Why use an E-collar?
May 10, 2022 Category: Trainer Tips
Chances are if you’re reading this blog you are looking into using a remote training collar with your dog. Is it the right thing for your dog? Will it be beneficial in your relationship with your dog? Will it actually help you to have a say in the behavior your dog is exhibiting? You are not alone in your search for answers. Even I had to have this conversation with myself many years ago - more on that later!
First let’s discuss some great reasons to use a remote training collar:
- Provide the handler with a method to reinforce commands that your dog already knows at a distance.
- Provide a better, faster and clearer form of communication to your dog.
- Improve your dog’s ability to perform behaviors while distracted in a state of high arousal.
- Improve control of your dog’s behaviors both on and off the leash.
- Off-leash reliability, which equates to more freedom for your dog.
- Give your dog a bigger, fuller life - a trained dog is a happy dog.
Now, really think about your goals for your dog’s training and how you envision your life together. Do images of your dog sitting politely in their place as guests come into your home or being able to let your dog explore more freely on a hike pop into your brain? If so, then you are probably the perfect candidate for an e-collar trained dog. Here are some other great goals that can be achieved:
- Come when called - even around high distractions and from a distance.
- Reinforcing behaviors your dog already knows - like holding a sit to receive pets.
- Not picking up harmful things while out on a walk.
- The ability to move your dog away from a tricky or even dangerous situation.
- Going to a station or place and staying there even with lots of distractions.
- Getting control of your dog when aroused in the presence of other animals or people.
I have worked with hundreds of people to increase their comfort and trust in using a remote training collar. Most surprisingly though I actually had to convince myself it was the right tool to use on my dog. As a professional trainer I believed I did not need the e-collar. That the hours of advanced training I put into my dog were enough to give her a full life. My rescue dog, Ivy, is a smart pup who loves to train so why would I need to back that up with stimulation? Well about 2 months after rescuing Ivy she started to show reactivity towards strangers and other dogs. I had a decent level of control over these behaviors but I longed to allow her more freedom. I just couldn’t trust that she would make the correct choice on her own. Through conversations with a fellow trainer, we came to the conclusion that Ivy could not live a full life without the assistance of the e-collar. The extra level of control and communication opened so many doors for us! Ivy can now be off-leash around strangers and dogs (select dogs with proper supervision, no dog parks!). Ivy gets freedom and I get peace of mind. A powerful combination when it comes to building a solid relationship based off of mutual understanding and clarity. Because that is what the e-collar provides - clarity both on and off leash. If you take the time to train your dog on this life changing tool, your dog will have clear communication and expectations in every moment of life. And isn’t that what we are always reaching for? The ability to communicate clearly to our dogs in a way that they understand.
With proper training and conditioning, the remote training collar will bring out the best in your dog. It can be used to correct unwanted behavior but also, more importantly, it can be used to encourage desired behavior. Many people believe the remote training collar is just a punishment tool, when in fact it is also used to encourage behavior making for a better k9 citizen. If you are just getting started on this training journey, check out the online resources on dogtra.com. Once you fully understand your unit and your dog is conditioned to the stimulation, your new life of more freedom and better communication can begin! Happy training!