemy."
Ms Bekhechi warned that there's always a chance that a mat could malfunction and deliver continuous or erratic electric shocks potentially injuring to the animal.
Julie Stone, from animal welfare charity Blue Cross, said that there is no evidence that shock devices give better results than using positive methods for training.
"We do know that causing pain to a dog or cat has a detrimental effect on the relationship between owner and pet and can cause unintended problems such as anxiety related behaviours," she added.
Scientific research shows electric shocks can cause pain, fear and stress in animals and use of these sorts of training aids can have a long-term negative effect, according to Lisa Richards, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (RSPCA).
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Ms Richards said: "The RSPCA would urge pet owners never to use these sorts of training methods and to instead train their pets using encouragement and rewards."
PETA and the Blue Cross also encouraged pet owners to use positive training methods that reward good behaviour.
Traditionally dog training relied heavily upon techniques involving punishment like shock collars.
But in more recent years increasing emphasis has been placed upon training which reinforces positive behaviour which allows animals to feel safe and secure at home.
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A ban on shock collars was introduced in Wales in 2010 and the nation remains the only one in the UK to ban the use of such devices for use on dogs and cats.
The RSPCA in England is now calling on the UK Government to follow in the Welsh Government’s footsteps and bring in a ban.
According to the listing on Amazon, the item is safe to use on both cats and dogs as it emits a low voltage and a harmless three-seconds static electric pulse.
The Sun Online has contacted Amazon for comment.
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