dog training collars

Dog training shock collars do’s has and don’ts
Most dog owners have a feeling that shock collars are inhumane while others feel that if correctly used remote collar can make a perfect correcting tool. A shock collar system comprises of a remote and collar.

The remote is hand held device that is used by the dog owner to correct the dog whenever he makes a mistake. The collar has batteries and metallic touch points, which deliver a mild shock to correct the dog.

Not all dog training collars have remote, for example, bark collars have no remotes because they automatically activate themselves anytime the dog barks. Collars that are remotely controlled by human beings can have challenges when training your dog. Here are some of the dos and don’ts you should note.

Remote training collars do’s and don’ts
1.      Remote dog training collars are effective when used to reinforce already learnt command. Never use them to train dog new commands like ‘sit’, ‘come’.

2.      Before beginning the training, put on the collar on the dog for at least 30 minutes. Make sure the collar fits on the dog neck comfortably. Do not allow your dog to become collar wise, i.e. behave well when only wearing the e-collar.

3.      Always tuck the remote inside your pocket while training the dog. Make sure he/she does not realize you are the person who is activating the shocks because this can affect your relationship with the dog.

4.      Understand your dog temperament before purchasing a shock collar because they are not suitable for use with aggressive dogs. If your dog turns wild whenever you use the shock collar, it is advisable you stop using it.

5.      When introducing dog to shock collars, make sure you use the lowest stimulation level and increase it if the dog does not react to correction.

6.      Do not always use shock during the training. Use the shock when it is the only option remaining; instead try Beep and vibration training modes.

7.      Do not attach a leash while the dog is wearing electronic collar. This will confuse the dog and he/she may run when you use shock on him causing the leash to snap and he can be injured.

8.      Do not over correct the dog i.e. continuously shocking him. Shocks should be fast and not persistent. Over shocking could confuse your dog. Make sure automatic no bark collars do not over shock your dog especially when you are away.

Shock collars when used correctly, they can be a perfect tool for correcting dog behavior and reinforcing already learnt commands. Make sure you take note of all e-collar do’s and don’ts.