Dog Training Shock Collar Tips
Edward R. Forte
October 12, 2021
Training & Behavior
This is why we advise you to work with your dog and show him the behavior that you expect from him.If you start using the collar right away, your dog will feel that that the collar is the problem.Using it after a week can help you to make him think that it is his bad behavior that is causing the discomfort, which is what you want.This is a complete misconception, increasing the frequency can confuse your pooch about what is expected of him and he can start behaving awkwardly.In regards to using higher correction or intensity, it is good to start from the lower levels and keep working with your dog.Do not let your dog see you using the shock collar; this can help you from preventing him from thinking that you are the reason behind the unpleasant experience. .
How and Why to Train Your Dog With an Electronic Collar
Trainers of working dogs enforcing commands from a distance embraced the earliest models.At level 1, where most of my canines are, the sensation is barely perceivable.As pro trainer Bill Grimmer pointed out, a remote training collar is analogous to the seat belt beeper in your car.You have to establish expectations and communicate them in a way that the subject will understand.Let’s say that your furry friend responds nearly 100 percent of the time when they are on a lead.Say, for example, you’re on an outing when your dog scents and sights a deer.Before you start collar conditioning, your pup must know its basic obedience commands.This level of obedience allows me to take them wherever I go – from hikes in Colorado’s Weminuchee Wilderness to remote camps in Alaska, where really big bears are encountered every day.You want them to associate the collar with walks, going out, and playing.They should be used to the collar as a part of everyday life.They rock a name tag, and we’ve marked the collars up with our contact info.They start at barely perceptible to the human hand and go up from there.When training, I adjust my dog’s collar a notch tighter than usual.My guideline for short- to medium-hair dogs is how many fingers I can slip underneath their collar.Sit your pup in front of you. Set the stimulation level to its lowest setting.Work up from the lowest stimulation level, until your furry friend seems annoyed by something.The response that you are looking for is not a yelp or pain.It will be like a fly buzzing around your BFF’s head, an annoyance – nothing more.Barrowclough said, “[Canines] feel pain but their reactions to it are much different than humans.If you see an overt reaction, it is probably a level of discomfort that would be very unacceptable to humans.If they will not reliably sit when told, then take a giant step back in your training.You, the trainer with a superior intellect, have not fully trained your canine to sit.Every time you give the “come” command, be prepared to issue stimulation if they do not obey.Furthermore, treat every time you issue the “come” command as a learning opportunity for your dog.As the party with superior intellect, you need to look for and anticipate these situations.Deeley nicely summarized it by saying, “The e-collar is a training tool that enhances communication, provides consistent reliable feedback even at increasing distance, and it creates a positive relationship with reduced stress between the dog and handler to help accomplish training goals.”.Too often, I have seen handlers and owners turn stimulation up past the place where it is an annoyance.If you’re having a bad day, don’t even turn your pup’s collar on.And, as a follow up to this piece, here are three mid-level e-collars that I recommend.
A flat collar should fit comfortably on your dog's neck; it should not be so tight as to choke your dog nor so loose that they can slip out of it.It is also useful for a dog of any breed who is adept at slipping out of their collar or for fearful dogs who may try to retreat while out on a walk.The leash attaches to a ring on this loop.When your dog tries to back out of the martingale, the collar tightens around their neck.Head collar.Because the halter is around your dog's muzzle, instead of their neck, your dog loses a great deal of leverage and they are unable to pull on the leash with the full weight of their body.Don't leave the head collar on your dog all the time; eventually they will manage to pull off the muzzle loop and use it as their chew toy! .
