WHO Should Use an E-collar?
August 26, 2022 Category: Trainer Tips
To use or not to use an E-collar…that is the question! A question many owners ask but don’t ever find the real answer to.
The bottom line is that the remote training collar works to offer better, clearer, more efficient communication between you and your dog. It allows an almost instant channel to offer guidance and reinforcement of commands your dog already has been taught. Providing clarity and instant reinforcement in any situation and at any distance. So, in theory, an E-collar is a good choice for every dog owner, but are you right for the E-collar is the key question?
Let’s start by first discussing your goals. Not just your training goals but the goals that you have in mind for life with your dog. A remote training collar can help to open up freedom for your dog allowing more hikes, beach visits, or social time with other dogs. But what if you aren’t an outdoorsy person? An E-collar can also get you more control on walks in the neighborhood and the ability to peacefully open your door to get your pizza delivered.
Your dog will need to be mentally prepared in the form of foundational, obedience training before beginning to condition the E-collar. That means the behaviors you plan to enforce using static stimulation need to be in place long before you start to use your E-collar. This is done through many repetitions with your dog on leash. You may need to seek the help of a professional trainer in your area to reach the level of obedience necessary to begin E-collar training. These all too important building blocks will set your dog up for success. The better your dog’s obedience is on the leash, the easier the e-collar conditioning will be.
You, the owner, will have to make a commitment to continue training with your dog. This means continuing to educate your dog both on and off the E-collar in a way that helps your dog reach their full potential. It is not fair to your dog to slap an E-collar on them once every couple of months when you expect better behavior. Your dog’s training is something that has to be maintained. This means if you don’t use it, you lose it! In order for this valuable form of communication to be utilized correctly, your dog will require a working knowledge of what you want from them. A knowledge that only comes from continuing education.
You, the owner, will also require training in how to properly use the E-collar! This can come in many different ways such as guidance from a local trainer, online platforms, or from Dogtra resources. You want to have a comprehensive understanding of your unit:
- Turning on the collar and transmitter.
- Changing the levels.
- Learning your dog’s working levels and understanding that the levels change based on many factors. To learn more about your dog’s working level. Click HERE.
- Identify the Nick and Continuous static stimulation buttons and learn which is best suited for your dog.
- How to comfortably hold the transmitter, so you do not touch the antenna and thus interrupt signal.
- The placement of the collar on your dog, high on the neck and off to one side of the windpipe is best.