Remote Dog Training Tips Book 2
Electronic Dog Training Collars are used for problem solving (such as jumping on people, chasing cars, stealing food, avoiding snakes) or for more general training (such as obedience training or hunting dog training). Aggressive behavior is NOT a suitable candidate for electronic collars under any circumstances without a behavior specialist supervising the activity.
Training should be accomplished at the lowest stimulation level that gets an attention response without causing fear or yipping pain. Your dog should look up at you when he feels the stimulation. His neck muscle might give a small twitch, but no vocalization, lowered ear set, cowering or otherwise showing fear should be apparent. See How to Introduce Your Dog to His Electronic Dog Training Collar
Communication/Stimulation Types: Most companion dog electronic dog training collars use operator-timed continuous communication. Continuous communication lasts as long as you hold the button down (emergency shut off in about 10 sec). Many have Pager or Tone-Only options, which use only a vibration, buzz or tone to alert, direct, or praise the dog. (Vibration is a great tool for training all dogs, but particularly useful in early stage training, for young dogs, or for deaf dogs). Some have praise tones. Unleashed has an electronic dog training collar that uses ONLY adjustable vibration stimulation.
Levels: The more finesse you have to tailor the stimulation to the exact temperament of your dog and the exact circumstances of the situation, the more quickly your dog will respond and the less chance there is of over-correction. Every dog will need at least a couple of different levels depending on the circumstances. You will find that a dog who performs flawlessly in the back yard will need a higher level of stimulation to get his attention when he is outside his usual environment where distractions are high such as in the park or in the field. He may need a higher level still if he is engaged in a "high adrenaline" state such as when chasing a car, another dog or cat, or honed in on the wrong game. Dogs who are wet will need a lower level of correction due the high conductivity of their wet skin that will channel the full effect directly to them.
The number of different settings for stimulation and the way to program them is important and completely individual to each manufacturer and to each electronic dog training collar in their line.
Summary: A trained dog is a happy dog with a happy family. Statistics show that the number one reason for abandoning a dog or giving it up for adoption (frequently to be euthanized) is bad behavior. Proper use of all of the training tools available to prevent such a tragedy is the humane option.
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