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Electrocute Your Pet!


It's the Stay! Mat. For those of you who aren't stern disciplinarians/frilly fascists like me, or who just can't be bothered to train a dog to behave with bribes, stern words, and repetition, there's an alternative to "crating" -- the electro-shock doggie mattress!...with four increasingly painful levels of zap.

Glenn Derene writes on the Popular Mechanics blog:

The company says that two weeks of training are required to teach your dog the rules of the Stay! Mat. (Those rules, of course, are “don’t move” and “life is sometimes cruel and painful.”) Pet owners are advised to pay close attention to their dog’s reactions during training to find the static correction level best suited for your dog. “If your dog looks puzzled or confused,” owners are advised, “these are signs that your dog is feeling the correction and that everything is working properly.” Likewise, “if your dog whimpers, appears anxious and tries to run away,” owners are reminded that the system is working just fine. If, on the other hand, your dog falls to his mat and whines in despair at the Hobbesian cruelty of his existence, well, then, apparently the mat is still working

I'm all for doggie discipline lessons. I think you do your pet a favor by teaching it to behave (I can take my dog anywhere, because she'll never act out -- in fact, she'll stay hidden so nobody knows she's there if I just whisper "lie down, no noise!"). Still, I think having the ability to zap your pet for your convenience should disqualify you having a pet at all.

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Posted by aalkon at July 20, 2006 10:07 AM

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Maybe we could get a zap mat for these idiots in the senate....everytime they mention god or religion, they get a huge zap....

Posted by: Rob at July 20, 2006 6:25 AM

...except when they use the phrase "God's plan", which would cause them to spontaneously combust.

Posted by: That Julia at July 20, 2006 8:19 AM

Is this a religious intrument or a secular one? Just checking.

> the ability to zap your pet for your
> convenience should disqualify you


Posted by: Crid at July 20, 2006 8:25 AM

Sounds like a Milgram obedience test for pet owners -- except that the victims are not actors. Disgusting.

Posted by: LA Frog at July 20, 2006 8:40 AM

What a wonderful idea. I am going to run out and buy one for the next time I have to watch my bratty under-trained nephew. Is it toddler approved?

Posted by: Shannnon at July 20, 2006 11:42 AM

Holy crap! Is this for dogs who are members of Opus Dei?

Didn't the DEA make them take those electrified exercise straps off the market? Somebody should make them pitch those mats in a landfill somewhere. That's just plain mean.

Why would anyone want to do that to their pet?

Posted by: Apple at July 20, 2006 12:35 PM

I'm amused that company that makes this device is called "PetSafe". How Orwellian.

Posted by: Gary S. at July 20, 2006 9:39 PM

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