Training Collars Make Your Dog A Model Canine
Stop unwanted dog behavior with a training collar.
Also referred to as an e-collar, a training collar allows you to correct your dog in the act and enforce your commands. A collar can put an end to dangerous behaviors, too, such as chasing deer or cars, or going after snakes.
The receiver comes on a collar and has two contact points that touch the skin on the dog’s neck. The transmitter allows you to set the level of stimulation quickly. Some offer a choice between a quick shock and continuous stimulation, and most also give you beep or buzz options for painless correction. The range of these rechargeable collars varies, with some models allowing you to reach out as far as 500 yards. If you want a training collar for more than one dog, it’s possible to buy extra collars for some units and run all of them from one transmitter.
Collar training needn’t be painful or inhumane to be effective. Most training collars feature tone and vibrate buttons as well as different levels of stimulation. To set the correct level, put the collar on the dog in the yard or some other safe place and let it wander around. Starting at the lowest setting, tap the button, increasing the level of stimulation until the dog cocks an ear or tilts its head. That’s a good place to start. By using the tone or vibrate button before you push the shock button, you can teach the dog to associate the beep or buzz with the shock. Once that conditioning is complete, you may not have to shock the dog at all.
It’s important that the dog’s collar fits properly. Collars transmit the stimulus to the dog though a pair of prongs, and both must make contact with the dog’s skin. If you put the collar on too loosely, it won’t make contact, or will only touch occasionally. Too tight and there’s a chance of the dog developing sores. First, strap the collar high on the dog’s neck, not down near the shoulders. Take the receiver and try to move it. If it wiggles freely, the collar is too loose. If it doesn’t budge, the collar is too tight. You want it to move, but with some resistance. Then you know the points are making proper contact. Many collars come with short and long points. Short points are for dogs with short coats while longer points are necessary to reach the skin through longer or thicker hair.
When you’re ready to train your dog to stop chasing deer, choose a safe area. Once your dog starts chasing deer, give no command—simply start tapping the stimulation button. You want the dog to associate the discomfort with the deer or whatever it’s chasing. With the help of a friend who will drive a car slowly and safely past your dog, you can use the same method to end the dangerous habit of chasing cars.