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Old 07-27-2014, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have started training with the ecollar. It seems to be a magical tool. Briggs is doing awesome and we are now able to take him off leash pretty much anywhere and the few issues we had with him are gone. Overall we are very happy with the training but he is now getting scabs on his neck. I don't understand why this is happening. It has never been turned up high. He just has never needed that. The trainer is not available on Sundays to ask. What am I doing wrong here? He looks forward to putting the collar on and going out to work but I'm afraid to put it on him. Poor guy.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Does he scratch at it? Some dogs will scratch at the collar from the stim. Also, I don't know how long he has the collar on at any one time but I have been told not to leave the collar on in the same place for more than 3 hrs. The probes may rub and cause discomfort, so I move it to the opposite side of the neck. Or move up or down but don't leave it in the same spot for long periods of time. The stim from the collar doesn't cause the scabbing. You also may have it too tight or in some cases too loose. I would just move it to the opposite side of the neck and then have the trainer take a look at it.

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Has he or does he get wet? Maybe he is getting a little irritation going on if he has a collar/probes on wet fur.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for the replies. He does sometimes scratch at it but quickly stops when I tell him to. I do always put the collar on the opposite side of what I had it on before but the scabs are forming on both side. He does sometimes get wet. He loves water so he is in the pool or creek pretty much everyday. I wondered about scabs forming from the stim. I've had it up higher on myself than I ever have on him and I can't imagine that would be causing it. I'm thinking it comes down to the amount of time he is wearing the collar. He does not wear it if he is in the crate or at night. He has it on a lot because the big issue in the house is chasing the cats. We have made a ton of progress on that one. No collar this morning and no chasing cats!
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As others mentioned - the scabs are not from the stim, but from the rubbing of the contacts. How long does he have the collar on at a time? If he has it on all day, you need to re-position it every few hours to prevent irritation.

Is this the type of collar that has a ring for the leash? Do you use the leash attached to the e-collar? I've been taught to not use the e-collar for the leash attachment, as the extra pulling/rubbing can cause irritation. Have a regular collar for the leash in addition to the e-collar.

Another thought is that he may have a local allergic reaction to the metal on the prongs - not sure what to suggest if that is the case.
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You may want to consider switching to the Surface Conductor Grid. It removes direct contact with the skin.

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You may want to consider switching to the Surface Conductor Grid. It removes direct contact with the skin.

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Hmmm. This is interesting. Rocket still wears his backpacking because, well, we've never proofed a direct bear encounter with him. He sometimes gets a scab too, I always attributed it to him being wet and his coat so thick that it irritates it. I'll have to look into it. I'm assuming Dogtra has one?
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Thank you David.
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Hey David, have you used one? It says not recommended for long fur or coat? That kinda sounds like a shepherd. It looks like it would be tough to work it through the coat to make contact.

Rocketdog, have you ever tried putting the contacts to one side or the other a little and cinching it really tight? I find it easier to keep it stable like that and I may be wrong, but I've always thought the skin isn't quite as tender there.
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