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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
When using the collar as a way to guide the dog into a behavior, instead of just a correction collar, you want the ability to be able to subtly adjust the stim level up and down depending on the response from the dog. Simple explanation.
Say I am working on attention. I found the dog's working level, maybe 15 today, the dog looks away and I give them a correction, they give me attention, but then something distracts them again. I give them another correction and they jump or yelp or cry. I have changed nothing, but all of a sudden the stim is too high. I don't like that and have had it happen time and again with certain collars. This is just a simple answer and describes the use of the collar for corrections and not when guiding the dog into position. I have also had problems when looking for the right level to start, have the dog show no indication of feeling the collar, go up slightly and they yelp. That is lack of consistency.
I have been using e-collars for different reasons for over 13 years so am not inexperienced (bought my first collar from Lou and he was also my first teacher). I want consistency so I am fair to my dog.
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