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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-05-2015, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Responsible way of using an E collar

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I just purhchased an E collar for my 1 1/2 yr old German Shepherd, but want to get some tips on how to use it properly before putting it on him. I know many have different opinions on E collars, but would love to know what would be the best ways to use it depending on situations. For example, for Obedience training when you are at home or at a near by park. Thank you! look forward to some responses!
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Sorry I don't have time to post a link, but try looking up Lou Castles website, lots of helpful information.

ETA; Lou is also a forum member here.
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The responsible way is to
1) Buy a very good collar. The cheapies from Walmart and the big box stores are notorious for not delivering consistency.
2) Get training from someone who knows what they are doing. You can easily make a dog worse with the collar. IMHO there are very important issues about reading the dog and timing that are essential.
3) Know what it is you are trying to do with the collar. What are you trying to train and how will the collar help?
4) Start with very low stim training. And yes, Lou Castle's website.

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Dogtra or e collar technologies IMO are the only ones worth buying. Find a trainer who utilizes low-stim methodology.

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Dogtra or e collar technologies IMO are the only ones worth buying. Find a trainer who utilizes low-stim methodology.
"E-Collar Technologies Mini Educator Remote Dog Trainer" is the one that I got him. I definitely will. I want to use it for off leash work, but just need to learn on how to use it and when is the perfect moment to utilize it. Thanks!
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The responsible way is to
1) Buy a very good collar. The cheapies from Walmart and the big box stores are notorious for not delivering consistency.
2) Get training from someone who knows what they are doing. You can easily make a dog worse with the collar. IMHO there are very important issues about reading the dog and timing that are essential.
3) Know what it is you are trying to do with the collar. What are you trying to train and how will the collar help?
4) Start with very low stim training. And yes, Lou Castle's website.
Thanks so much on this. yea i bought " E-Collar Technologies Mini Educator Remote Dog Trainer" . I appreciate your reply! Im trying to focus a lot on off leash obedience with it and hopefully the collar can help me.
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Sorry I don't have time to post a link, but try looking up Lou Castles website, lots of helpful information.

ETA; Lou is also a forum member here.
Thank you so much. I will look the link up and read through the useful information. I appreciate it
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"E-Collar Technologies Mini Educator Remote Dog Trainer" is the one that I got him. I definitely will. I want to use it for off leash work, but just need to learn on how to use it and when is the perfect moment to utilize it. Thanks!

http://www.loucastle.com

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Thanks so much on this. yea i bought " E-Collar Technologies Mini Educator Remote Dog Trainer" . I appreciate your reply! Im trying to focus a lot on off leash obedience with it and hopefully the collar can help me.
Good choice. The boost option of Educator E-Collars "single-featuredly" puts these in a different league from all competition.

DutchKarin's post is spot-on. Especially the part about getting together with a professional to learn how to use the collar. There are definitely times when using the collar will only make the situation/behaviour worse.

With correct and consistent use you'll see great benefits.
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Thank you so much. I will look the link up and read through the useful information. I appreciate it
Depending where you live you can go and take a Seminar with Jeff from Solid K9 Training its about $350 with a working spot and he does introduce the Lou Castle Method in his seminar.

Though Read his website Lou pretty much outlines step by step what you should do.

Also you may need different connectors for your pup if its a GSD to get a consistent level. The ones that came with it aren't effective enough and I ordered some more suited for my GSD of Amazon for like $10 bucks.
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