Getting a dog with a zero recall who cannot respond to instructions is one of the most frustrating experiences you can ever get from your pet. That is why dog training is essential as he or she must learn to not only be social but also adhere to instructions so as to avoid getting himself or herself in danger. Training a dog using a collar isn’t as simple as many would think, it can harm the dog. A few safety precautions that you take so as to avoid socially or physically harming your cur while training him/her using a collar include;
- Get a collar that best suits his or her needs
The different types of dog training collars include; obedience collars, bark collars, and containment collars. Obedience collars have a remote that allows you to control how the stimulus is being applied on your dog. Bark collars and containment collars, on the other hand, automatically deliver a stimulus when the dog acts contrary to what he or she is supposed to do. Before buying either of these training collars, it is important that you know the needs of your dog; applying the wrong type of training collar can be likened to a doctor giving the wrong prescription to a patient, it will be harmful.
- Know the comfortable shock setting for your dog
The most important factor to consider as you use dog shock collar is finding the right level of stimulus that will make the tyke heed to your commands without necessarily harming him or her. Some of the indications that you are certainly harming your dog is when he or she yelps or put his or her tail between the legs. On the contrary, signs of comfortability with the shock levels are when you press the shock button and he or she perks the ears or turn the head.
- Incorporate the e-collar with other training methods
A combination of both positive stimuli and negative stimuli are more effective while training your dog. Rather than overemphasizing on the training collar alone, you can integrate the e-collar with other training techniques such as teaching him or her the difference between the words ‘no!’ and ‘yes!’, or punishing negative behavior with verbal commands.
- The shocking can sometimes be supplemented with beeping
As you buy your canine a training collar, always opt for a collar that beeps. The good news is that most e-collars come with the option of initiating a beep along with the shock. If he or she learns to associate the beep with the shock, you are better placed at controlling the negative behavior without necessarily instilling the shock.
- Remove any other metallic collar that your dog is wearing before using a training collar of any kind
Most metals conduct electricity, this means that your mongrel can suffer a double shock if he or she puts on both a training collar and a metallic collar. Finally, always end your training session on a positive note such as rewarding him or her with praise or a pat on the back as you culminate the learning session.