Dog Training Collars With Electronic, LED, Remote. How To Train Your Dog.
Electronic Remote Training Collars are excellent tools for reinforcing verbal commands like "Sit", "Stay", "Down" or "Come." These collars will also control nuisance or aggressive behaviors such as barking, chasing, chewing or jumping. It can become annoying to our guests when they show up at our home greeted by a dog who jumps on them causing their clothes to get dirty or full of hair. Are you tired of yelling at your dog over and over to stop barking? Do certain actions by your dog make your household seem more noisier and hectic? These actions or disobeying commands are correctable with a training collar if used properly. A better trained dog is a happier dog and a dog that needs less discipline. Our relationship with them becomes much better when they are more controlled. We love our dogs and it's extremely important for us to keep them a lovable happy pet. These are tips for proper use and training to make the training collar as effective as possible and to keep our pets, household and us more happy.
The typical Electronic Training Collar, like the one shown, comes with a remote, a transmitter, a nylon collar, charging cable, different size contacts and plug-in adapter. Some have batteries and are not rechargeable or water-resistant. The better Training Collars just don't control barking, they can correct any unwanted behavior. They have different kinds of stimulation such as shock, vibration or noise. The levels of stimulation are adjustable to a proper level that works best for your dog. An LED rechargeable one with different modes and remote can range anywhere from $20 to a few hundred dollars. The difference is usually in brand name, effective distance, features and water proofing. For the average user a modestly priced one will do just fine. If you plan on using it for a hunting dog then a more expensive collar with a longer range and full waterproof design will be more suitable.
Before you start the training, charge the transmitter and remote. Learn how the remote works. Become familiar with all the buttons and how to make changes and adjustments. Play around with it and become very familiar with it before the training starts. At first the remote may look complicated but it really isn't when you practice with it. Doing this will make the training part easier when started.
The transmitter has two prongs that easily screw on to two threaded posts. Decide which prong to use for your dog, the longer or shorter one. The longer one is for longer haired dogs and the shorter one is for shorter hair dogs. Practice screwing the prongs on and off, it is very easy to do.
Test the collar before training. Imagine trying to train your dog only to find out later that they are not responding because the collar was not working properly? Lay the transmitter down on a table and activate each mode to make sure they all work. Hold the transmitter in your hand and see for yourself how it feels in each mode when stimulated. Do you want to have some fun? Shock yourself with the prongs, I'm not kidding, you wont get hurt. If it's safe for your dog it is also safe for you and it is only fair to your dog that you experience the feeling also. Set it on a low setting and then slowing increase it to see how it changes and will feel for your dog.
It is helpful if your dog already understands command words, like sit, come, down or lay whether they listen or not. Knowing what these commands mean before using the collar makes the training part easier. What's the sense of telling your dog to do something if they don't understand what it is your telling them to do?
It is important to make the collar fit properly. If it is too loose the probes will not make the proper contact. This is very important, the probes need to touch the dog's skin to stimulate properly. If the probes are not touching the skin your dog may not feel the stimulation and the collar will be ineffective. At the same time, don't make the collar too tight so that it is pressing too hard around the neck and making it uncomfortable for your dog. Adjust the nylon collar to find the right balance of comfort and useful at the same time.
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Most of the collars have 3 different training modes and levels of intensity. You will have to make a choice about which mode of training you are going to use. Some people do not want to shock their dog and will choose the vibration mode instead. Your choice may have to change if your dog is unresponsive to one particular mode. Whichever mode you choose, make sure you start at a lower level of intensity than a higher one. You will first have to find a level that your dog responds to. This will be the level that you want to start your training from. Test your dog to see how they respond to the stimulation. Start at a lower level to see if there is a reaction, if not raise the level little by little until you see a slight reaction. You want to see a small reaction by your dog, not a yelp. The reaction could be something like a flinch or the ears moving. When you see this reaction this is the level you want to start your training.
Call out a command, if your dog doesn't obey immediately correct them by pressing the stimulation button. It is best not to hold the button until the dog obeys, a shorter, quicker duration of stimulation is best. If your dog is not responding to orders, slowly increase the stimulation level until your dog responds properly and obeys the stimulation. Before increasing the intensity make sure that the probes are still contacting your dog's skin so you are not increasing the intensity for the wrong reason. Keep repeating until your dog obeys your commands and be sure to reward their correct behavior. It could be a pat on the back, verbal praise or a treat. After much practice you will notice that they start obeying even without a treat. That's where all the hard work pays off but always give your dog praise for their good work and obedience.
To correct nuisance or aggressive behavior such as barking, chasing, jumping, chewing, wait until your dog performs the behavior then immediately press the stimulation button. Your dog will soon learn that their behavior can cause an unwanted stimulation. Over time that correction will occur even when you are not there.
Don't Let Him See You
It is very important that your dog does not associate that the stimulation is from you or the remote. It's better for your dog to think that the stimulation is from the unwanted behavior. Try to discreetly use the remote and do not make it obvious that the stimulation is from you activating the remote. The training results will be more effective this way. If they learn that it is the remote or you causing the stimulation they may only respond when they are wearing the collar knowing that they are in training mode. Dogs are smart and will figure this out if we are not cautious. Besides training purposes, I think it's a plus that our dogs don't think that their unpleasant feeling is from their dear owner.
Electronic remote training is a safe, effective way to get positive results from training your dog. A better behaved pet will strengthen your bond and offer a more positive relationship. Your household will be more calm with less noise and aggravation. Your guests will say hi to your dog without the jumping, barking or having you yell at your dog to GET DOWN or STOP IT. Does this sound familiar? This training tool will keep your dogs and relationships a happier one. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.