Re: E-collar recalls
My first recommendation would be to actually train with a trainer proficient in the use of e-collars. There is much to be learned besides strapping on the collar and pushing the button. One needs to know WHICH collar is right for their dog. They are not all the same. One needs to learn proper fitting of the collar. A collar too loose will not work as it should. A collar too tight can cause sores. Where to put the contact points on the dog is also important. I was trained never ever to put the stimulation box on the back of the neck. Next is correct stimulation level. If the stimulation is too low, you will not get the results you seek. If it is too high, the collar itself can become the distraction or you could actually cause the dog real pain.
If you cannot find a remote collar trainer, or just for additional information on e-collar training, do read the articles on Lou Castle’s website. He is a wealth of information. I enjoyed reading them and learned from them.
I was taught to use the nick button (and verbal command) for every command that I gave the dog, not just the command that the dog failed to perform. My instructor said that the whole point was to teach the dog to be voice conscious. I wanted the dog to listen to the command and perform it each and every time, not just when the collar was on or the dog was afraid of a correction. Next, I needed to make sure that the dog fully understood the command. Commands were taught in baby steps and if it appeared the dog was confused, I took a step backward. I was also taught not to give a command that I could not enforce. In the beginning, everything was taught on leash or long line so that I could “help” the dog until the command was performed each and every time without the “help”.
My instructor believed that obedience was the key to a great working dog. My two shepherd’s obedience had to be impeccable before I could move on to bite work. A couple of exercises I did with them was during play sessions. In the beginning, each was on a 100 ft long line. I would throw a ball and then have them return to me or sit in midst of the chase for the ball. When we first started, I needed to use the long line to stop them. They were also taught to spit the toy or article out on command.
With my dogs and our client’s dogs, I have found that if the e-collar training has been done correctly and the obedience is there, the distraction(s) matters not. The dog will perform the commands given because they have learned to be voice conscious not collar conscious.
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