Unless you have seen a dog trained with an electronic collar it is hard to believe just how fast dogs can be trained. Since time is a big factor in our busy world this form of dog training becomes a very attractive option for many family dogs.
Most people assume that electronic collars are only for problem dogs, but the truth is even the softest dogs can be trained very effectively with an electronic collar.
If 100% reliability is also a part of the training requirements that you want for your dog then electronic collars are your very best choice.
Don’t go out and buy the cheapest collar that you can find. There is a huge difference in the quality of the collars that are available. A good electronic collar absolutely MUST be rechargeable. The ones that take batteries don’t last nearly as long as the rechargeable collars. There is also a huge difference in the stimulation that is delivered with the rechargeable collars having softer and better graduated increments in the levels.
Most of the criticism of electronic collars is based on the assumption that the collar is used only to punish a dog for doing something wrong. This is not the most effective way to train a dog because the dog quickly learns that the collar is responsible for the punishment and will quickly go back to the bad habits you are trying to stop.
Electronic collar training is better understood as a form of communication. Consider that not all communication is verbal. A lot of communication is visual and some of it is also tactile.
Tactile stimulation is often merely a tap on the shoulder or even a caress. Electronic collar training is the best form of tactile stimulation and because of this it has been used for deaf dogs with great success. Because the levels of electronic collars can be easily adjusted the collar can be most effective when used in the most distracting environments
A best way to train a dog with an electronic collar is to train in conjunction with positive reinforcers like food. If the dog is trained with a level that feels little more than a mosquito bite and with the addition of food, all dogs can be easily and happily trained with an electronic collar. In this form of training the dog is trained to perform in a reliable, gentle way. The dog is shown that coming back to the owner is the way to stop the stimulation from occurring and from there every other behaviour is added to the training repertoire. Training includes not pulling on the leash, sitting quickly when the owner stops and one of the best things it includes is place. Place means that the dog will not leave a designated spot even if someone is at the door. In my house we have to be very careful if we are handling our electronic collars because our dogs absolutely love them. All their training has been done in a positive way, often using food or toys as rewards.
When it comes to reliability nothing quite compares to electronic collar training.
Your dog pulls on a leash and never comes when you call him. You have been to obedience classes and he still pulls on the leash and still runs away when you call him. He is stealing food from the counter and just ate your new shoes. He jumps on the kids knocking them over and if the door is open for a second….he’s gone.
If this sounds like your dog it’s time to consider a remote collar. That great dog that you always wanted could be sitting right there at your feet while you are reading this article. You just need a way to find that wonderful pet. A remote collar can do that.
I know what everyone says…”well it has to hurt the dog if it is going to work…right?” WRONG. The remote collars today are so sensitive that the dog feels something that is more akin to a mosquito bite than anything else. Sure remote collars do use a shock but my own personal dogs work at a level that I can’t even feel. All the training is done with the collar set at a level that the dog just barely notices. Some dogs notice the collar at a very low level and some don’t even sense it at all till the level is a bit higher. We recognize that each dog is an individual and no two even of the same breed are the same so the training program is adjusted to fit your own personal dog and adjust the level to your dog’s needs.
Regardless of what many may think, the dog is not trained with punishment. Rather the remote collar is paired with commands increasing the motivation to work with the trainer. Many people pick up remote collars at the store or order them off the internet and simply strap them to the dog and just start pushing buttons. That is a pretty good way to ruin a dog. Remote collar training is an art and a skill and takes time to learn.
Remote collars also work well for counter surfing, for car chasing, for jumping up, stealing clothes and for bolting out the door. In fact the remote collar can correct a whole host of problem behaviours. After about two weeks of training your dog will be one of the best behaved dogs in your neighbourhood and you will never have to scream at your dog to get him to come back. Fido will be able to walk at your side without pulling and will come back to you 100% of the time…..guaranteed!
We believe in this method so much that we guarantee the training. If the training did not work for you…simply return the collar and we will give you your money back. So far this has never happened mind you! If you would like to see a dog working on a remote collar, give us a call and we will give you a free demonstration.