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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2014, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Did you ever use Electric Collars ?

Did anyone use electric collars on their GSDs while training for Schutzhund ? We train Enzo on prong collar but have never used the electric ones before.
Any thoughts ?

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we don't do schutzhund other than the rally stuff. and yes we use one. but it's not for training. it's for correcting if the dog has a brain fart, loses focus, or flat out disobeys a command they are already trained to do while off leash.
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Yes. I do. I have a Tritonics.

And scarfish - you absolutely can "train" with it. It's all in how you use it. The stim can be a command just as a correction.




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I have used e-collars on both of my pups. Smokey is a husky and does well with an e-collar off leash. If you know something about huskies, they've a tendency to RUN like mad. The e-collar gives him a lot of freedom. C:
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Yes. I do. I have a Tritonics.

And scarfish - you absolutely can "train" with it. It's all in how you use it. The stim can be a command just as a correction.
interesting. we don't really use it that way. to be honest i only nicked julie like 3 times ever. she does well with voice commands/corrections.
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interesting. we don't really use it that way. to be honest i only nicked julie like 3 times ever. she does well with voice commands/corrections.
It is. I really like the way I"m being taught to use it. It's used more as a stimulator than as a correction. More GO GO GO not NO NO NO.

So I guess, in the end, it is a correction because it's putting them back on track but done in a different way. Does that make sense?




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Ditto, the collars are really meant to be used in training. I'm a bit confused that you DONT use it in training, yet expect the dog to understand what it means when you use it as a correction. Used properly you train something and use the collar as another training tool, such as replacing the leash to do off lead work and still be able to give your dog information while hands off. When properly introduced and trained this way, then yes you can do things such as stim for correction or "dial up" in an emergency, but I don't understand how the dog would understand what it meant if the training wasn't done first.


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I use e-collars. With proper usage, they are one of, if not the most, effective training devices around. I have heard, and like, the following comparison:

Using the e-collar is like using a pneumatic nailer to build a house versus using hammer and nail. It can be done both ways but the more efficiently with the pneumatic nailer.

One should consult a proper trainer to learn how to use the collar. Like other correction devices, it can be used to kill drive and extinguish behavior or used as a motivator to make behaviors quicker. It is a very nuanced tool that should not be taken lightly.

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Yes, mine are Dogtra.

It's a 'tool,' bun one you need to learn how to use properly.

Please take the time to learn the proper way to implement this tool.

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Yes. I have a tritronics pro 500, Dogtra 1200 NC (old collar) and a Dogtra 2300 NCP.

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