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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ecollar, where to get it?

Hello, I have been struggling with my dog’s reactivity for a year now. We have been working with a better trainer now. A trainer that kind of gets our dog, and he has gotten him into a better position, in fact, a few weeks ago we take him to Albuquerque, and we have taken him to public places such as cafes here in Mexico, it was quite good in the summer, he would barely react to either one person or one dog but really sporadically.
Turns out I went abroad for my PhD, but for personal and familiar reasons decided no to stay there. Yet I did spend some money on that trip (that I am still paying).
We joined our trainer in Mexico once more after three weeks, which means, we joined again a month ago.
But somehow my dog is being again really reactive with people (while on leash). Not sure why. We were much better in the summer. He could see people in a really short distance, we could interact.
It could have been the time, or my trainer’s later ‘bright’ ideas or experiments with him. He has been putting another person at the group to walk him and she is really scare of him.
Anyway, I have been reading a lot about the Ecollar, and it sounds like a great deal cause it would help me and my sister to solidify his obedience and probably help us deal with his 'On again' reactivity.
The thing is, the more he reacts, the more nervous we get when taking him out. Hence, we are starting the circle again. I dont want that again for our lives (he is 105lb and I am 105lb)

I am from Mexico, and getting a good Ecollar is expensive here, even if I get it through Amazon and have it ship to my relatives in Arizona. I make my living as a part time professor at the University (it helps my CV for later doctorates), but it is a terrible way to make money. Hence, I was thinking about getting a 60-70 dollar one from amazon, but the more I read and the more videos I watch, keep getting me into the idea of getting a Mini Educator or a Dogtra IQ plus or better the 280C.
To be honest, affording either of the 'good ones' is out of my budget, I pay a monthly trainer, and I kinda live (Gas is really expensive here), but I do not want to put a cheap piece of trash on my dog’s neck, hence, I do wonder, would it be too bad to get either of them used in Ebay or at Collarclinic.com?
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You need to get a new one. Dogtra Q Plus is excellent. If you get one used with a worn battery or collar, you will need to send it in for a replacement battery, which could run a lot with shipping. If you use a collar, absolutely work with a good trainer or it could make your dog worse.
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You need to get a new one. Dogtra Q Plus is excellent. If you get one used with a worn battery or collar, you will need to send it in for a replacement battery, which could run a lot with shipping. If you use a collar, absolutely work with a good trainer or it could make your dog worse.
That's what I feel, if I buy used I might end up with something bad...

From the Mini Educator (which honestly is my favorite, but can make it into the budget), Dogtra 280 and Dogtra iq plus, the latest one is the cheapest at around $150. I could probably make it to that one.

https://www.amazon.com/Dogtra-iQ-Plu.../dp/B00HDFBXF6

But in the reviews in Amazon, they show a picture with a burn dog. Is it a deffective collar or probably a bad use of it? or is it bad to get it from amazon?

This the Dogtra 280c but refurbished or used, not sure.

https://www.collarclinic.com/product...dogtra280.html




I must also add, we would keep working with a trainer for this as well.

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I personally wouldn't buy an e-collar off amazon. The company has a huge problem with counterfeit goods across many products. Especially ones that are not sold directly by amazon. I would try to find the best deal you can from a well known pet store or directly from the manufacturer's website. I agree you should buy new. You would get a warranty.

I also would use caution with the idea of using an e-collar for reactivity. You will need to work with a trainer that is familiar with the proper use of an e-collar and be taught the proper use yourself. E-collars can be a very useful training tool but only if you used correctly. Incorrect/poor use of an e-collar can ruin a dog.

I personally(not an expert) don't think e-collars are the best tool for reactivity.
You said you had made progress before you went abroad with training. I would fall back to that training as it worked. Having a handler with lack of confidence is likely a big part of your dogs setback.
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I personally wouldn't buy an e-collar off amazon. The company has a huge problem with counterfeit goods across many products. Especially ones that are not sold directly by amazon. I would try to find the best deal you can from a well known pet store or directly from the manufacturer's website. I agree you should buy new. You would get a warranty.

I also would use caution with the idea of using an e-collar for reactivity. You will need to work with a trainer that is familiar with the proper use of an e-collar and be taught the proper use yourself. E-collars can be a very useful training tool but only if you used correctly. Incorrect/poor use of an e-collar can ruin a dog.

I personally(not an expert) don't think e-collars are the best tool for reactivity.
You said you had made progress before you went abroad with training. I would fall back to that training as it worked. Having a handler with lack of confidence is likely a big part of your dogs setback.

Thank you. I will look for other websites, probably petco or petsmart as well. The thing is that some sites like amazon have a friendlier platform for foreign cards from outside of the US, but I have bought from petco before. Educator and Dogtra have both their own websites, would it be better to buy directly from them?

My trainer suggested the Ecollar twice through the last 6 months, but I was reluctant, mainly because things were moving forward, the way we were working.

We would keep working with our trainer as we have had through all the last few months. He has been gone for the last 6 days for a seminar or workshop, but I am going to get advice on the purchase of the Ecollar (I just like to also get some information from other places as well). I would like to first introduce the ecollar not for the reactivity issues but for obedience itself, to reinforce it (then the reactivity).

Regarding confidence. We had a lot of confidence, but as soon as the barking/lunging started again around three weeks ago, I am not gonna lie, I have been nervous again (just like when this started the first time or worse). But I will work on that, I will keep working on that.
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@CAROLINM I want to clarify that when I wrote of an unconfident handler I wasn't meaning you. I was referring to what you wrote:
<It could have been the time, or my trainer’s later ‘bright’ ideas or experiments with him. He has been putting another person at the group to walk him and she is really scare of him.>

If she is afraid of him her fear travels down the leash thus making him feel there is something to be afraid of which in turn likely contributed to his fearful reactivity.

I'm confident that going back to the basics of your foundation work that you will be successful moving forward with your boys reactivity issues.

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Why not rent one?
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I read the reviews for Dogtra IQ. With that many malfunctioning collars, they are either selling used ones or knockoffs. You can buy directly from the company and know you are getting a brand new unit and remote. The company is very responsive to customers, so unless they were rude, the customer service complaints don’t make sense either. They probably have a lot of people using collars for a month or two then returning for refunds, which could be why their return policy window is small.

That burn was caused by misuse. The collar needs to be tight enough that it can’t move on its own or by scratching and should never be placed directly under the neck. It should be on one side or the other below the ear and not near the soft skin of the neck. It also should not be used at a very high level or too much. That was owner error, caused by shocking the dog often in the same spot, probably at a high level. That is abuse. The collar should be moved several times a day from one side to the other if left on or should only be on for a short time. There are different ways to use it. One is only as a recall device, and once the dog is conditioned, it can be transitioned from shock to vibration. Another is for reactivity but if it’s not used properly, it can make it worse. Another is to reinforce training, using a low level of stimulation and on the dog for long periods of time, but used only when absolutely needed. If the dog is given an opportunity to respond to a command and doesn’t, a low level click should remind them to follow the direction. It must be paired with a perfectly timed command or the dog doesn’t understand why it is being stimulated.

Please only get one if you are sure you can use it correctly. Used incorrectly, an ecollar can damage a dog. I have used one with a trainer, and now mine doesn’t need it at all. It should be temporary and used the way it’s meant to be used.
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Look for a used Dogtra 1900. it's a solid collar and one that have used daily for a long time.

The replacement batteries are cheap.

There is one on Ebay for $95 right now.
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Ebay is a fine source.

I like GunDogSupply- they really know the equipment and are an honest company.
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