Well - I am confused (normal for me
) I have been researching the use of E-Collars and the methods behind them. I should say methods as there are many ways folks use them. I posted a question below in the equipment section about this model SportDOG HoundHunter 3225 Remote Trainer
The reason I am considering it are the modes of training it has. It can tone, vibrate and shock. Even in shock it has momentary and continuous.
Here is the question. I am trying to train Emma off leash. She does fine on short leash and Ok on the long line - about 95% recall. Its the 5% that is driving me nuts, especially when distracted. Cats and preary dogs - she has a one track mind. Off leash she is 100% opposit and will not mind at all, unless she wants too. I use her favoriate treats and same commands. More than half the time she will not come if there is any distraction and plays keep away when it is time to go back on the leash.
We start another basic training class tomorrow to work on this (next up from her puppy class). She is 7 months old currently too.
I attended a local club field event a few weeks ago. I wanted to socialize Emma and learn about the club. She did great on the socialization except for a couple of aggressive dogs. Almost half the folks had some sort of e-collar. Dogtra was popular and the Sitmeanssit one too. Many said they did not use the shock now, but only tone/vibration. The aggressive dogs had only shock collars that were very effective at correcting. Makes me wonder if the shock was causing aggression.
One gentleman used tone beeps to control his retriever direction, He used to use a whistle, but thought it was to hard on his and other ears. Another lady had a Dogtra and only used the page/vibrate setting for correction and voice for everything else.
So is there one preferred way. They all said their dogs reacted differently to differant devices and to find one with enough options to find what worked without buying several collars. Several mentioned the Sitmeanssit and the SportDog models as they had tone/vibrate and shock modes. The all recommended get the best range possible as trees and building can cause signal loss (anything that is not line of sight).
Thoughts - I want a way to work with Emma off leash so she can accompany us on the horse back trails when we go.