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Old 12-10-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would like thoughts on letting a dog without a shock collar on play with a dog who has a shock collar on. Anyone with experience or thoughts?
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The danger would be the same as two dogs playing that are wearing regular collars. There is always the chance a dog may get caught in the other dog's collar. E-collars are worn rather snug, but there is always a chance.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ecollar is a very expensive piece of equipment to possibly get bit/broken by a dog. I believe most are plastic so I can really see a dog biting down and breaking the thing. Other than that I really don't think there is a danger other than what you get with other collars. I'd never let a dog play with a prong on or a choke on, if the other dog gets caught in that collar it might cause some issues due to how those work, but with an ecollar I could just see an expensive broken tool if the other dog bites down on it a bit too hard.
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Is there a reason the handler has the ecollar on for playtime? Otherwise I'd remove it as martemchick posted, not worth damaging or causing injury.
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When we got our ecollar, the info that came with it said not to only use it when you are training or working with the dog but for them to wear it other times so that they don't get fearful of it. I personally don't have an issue with it but it would make me wonder what kind of control the owner has over their dog.


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When we got our ecollar, the info that came with it said not to only use it when you are training or working with the dog but for them to wear it other times so that they don't get fearful of it. I personally don't have an issue with it but it would make me wonder what kind of control the owner has over their dog.


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That's a huge issue for me right there. I've never had a shepherd that wasn't collar smart. Didn't matter how much a particular collar was used. Ecollars *are* training collars, so only wearing it during training makes more sense. If your dog is fearful of it, then you have the wrong tool for that dog or you need help in how to use it properly IMO. I can't imagine it would be comfortable for a dog to lay with an Ecollar on or a prong on. Both can cause sores on the skin if left on.
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We use an ecollar. I followed the instruction about leaving it on at times when NOT in training so the dog does not become collar smart. It worked perfectly. We left the collar on randomly for several hours at a time, other than when it was being used for training. Liesl never had a problem with it, and never got averse to us putting it on her. In fact, since I walk her in the evening off leash with the ecollar as a backup control, she associates it with going for a walk and will lick it when I try to put it on her.

We were careful to rotate the location of the contacts (also as the instructions say) to avoid creating sores, and to buckle it a little more loosely when not training with it, for the same reason.

I would not leave it on a dog when playing with another dog. It should not be used when dogs are playing with each other. Find another time to have your dog wear the collar.
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how old is your dog? do you know how to use an e-collar?

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Would like thoughts on letting a dog without a shock collar on play with a dog who has a shock collar on. Anyone with experience or thoughts?
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My dog is a 12 week old female GSD puppy who does not wear a shock collar. My friend's GSD is a male 18 months old wearing a shock collar. The male dog has behavior issues and the owner wants it on him during play " just in case" he gets too rough with my pup.

We have had one play day. The male dog acted ok during the one hour and only got shocked upon introduction. I was very nervous during the play because the male dog weighs 80 pounds and my pup weighs 22 pounds. And, I knew the behavior issue history. But, my friend was ready to pull the trigger at any time.

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If your friend's dog, at 18 months, hasn't figured out how to play properly with a dog / puppy why would you try it with an e-collar? And an e-collar should NOT be used for this type of behaviour. What's your friend going to do if his dog thinks the shock comes from your pup? How's his dog going to react then?

An e-collar can be a great tool to use ... if you know what you are doing. By the way I've read your post ... your friend doesn't appear to have a clue how to PROPERLY use an e-collar.

Kyleigh is 18 months, weighs 60 pounds (weighed her last week!) and LOVES to play with a (SIGH from me - so not my "type" of dog) miniature white poodle. She has played with him since she was 12 weeks old and they absolutely ADORE each other. As she grew up / out she learned to temper her manner of play. The poodle has NEVER had to "put her in her place."

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and you'll let this dog play with your puppy???? I think you need to "rethink" your decision ... but that's just my two cents ...
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