How To Use An Electronic Dog Training Collar
Like other types of dog training collars such as pinch collars or choke chains, electric collars deliver an unpleasant sensation, from a distance, to interrupt your dog without the use of brute force.Training with a remote collar can be divided into two general categories: stopping unwanted behaviors and reinforcing learned commands.Electric shock collars are never used to introduce new commands or to punish your dog, nor should they be used on pups under six months.It is important that your dog associates the correction with the command or unwanted behavior and not the with the e-collar.If your dog becomes aware that the correction is coming from the collar he will become what is called “collar-wise.” Meaning that when he wears the collar he will not misbehave but when it is off he will do as he pleases.To do this you begin with the stimulation set at zero on the remote, fit the collar properly on your dog’s neck and let your dog explore the training area.This is the level at which you will begin training.For this type of training, you will want to set the shock collar to Momentary and at the predetermined stimulation level discussed above.This will send an annoying pulse to your dog’s neck that he will associate with the target behavior.If your dog does not respond continue tapping and increase the level until he stops.When reinforcing a learned command, you will use the exact opposite technique as for stopping an unwanted behavior: with one you add stimulation, with the other you subtract stimulation.Whereas to stop a behavior you introduce or add stimulation to startle your pet into ceasing the activity, to reinforce a behavior, you will remove stimulation when your dog responds correctly to the command.You will give your dog a command, and he will receive stimulation until he obeys the command.If he stops before he reaches you or turns away, begin tapping again, repeat the command and tug on the lead.Eventually he will make that connection, and when he does, you will have reached a new level of communication with him. .
How to Use a Shock Collar Correctly
Here are all of the dog aggression equipment, collars, harnesses, and pet products that we recommend.There are many euphemisms for shock collars because it turns out that electrocuting your dog doesn’t sell products well.We must acknowledge that all animals have a voice, rights, preferences, autonomy, and feelings.Your dog wants to be free, loved, and happy just like all living beings.The first thing you should know is that there are no regulations in dog training and behavior.Many archaic and confused “trainers” would have you believe that you have to dominate your dog for a dog to learn who’s boss and in charge.The sad irony is that shock collars cause more dog training and behavior problems than prevent.Because emotions are attached to every dog behavior and don’t happen in a vacuum.An even more important question to ask is, what other training, behavior, and emotional problems arise by shocking a dog?There are none if you care about your dog’s training, welfare, happiness, and wellbeing.In other words, if your dog was lunging to meet a friend or loved one, now your dog has associated them with the fear and pain they just experienced with the shock.What was your dog looking at or somatosensory perceiving, when he got shocked?This is vital to understand and are two very different realities!As you can see in these common examples, now your dog’s initial fear or aggression is intensified, created, or justified regardless of why your dog was lunging, to begin with.Therefore shock collar use does not fall under teaching at all because nothing new is acquired or learned.Stopping or reducing a behavior is not teaching the dog anything new.Here’s are more evidence-based scientific reasons why it is impossible to use a shock collar effectively or humanely.If this does not occur, it doesn’t fall under the definition of punishment and is abuse.The three conditions that must be present concurrently in order for a vibration or an E-collar to stop a dog’s behavior are easy to remember with the acronym PIE:.Since feelings and pain are individual-based and impossible to know what anyone else is feeling and the “correct” level of electrical current delivery (even if we wear the shock collar ourselves it would feel entirely different to another unique person or dog), this step alone is impossible to accomplish.Every single time – As mentioned above, you cannot punish a dog once for something and be done with it.If a dog gets punished (or reinforced, depending upon your dog’s perception and frequency of their behavior decreasing or increasing contingent upon the stimulus) every so often that he performs a behavior, the shock won’t reduce or stop the problem behavior.Lastly, of equal importance is understanding what and how a Conditioned Punisher works.It is impossible for an expert certified dog trainer and behaviorist such as myself to deliver any one of these conditions flawlessly, nevertheless, all of them, every single time and immediately after every problem behavior presents itself.Now, there is a void and you need to teach your dog an appropriate behavior.All of the same PIE conditions must be paired concurrently with any behavior.Slowing down or