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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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dog new to e-collar

how would you introduce a mature, trained/titled GSD to the electric collar?

do you have a favorite exercise to teach the dog how the e-collar works?

do you just put it on and start correcting with electric instead of lead and collar corrections?

I have a trainer/mentor, but we will not start training again until spring. Just wondering how other trainers get it done.

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No. You do not put it on and just start correcting. That's a good way to ruin the dog on the collar.

I would contact your trainer to learn how to use it. If not, read Lou Castle's site.
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does a mature, trained and titled GSD need an e-collar??

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how would you introduce a mature, trained/titled GSD to the electric collar?
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Sheryl, I've never used one myself but the way I was shown (observing a few other people train their dogs) was that they first use it to teach something easy. The person I observed used a place board with each of the dogs. They trained the dog a "place" command and would apply the pressure until the dog got on the board, and then apply pressure anytime the dog got off the board before it was given a release command. The first few times the dog was helped/led onto the board. The way I understood was that it uses a pretty simple exercise to show the dog how to turn off the pressure, both -R (stimming the dog with the command until he gets on the board) and +P (stimming the dog as a correction for leaving the board). Again, haven't used one myself and don't plan to, but that is what I observed.
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does a mature, trained and titled GSD need an e-collar??
I believe I know the dog in question, a very nice dog with very good training and great potential. I don't use an e-collar so I can't say what is appropriate for someone else and their dog. It may be just the tool the dog needs to take the performance to the next level.
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The same way I'd teach any dog. Lou's method.

A mature, titled, obedient dog could still benefit from an ecollar. Building speed for example

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I agree with Lies - to review a known behavior. I know people that train using "crate" as the tool - very clear and black and white for the dog.
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"Thank you", to those who described specific exercises. I have also seen the place-boards used for this, and holding a wooden dowell.

I like Dobb's site better than lou castle. <http://dobbsdogs.com/library/index.html>
But just skimmed them both so far.
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I would go with Lou's methods over the Dobb's (I am very familiar with both). I think it is much clearer to the dogs and this is what I use for my own dogs and the dogs I help with the e-collar intro.

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