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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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question for e-collar people

Has anyone used the e-collar for avoidance of a movable object?

My reason would be to train the dogs that when, say a dedicated object like orange cone, was in an area that they should not go there.

But an area that is normally a common space.

To be used when little grandchildren are playing on the floor or when you have company that aren't 'dog' people over - put cone at entrance to the room only on these times and allow dogs there otherwise.

The cone becoming an object to avoid.

Think it would work?


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It would probably work but seems like you'd have to use the "positive punishment" quadrant which means associating the cone with the shock. I'm not against punishment and corrections but in this case I might be more likely to get a certain mat/towel/rug for the dog and train the dog a "go to mat" command so they have to lie down and stay on the mat.
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I have the Invisible fence brand system and we also got the portable barrier system. I never use it, we bought it for our pond and it wasn't needed, but if the dog is trained on an e-fence, the barrier system works well. The beep will have them back off as they learned with the fence perimeters beep.
You could try to teach it without an e-collar using a key word, and telling them back if they get too close to the cone. Dogs are smart enough, I think they would learn it quickly without compulsion.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 10:13 PM
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Why bother with all that?

I'd either just work on a 'go lay down' command to get your dog to stay in it's dog bed... or just crate the puppy.

Much easier and more chance to work well and NOT mess up your dog. Have to be careful with the e-collar and you don't need it for everything.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 10:54 AM
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Yes it would work but at what cost? I agree with the "place" command over this, for the example and use you're looking for.

- Also not against punishment and one of my dogs is wearing an e-collar as I write this, so take the above for what it's worth.
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