Trainer Profile: Jeff Pelayo
October 2, 2016 Category: Trainer Profile
Jeff Pelayo: AWA Gundogs
Ecollar of Choice: Dogtra ARC & Dogtra Edge RT
Jeff typically takes on about 10 dogs at the beginning of each season in the Spring, and works with them through the Summer and in to early Fall.
Part of what makes Jeff unique, is allowing his clients a first hand look at their dog’s progress through social media. Jeff maintains a very active online presence on Facebook and Instagram and has amassed a substantial following along with some outstanding content.
“I’m a huge believer in social media from a business perspective. It allows my clients to see exactly how their dog is doing from their phone or computer.” Jeff has always loved photography and has implemented it as a core piece of his business.
“When you use these products every day as a pro trainer, the durability of some of these units gets exposed. That’s what was happening with my old Tri-Tronics units.”
Jeff uses the Dogtra Edge RT for his day to day training and likes it because of the longer charge and the simplicity of the combo buttons.
“I really like the combo buttons, but I didn’t like how fast the buttons on my other units would wear out and stop working. I don’t have that problem with my Dogtra units."
From a technical standpoint, Jeff is a firm believer in the importance of the e-collar and feels theres a definite misunderstanding of e-collars in the general consumer market.
“E-collars get a bad reputation because of accessibility and lack of knowledge. Almost all of the bad things I hear people say about e-collars comes from lack of knowledge. People don’t understand that the e-collar is to reinforce known commands. Too many times, people just go to the store and slap any e-collar on their dog and just expect it to work. A lot of my job is to be an educator to owners on proper use of the e-collar."
“Unfortunately, a lot of times, I need to recalibrate some of the dogs. They’ve been exposed to too much e-collar pressure, and need to be readjusted to enjoy the e-collar with a lot of positive reenforcement.”