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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Yes, let him wear the collar around the house and on walks for a few weeks before you start training with it - otherwise if it only goes on for training, he will get collar wise.
The main thing about having the collar on is to move it around every few hours to prevent the contacts from causing pressure sores, and to let the skin breathe where the points contact the skin. When people talk about e-collar burns, they are NOT electrical burns, they are pressure sores, allergic reaction to the metal, or other issues due to moisture being trapped under the collar and not getting a chance to dry because the collar is left on too long.
I would not leave the collar on him when you are not there to supervise. Okay to put it on and off several times a day, it will become like just another collar to him.
Appropriate, low-level epcollar stimulation training is very humane and effective, and is even better for some very sensitive dogs who can shut down from being yelled at by their owners - no learning occurs when a dog is this stressed. So Rants about shocking the dog and not being able to control a strong dog are completely off-topic, and such attacks are un-called for.
Please all, post HELPFUL and RESPECTFUL advice - this is not a public forum for rudeness.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015