When you think of an e collar training session, the first image that usually comes to your mind is some poor doggy being cruelly zapped silly. This used to be the case back in the 1960’s but E Collar technology has actually come a long way. In this article we will discuss this and the dos and don’ts of e collar training for your dog. Let’s start with a little information about what a modern E collar is like and we’ll go from there!
What is a modern e collar like?
Modern E collars are a huge improvement over the first generation models. Animal cruelty laws have ensured that the E collars in production today meet certain standards considered to be humane and safe for use in training. Even the ASPCA, in 2007, stated that the electronic collars of today are acceptable for training. This is because the current models produce minor shocks that are similar in nature to the electronic pads which a masseuse places over your muscles to gently stimulate them. Now, if you still don’t like the idea, you’ll be happy to know that most modern collars feature a vibrate option or a beeping option. This means that you can skip the shocking completely and still have a remote control option for getting your dogs attention in a completely humane fashion. It’s a great age to live in, folks!
How to train a dog with an e collar
Training your dog with an e collar may be a little different from what you imagine. Rather than sending a signal every time your dog does something undesirable, the best sort of training involves distraction. By teaching your dog to look for you when the vibration, beep, or minor shock arrives, then you can teach them that something is undesirable and move them towards the desired behavior with commands. This is just one of the methods, however, as there are a few different things that you can try.
How to use an e collar to sharpen your dogs attention
Some collars come with a ‘continuous mode’, which allows you to send a control where the vibration, beeping, or mild current is employed. This can be used to gently train your dog if they have a nasty habit of suddenly becoming deaf whenever you go outside. To correct this behavior, try putting your dog on a long, retractable style leash so that they can be a good distance away. When you call and the dog ignores you, activate the continuous mode and call again, leaving it on and calling your dog. Stop the continuous mode when your dog comes to you and reward them with a treat! This method is excellent for larger dogs that know that they can sometimes get away with ignoring you!
Other E collar training techniques
There are actually a number of training tricks that you can employ with a remote E collar. Some other examples of obedience training that may be employed with an e collar are as follows:
- To avoid fence fighting – If your dog is starting to get in loud through-the-fence arguments with the neighbor’s dog, the e collar can be of great assistance. Spend a little time in the yard with the dog and have some treats handy. When the dogs see each other and yours is approaching the fence, trigger the e collar to get your dogs attention. Tell your dog ‘no!’ and then call them to you. Tell your dog to sit and give them a treat. Repetition of this can sometimes help you get your dog out of the fence-fighting habit if the behavior is not too far ingrained.
- Conditioning for commands – If your dog sometimes has a little trouble paying attention outside, you can train them with a single tap of the e collar button. The way to do this is to start in your backyard. Like normal playtime, you will be issuing commands, but give the e collar remote a quick tap before speaking
- the command. Time it so that the command is shortly after and in time your dog will learn that sometimes a single tap means you are trying to get their attention!
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