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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-01-2007, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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E-Collar for the out?

I have always had great success with teaching the out when starting with a young dog. I am currently working a 2 year old GSD male that has a very high drive and when he is tugging on the tug, retrieving the ball, aggression work on the sleeve he takes his time to out, usually after 7 or so commands. Another local handler advised that his Mal. was the same way, and he corrected it within a week with an e-collar...Whats the good and bad of doing it with the E.? My dog is a harder dog that doesnt cower or get scared of anything. He has tremendous drive with aggression and play, but need to certify in a few weeks, and want a long term fix.
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Re: E-Collar for the out?

An e-collar can work, but to be fair to the dog he will need to go through an introduction that can take a couple of weeks. I like how Lou Castle introduces the collar.
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Just remember that if done wrong the e-collar may fix the problem short term, but it could also make a huge mess and make the problem worse. You might also email Lou and see if he can give you some help. He does or use to work PSD.

I would also work on teaching the dog that outing brings good things by waiting him out and then rewarding him for outing with a quick rebite or game.

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Re: E-Collar for the out?

An e-collar is certainly a useful tool. Particularly in a high drive dog during such a self reinforcing behavior such as bite work. I second the suggestion of visiting Lou Castle's website. He, in my opinion, has a unique way of using the e-collar that can be very beneficial. More importantly, having been a trainer of police dogs, for a large police department, Mr. Castle understands the high level of drive a dog such as you describe, can attain.

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Re: E-Collar for the out?

I am very new to the whole dog training thing but just wanted to throw this out there. I spend time with our Police K9 unit and the trainer was having the same problem with his dog. He was very hard to out on the sleeve. His dog was trained using the Kong so he would take two Kongs, give one to the dog. He would give the out command and throw second Kong to the ground. The dog would out his Kong and retrieve the second one. He would retrieve the first and repeat the excercise several times. I believe it is along the same lines as Lisa mentioned. That the dog learns when he outs, he still gets a reward. He would play this game a few times a day for a few minutes. He did say that he was starting to notice a difference, however, shortly after the dog died suddenly so I can't tell you how it turned out in the long run.
He has started training a new dog and used this from the beginning. He has had no problems whatsoever with the new dog.
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Re: E-Collar for the out?

There certainly are different philosophies in dog training. Mine however is; when the I tell the dog to out, he outs. I'm not going to trade him. I wouldn't use a ball or a tug toy as a reinforcement for a patrol "bite" dog. I'm not going to throw a ball for him in actual situations and I don't want the possibility of someone else throwning a ball and the dog releasing.

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Re: E-Collar for the out?

i understand what you are saying. It is not used during bitework.

Like I said I am new to this. He explained the game to me but I certainly cannot fully explain his training methods. I am in no position to make arguments for or against any training methods. Just a suggestion.
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Re: E-Collar for the out?

I think what novarobin is referring to is outing the dog when playing two-ball or two-tug at home. Not throwing a ball to try to get the dog off the man.

We use tugs and balls for obedience training and do use the out/reward method there. Lock up the toy, out the dog, dog lets go, toy comes alive again. The dog quickly learns that letting go is the way to restart the fun and this helps get the dog into the habit of happily outing on command.

While this habit forming can help in bitework it certainly doesn't transfer directly. The drives and levels of drive a dog is in during bitework are on a whole different level than when playing ball. A strong dog who is working in fight/aggression when on the man isn't going to let go for a ball, and just because he'll out his ball when in prey drive playing doesn't mean he's going to out right away when fighting a person. It's just apples and oranges. And likely a degree of compulsion is going to be needed when it comes to the out in the bitework.


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I understand what you are saying. When we train single purpose drug or explosives detectors or for that matter, dual trained, patrol/detector, the principle is still the same. Out means out. While using a second ball can work, it really hasn't taught the dog to out.

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Re: E-Collar for the out?

If your dog is outing, but just doing it slow...I'd go with the advice of giving a re-bite as soon as the dog outs....then doing a series of outs/re-bites, without much time lapse between. I've seen it work well with both schutzhund and police dogs. They learn that they get a reward if they out the toy/sleeve....so they don't associate the out with always losing the toy. It has worked well for my dog. Of course, I have to balance it with corrections on a pinch collar also....because he has to know that even if he doesn't believe he will get another bite he still has to out. After my dog was outing consistently on the first command, then I made it more variable.....sometimes he would get a bite right away...sometimes not.
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Re: E-Collar for the out?

When I am working on out, I will give a random re-bite.(when I am holding the sleeve). When she holds a "suspect" in a bite suit, she gets her kong when she "outs" and returns to the heel position. She occassionally will not release on the first command, maybe she is just too wound up maybe she is ignoring me. The e collar is a fairly good way to grab her attention. My department has a mali that will not recall at least half the time durring training. After the first failed recall, his handler will put on the e collar and the dog is a totally different animal. With consistent training, the dog should "out" on the first command....SHOULD being the key word. The K-9 unit supervisor litterally has to pull his shepherd off of the sleeve/suit/suspect. He says that it leaves the dog wanting more. Personally, I will take a good "out" or recall any day of the week.

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