Training Collars (July 2001 Board meeting)
Special training devices that are used to control and train dogs, including but not limited to, collars with prongs, electronic collars used with transmitters, muzzles and head collars may not be used on dogs at AKC events, except as allowed in the AKC Rules, Regulations, and policies.
The American Kennel Club recognizes that special training collars may be an effective and useful management device, when properly used, for controlling dogs that might be extremely active, difficult to control on a neck collar, or dog aggressive. These collars are also recognized as possibly useful for gaining control at the start of basic obedience training, essential education that dogs deserve and need.
There is a point at which owners should have sufficient control of their dogs to manage them on regular neck collars, without the use of special training collars. This is the point at which dogs are acceptable on the grounds of AKC competitive events and will have the opportunity to participate in those events.
The VP that appeared on Fox was not aware of the Board policy. I hope everyone emails the Board of Directors their concerns--especially that the VP alienated thousands of dog owners. Certainly the Board meets monthly with the senior staff at AKC and these concerns should be addressed to staff members.
Also it should be pointed out that a former chairman of the Board of Directors, Augie Belmont, was a user of E-collars and won multiple national championships.