Let’s start by saying, if your dog is crying, yelping, or jumping because of the e-collar, you’re using it wrong. E-collars are a tool used to communicate to your pup when they are off leash, period. It is placed around your pups neck like a collar, and has two prongs that enable the handler to correct the dog via remote. The strength of the correction can be adjusted depending on the individual dog. You need a fundamental understanding of how dogs learn prior to using a e-collar. These collars, if used inappropriately, can cause behavioral problems.
A lot of people ask, “why have a setting that goes high, if it’s not meant to hurt you pup?”. That’s a very valid, and common question. The reason there are different levels of stimulation, is because not all dogs are the same. Also, depending on the distraction, trigger, and how far they are engaged in their drive, your pup might not feel their base level. For example, my pup Baxter has a very low level that he responds to during walks. He also has a significantly higher level that he only responds to when he is at the dog park.
The different levels allow you to communicate to the dog during a specific moment in their life. It can also be taken off one dog and used for another. It’s this type of versatility that makes e-collars such an amazing tool.
FAQ’s About E-collars.
• Why would I use a tool that’s specifically designed to hurt my pup?
The e-collar isn’t a “punishment”, it is used to get your pups attention when they are too distracted to hear or focus on you. Once they change their behavior or you get their attention, you will rely on your fundamental training to get them to do whatever you need them to do. I know you’re thinking, ” if it hurts, isn’t it a punishment?”, and this is where most people get confused. They have this image of a person ZAPPING the dog into compliance. That was the old archaic way people used e-collars. Also, the old e-collars didn’t have a way to make it dog specific. So, the handler only had 3 settings and they all hurt. Like I said earlier, if your dog is crying, yelping, or jumping because of the e-collar, you’re using it wrong. Anyone who uses a e-collar for training, should have the confidence to wear the e-collar. That’s how harmless they can be when used by an experienced handler.
• What is an Electric Dog Collar used for?
A e-collar is primarily used to expand the lessons you already taught your pup. You wouldn’t use the collar to teach the Fundamentals of a command. The goal is usually to let your pup be off leash, and still have a way to communicate to them 50 yards away. There are some people that are opposed to this tool, but their pup can only be off leash on parks or trails. They also dont have the confidence to let their dogs meet other dogs off leash. E-collars allow your pup to be off leash anywhere, around any distraction (with consistent training).
• What types of e-collars are available?
There are t types ofe-collars, bark collars and remote training collars.
The bark collars automatically correct the dog when their bark reaches a certain decibel. Their are safeguards in the device that prevent it from constantly correcting, if the dog continues to bark.
The remote training collars help the handler improve their sogs training buy giving them corrections through the collar. The goal is usually to give the dog the freedom of being off leash, and still having a way to get their attention if they become aroused or distracted.
• Are there any alternatives to the electric collar?
Yes, there are alternatives. Some collars have the option to activate an alarm tone or strong vibration.
E-collars have come a long way since they were first released. In my opinion, the high level of inexperience people improperly using the e-collar is what’s stopping the natural progression of this tool.
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