So, you’ve just gotten a new puppy or dog and there is a problem. Your dog is being aggressive! Some of the normal training techniques aren’t doing any good because the dog is simply ignoring you. What can you do? In this article we are going to discuss the option of E collar training for aggressive dogs.
It’s okay to use a shock collar for aggressive dogs?
When you mention a shock collar, also known as an ‘E collar’ people, sometimes become uncomfortable. The fact is, however, that E collars have come a long way. No longer the inhumane product of the 70’s, modern E collars only deliver current equivalent to the massage pads a therapist applies to your back. They also offer sound and vibration options for those who do not wish to use the ‘shock’ option at all. So, how do you take advantage of this new technology? Will a shock collar really help with an aggressive dog?
Do shock collars work on aggressive dogs?
E collars can be used quite effectively in the training of aggressive dogs. Now, before we proceed, we want to make something very clear. We are not advocating just shocking the dog every time they do something wrong. This is NOT how you train with an E collar. Rather, the E collar is used to simply get the dogs attention. Tones or vibration can even be used in lieu of the shock. The means is not important, only the end result. We want to get the dogs attention so that we can teach obedience and reinforce the good behavior with plenty of treats.
How to use an E collar for aggression
A good example of how to use an E collar for aggression would be your dog growling and barking at the window. When your dog starts barking, activate the collar to get their attention and immediately issue a command, such as ‘Sit!’. When your dog complies, give them a treat. Incidentally, if your dog is a problem-barker there are already E collars on the market which can deal with this automatically. Designed to recognize the tone of barking, after a pre-set amount of time the collar will automatically trigger, delivering a mild charge or an audible tone that continues until the dog becomes quiet. These can teach your dog to stop barking out the window or to only bark enough to get your attention.
E collar training for aggression
When using the E collar there are some other things that you should and should not do if it is going to be an effective means of training. A few tips for you are as follows:
- Teach commands first – If at all possible you want to make sure that your dog understands the basics of what you are expecting when you issue a command. The collar may then be used in order to reinforce that the dog should listen and obey whenever the command is issued. In this way the collar may be used to deter the habit of ‘sometimes obeying, sometimes not’ that some dogs develop.
- Start with the lowest setting – You don’t want to confuse your dog. While current E collar models will not hurt the dog, the higher settings will certainly distract them. Start with the lowest setting until you know what is effective for getting the dogs attention.
” Start with the lowest setting until you know what is effective.”
- Don’t be fickle with the collar – If you start training your dog with the collar you will want to make sure that it is always on until you are positive that the dog is going to always obey a particular command. If you sometimes turn it on and sometimes leave it off then your dog may take notice and only perform when the collar is active. This can be quite the setback in obedience training, so you will want to commit to using the collar for a few months to make sure that commands are learned and your dog gets into the habit following them each and every time before you stop using the collar.
- Play first before collar training – You want to make sure that your dog doesn’t start dreading training sessions and the best way to do this is going to be playing with your dog before every session. You want your dog to associate training with ‘fun time’ and this is going to be the best way to do it.
- Limit training sessions to 15 minutes – Limit training sessions to no more than 15 minutes at a time. Your dog can otherwise become frustrated or bored and at this point the collar will act more as an aggravation than an attention getter. Avoid this problem by limiting the duration of your training sessions, segueing into playtime between sessions to keep things fun for both of you.
Using a shock collar for Dog Aggression: Don’t forget this!
Whenever you use the E collar you should follow up by issuing a command. Remember that we are using this as a means to get the dog’s attention but if you don’t issue a command then your dog will not know what to do. E collars are excellent for training but if you use it incorrectly, for instance triggering the collar every time the dog does something ‘wrong’ then you are only going to confuse your dog and possibly make their aggression worse. Avoid this by always issuing a command so that your dog knows the RIGHT thing to do and reinforce their good behavior with a treat. After awhile they will learn.
Some final words
Today we have discussed using an E collar for training an aggressive dog. We counsel patience, as this can be a slow process, but if you make a training regimen for your dog and stick to it the results can be amazing. Simply use the collar to get their attention, issue a command, and give a treat. It’s as simple as that!