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E collars??

I was thinking about getting and E collar for Dodger to help aid in long distance recall, like camping. my questions is..is where can a get a good one? and how do I use it properly? obviously I'd try to find a trainer to teach me how to use it, but how can I start while I find a trainer?

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check out www.loucastle.com, tons of great info on e-collar training

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cool thanks!!!

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i've been considering the same thing. good luck Steph. Riley's recall seems to have disappeared as he thinks sniffing his own pee spot is more important. Gotta work with him on it.... dunno what changed.

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thanks I'm going to try a whistle in the mean time, I need something to break his concentration so he'll come. once his concentration is broke about 90% of the time he'll come. I think the e collar will help me get it to 100% since there's no where I can practice a true off leash come except the desert.

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i have i believe its a 20ft training lead i use because of leash laws and they're not 100% recall reliable but i've considered the whistle too.

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I use that too, I have a 30 ft one, but out here in the desert it's annoying to have a cable tied to the trailer be aide everyone trips over it and he gets tangled in it, plus if he were to get loose I want to make sure he'll come back, right now i tricked him and only have his regular leash on and he's stayed right by me, but I still don't trust him to not come back I he wanders to far away smelling.

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i used to trust Riley no problems and i can still walk him offleash if i want to but his recall isnt the best lately and its not for a lack of working with him. He's ALWAYS had great recall so best i can figure is he is being a butthead about it because he wants to be. Shasta on the other hand.... we're working on it. She comes when she's called but bounds right past me so we're working on that one big time!

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Why an e-collar? Have you exhausted all other means such as practicing the recall at the end of a 30 ft? Broke the recall down in small steps, rewarding along the way? Building the distance up until it's rock solid at any distance/distraction?

My opinion is to exhaust all possibilities before going to an e-collar. If your dog doesn't have a true understanding of what you are asking then adding a correction won't work.

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Why an e-collar? Have you exhausted all other means such as practicing the recall at the end of a 30 ft? Broke the recall down in small steps, rewarding along the way? Building the distance up until it's rock solid at any distance/distraction?

My opinion is to exhaust all possibilities before going to an e-collar. If your dog doesn't have a true understanding of what you are asking then adding a correction won't work.
yes I have, at home he comes just fine off leash when I can have him off leash which is very rare because, as I stated before i really have no where I can practice a true off leash (no leash attached to him) and because wenhave leash laws, but when we're camping there's way too many smells and little critters that he'd much rather chase then come to me, plus there's people on dirt bikes and quads, obviously I won't use it forever, but to help teach him that when he's off leash he still needs to come. He knows when he's not on a leash and when he is. I let him drag his 6 ft leash around and he came just fine with it one. I really so t want him to continue dragging it because it can be a hazard especially out I. the desert.

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