reducing a behavior is not enough and I have never met a parent in 30 years of dog training that just wants their dog to reduce the amount of time their dog pees or poops in the house, destroys the rug, pulls on the leash, growls at a child, etc. We don’t want to reduce our dog from, counter-surfing, or eating our shoes, we want those behaviors to stop in addition to learning a new appropriate behavior!So this type of punishment is not very practical to begin with.Many people mistakenly believe that larger dog breeds like German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and other large working dogs need shock collars to “behave” in stressful environments where training errors could cost lives.If a police officer, military or the Navy Seals want their working dogs to be more obedient and to listen more attentively, perform skills with greater precision, accuracy, speed, and improved latency, the training used should be only positive reinforcement dog training and not some other methods of dog training.As a Los Angeles dog trainer, I constantly clean up and repair broken relationships, poor behavior, and shoddy training advice given by confused traditional or balanced dog trainers.Being a pet parent, dog trainer, or educator is about establishing healthy relationships and friendships.When was the last time anyone got bullied or forced into being someone’s best friend?Someone with great power does not lead by force, intimidation, or fear.As Albert Einstein duly noted, “Force always attracts men of low morality.” Compassion equals power and courage.Your adrenal gland secretes cortisol and sends it spiking higher when the body or mind is stressed.Punishment does not work to heal nor address the underlying fear and emotion the dog is going through and only throws a dog’s homeostasis more out of whack.There are innumerable dangers that result from using punitive, painful, and forceful dog training methods.Here are all of the dog aggression equipment, collars, harnesses and pet products that we recommend.However, in either case, these are all training tools and not teaching.We teach dogs behaviors and cues we want them to learn with rewards, engagement, fun, and interest, by their own choice, not by shocking them or causing fear and pain when they do something that we don’t want them to do.However, the argument is moot; does it really matter which method works better?Of course, that is patently false and has been repudiated by decades of scientific and behavioral research but for argument’s sake let’s entertain this notion.This abusive style of dog “training” and corporal punishment in schools is not acceptable.Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is also a science, just as the field of medicine.Here are some pertinent questions to ask oneself before using a shock collar:.Do you smack your 2-3-year-old toddler in the head or squirt them in the face with a water bottle when they are scared or are not listening to you?If someone pulled out a shotgun and held it to my head and then asked me if I wanted my favorite food or tried to teach me something new would I learn or perform?As previously mentioned, stress, not eustress (good stress), is harmful to the mind, body, emotion, and spirit, and something we often have the ability to mitigate.Even science shows that force-free positive reinforcement dog training not only achieves the fastest, most effective, efficient, and long-term results but it accomplishes this in the most humane and compassionate way.Here are all of the dog aggression equipment, collars, harnesses and pet products that we recommend.“Absolutely, without exception, I oppose, will not recommend, and generally spend large amounts of time telling people why I oppose the use of shock collars, prong collars, choke collars, and any other type of device that is rooted in an adversarial, confrontational interaction with the dog.”.“Until these devices are illegal, consumers must protect themselves and their dogs by looking beyond the marketing messages of those who profit from their sale and use. .
Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term
Only training sessions were used in which no shocks were delivered and the behaviour of the dogs (position of body, tail and ears, and stress-, pain- and aggression-related behaviours) was recorded in a way that enabled comparison between the groups.Even a comparison between the behaviour of C-dogs with that of S-dogs during free walking and obedience exercises in a park showed similar differences. .
5 Reasons not to use a shock collar
Using aversive training methods based on fear and pain may result in your dog avoiding you, or even becoming aggressive with you. Using humane training based on rewards instead of punishment addresses unwanted behaviours without jeopardizing the special relationship you share with your pet.While punishment-based tools like shock collars can result in changes in your dog’s behaviour, studies have shown that positive, reward-based training is just as effective.Shock collars can harm your dog.Use of shock collars can also habituate your pet to pain and cause increases in aggression and fear-based behaviours. .
How to Use Shock Collar
The dog’s handler uses a remote control to trigger a static electric shock from those prongs to the dog’s skin. .