How To Use A Training Collar On A Puppy: What Is An Electronic Dog Training Collar And How Do I Use It?
Dog training collars come in a variety of types, each of which is useful in different situations. In this article, I’ll show you how to train your dog with an electronic collar, also known as an e-collar.
E-collars, also called shock collars, deliver an electronic pulse to your dog’s neck via two small prongs on the collar. This electric stimulation is turned on and off with a remote control that can be set to different levels depending on your dog’s personality and sensitivity.
When using an electric dog collar, safety is paramount. When used properly, experts agree that e-collars are safe. They can be ineffective and even confuse or frighten your dog if used carelessly.
If you’ve already bought a collar, make sure you read the manual and operating instructions thoroughly before putting it on your dog.
This article is only a summary. However, with every purchase, K9 Electronics includes a free, step-by-step e-collar training guide that explains how to introduce the collar to your dog and how to use it correctly in greater detail.
Although each model at K9 Electronics has its own set of features, all shock collars work with a radio signal and have two operating components: a handheld remote that sends the signal and a receiver-collar that is worn around the dog’s neck. All of K9 Electronics’ electric dog training collars have vibration or tone only buttons (or both) as warning features, as well as variable static stimulation (up to 127 levels) delivered in two modes: Continuous or Momentary.
The best training collars will have at least 100 correction levels. This allows you to tailor the static stimulation to your dog’s unique personality.
Electric collars, like other types of dog training collars like pinch collars and choke chains, deliver an unpleasant sensation from a distance to interrupt your dog without using force. When giving a correction, timing is crucial; the more precise the timing, the faster your dog will make the connection and change his or her behavior. People use electric collars for hunting and other advanced dog sports because they let you talk to your dog from far away.
Stopping unwanted behaviors and reinforcing learned commands are the two broad categories of remote collar training. Electric shock collars should never be used to teach your dog new commands or to punish him, and they should never be used on puppies under the age of six months.
The most common reason people buy electric dog collars is to stop their dogs from barking badly. A shock collar will quickly stop any annoying or dangerous behavior, such as jumping up, eating garbage, chasing cats, or any other annoying or dangerous behavior.
HOW DO I INTRODUCE A DOG TO A SHOCK COLLAR?
The first thing you’ll do is familiarize yourself with the features of your new dog training collar and put them to the test. After that, you’ll have to make sure your dog is wearing the collar correctly. It’s critical to get the right fit. To ensure that the probes make contact with the skin and do not slide around the dog’s neck, the collar should be worn high on the neck near the ears and snug. Only two fingers should be able to fit under the collar.
It’s critical that your dog associates the correction with the command or undesirable behavior rather than the e-collar. When your dog realizes that the correction is coming from the collar, he will become “collar-wise.” That is, he will not misbehave when the collar is on, but when it is removed, he will do whatever he wants.We’re all excited to start training, but to avoid this, you should let him wear the electric collar for a few days (no more than 8 hours per day) before turning it on, so that he gets used to the weight and thinks it’s just another collar like the ones he wears with his tags.
STIMULATION LEVEL SETTING
At very low levels of static stimulation, K9 Electronics recommends the “Tapping” method. To determine the initial training level, determine the lowest level of stimulation that will get your dog’s attention. To do so, set the stimulation on the remote to zero, properly fit the collar around your dog’s neck, and allow your dog to explore the training area. Begin tapping on the stimulation button while gradually increasing the level once he is engaged and not focused on you. Your dog will tilt his head, his ears will prick up, or he will give a signal that he feels something at some point. This is the starting level for your training.
The level is too high if your dog yelps or jumps. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because your dog is big or small, he or she should be at a certain level; each dog is an individual. Some people are more sensitive than others, and some people learn at a faster or slower pace.
Getting Rid of Unwanted Behavior
Set the shock collar to momentary and at the predetermined stimulation level discussed above for this type of training. You will allow your dog to roam the area where he engages in undesirable behavior, such as eating garbage. If at all possible, keep your pet hidden or at a safe distance. Begin tapping the button as soon as your dog exhibits the desired behavior. This will cause your dog’s neck to tingle, which he will associate with the desired behavior. If your dog doesn’t respond, keep tapping and raising the volume until he does. Timing is crucial, and being able to catch your dog in the act and correct him at the right time will cut training time in half. Your dog will soon learn that eating garbage isn’t as enjoyable as it once was.
IMPLEMENTING LEARNED ACTIONS
The basic obedience commands of sit, stay, down, and come are never taught with an electric dog collar. An e-collar, on the other hand, can sharpen your dog’s skills if your dog understands the commands but responds inconsistently, or is slower or less precise than you would like.
You’ll use the exact opposite technique for reinforcing a learned command as you would for stopping an unwanted behavior: with one, you’ll add stimulation, while with the other, you’ll subtract stimulation. When you want to stop a behavior, you introduce or add stimulation to startle your dog into stopping it, but when you want to reinforce a behavior, you remove stimulation when your dog responds correctly to the command. You will issue a command to your dog, and he will be stimulated until he obeys it. The more he obeys, the faster the unpleasant sensation will fade away. A light bulb will go off in your dog’s head when he realizes that obeying the command allows him to control the annoying pulse. All of the other commands will be easier once he has mastered this one.
Let’s say you’ve taught your dog to come when called, but he’s become inconsistent or slow to respond over time. You can communicate with him via the remote trainer that he needs to respond to your call right away.
Set the electric collar to the initial stimulation level and to momentary mode. Put it to the test. Put the collar on your dog along with his regular collar and a long lead. Allow him to wander around the training area for a while. Then give him the command “come” (or “here” or whatever word he knows) while tapping the continuous button and tugging on the lead. Stop tapping and tugging the instant your dog approaches you. When you stop tapping, praise your dog. Start tapping again, repeat the command, and tug on the lead if he stops before he reaches you or turns away. Stop tapping as soon as he returns his attention to you. Reward him with a game or a treat when he reaches you and completes the command.
Rep three or four times more, with play breaks in between, and plenty of praise when he gets it right. Don’t give up and don’t increase the stimulation if he doesn’t get it the first time. Working on this in short sessions a couple of times per day is a good idea. You should never give a command if you can’t carry it out during training.
It may take a week or more for your dog to make the mental connection between stopping the sensation and his behavior. He’ll figure it out eventually, and then you’ll be able to talk to him on a whole new level.
These two methods, which include adding stimulation when your dog engages in undesirable behavior and removing stimulation to reinforce learned behaviors, can be used in almost any training scenario. K9Electronics also sells collars that only emit vibrations, which are ideal for training sensitive dogs or even deaf dogs. When used properly and with caution, electric collars can be a safe and effective tool for training, communication, and strengthening your bond with your best friend.