Using Electronic Dog Collars to
Modify your Dog's Behavior
Electronic dog collars are valuable training tools that can treat a variety of behavioral problems in dogs that don't respond to any other form of training.
There are many different types of electronic collars, each offering its own set of benefits. They also differ in how they operate and what they will allow you to accomplish.
Whether your dog is engaging in problematic behaviors such as barking, chasing wild animals or escaping from your property, an electronic dog collar may be used with success.
We'll go over how the use of an e-collar can help modify your dog's behavior in a moment but first...
Why Use Electronic Dog Collars?
If your dog is exhibiting a behavioral problem and you are at your wits' end, an electronic dog collar may ultimately prevent you from re-homing your dog or taking him to that dreaded one-way trip to the pound.
It is wrong, however, to assume that electronic dog collars are used only to correct unwanted behaviors; indeed, many dog owners and trainers also use them to successfully polish learned behaviors.
When used correctly, electric dog training collars are effective and safe training tools with a reputation for being trusted by many dog owners and trainers for over 30 years.
While the very first generation of electric collars were less reliable and equipped with only one level of correction, nowadays, such collars are much more sophisticated and have really come a long way. When it comes to the intensity of the correction, many electronic dog collars now offer choice of multiple levels so to customize the correction to the individual dog.
How do Electronic Collars Work?
Electronic collars work by delivering an unpleasant but not harmful stimulus the moment the dog engages in an unwanted behavior. The correction can be delivered manually from the dog owner by pushing a button on the transmitter or it may be delivered automatically in the case of bark collars or electronic dog fences.
Most electronic dog collars consist of a collar, a receiver which is attached to the dog's collar and a transmitter which is held by the dog owner so to remotely deliver the corrections as needed. The dog owner also has the option of delivering continuous stimulation or momentary stimulation. In both cases, the dog should be taught how to avoid the stimulation and which behaviors prevent the stimulation from occurring.
Types of Electronic Dog Collars
The type of shock collar you choose should be based on the type of behavior or training problem you are encountering.
For instance, if your dog barks excessively and doesn't respond to other forms of training, consider investing in a dog bark collar. While electronic bark collars are very popular, there are other types of bark collars available that do not deliver static shock. Some collars use a spritz of citronella, while others use vibration and some others use sonic or ultrasonic sounds.
Not many people can afford the cost of a physical fence and some housing authorities may not permit home owners to install them. In such cases, an electronic dog fence, also known as an invisible fence, may be an optimal solution. If your dog tends to escape from your unfenced property, an electronic dog fencing system may help keep your dog inside and your worries out.
A variety of electronic dog collars, known as remote dog trainers, are also available. These collars allow you to control and correct your dog's behavior from a distance. While any dog owner may use them, they are especially popular with field trial enthusiasts, hunting dog owners and owners of retrieving dogs.
When to Use Electronic Dog Training Collars
If you have tried a variety of training methods and all have failed, you may want to try an electronic collar and see it this may fix the problem.
Nuisance barking causing complaints from your neighbors needs to be addressed quickly or you may lose your dog. In this case, if the barking is not triggered by separation anxiety, electronic bark collars may come handy.
If your dog likes to chase rabbits, other dogs or cats, or just pretends not to hear you in a park, you may use electric dog training collars to control your dog's behavior from a distance. At the same time, you can use these collars to also polish learned behaviors through negative reinforcement training.
When to Avoid Electronic Collars
While electronic dog training collars can be effective, it is important to point out that there are cases where their use is not recommended.
For instance, if your dog is barking due to an anxiety problem, an electronic bark collar may intensify the anxiety. If your dog is engaging in unwanted behaviors because his exercise and mental stimulation needs are not being met, an electronic collar is not the solution to this problem.
Ideally, dog owners should consult with a reputable dog trainer well versed in the use of static stimulation before using a remote training collar on their dog. From choosing the right size collar for your dog to using impeccable timing, there is a lot of information you need to learn before using remote dog trainers.
As seen, e-collars are effective dog training tools that have advanced tremendously from a technological standpoint.
If you are interested in training your dog with electronic dog training collars, learn as much as you can on how to use them correctly. When used correctly, electronic dog collars can be safe and effective in modifying your dog's behavior.
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If you are a new dog owner and want to learn more about dog behavior and obedience training, I highly recommend you read and follow this Secrets to Dog Training guide. It's written by a professional dog trainer and is full of techniques you can use to modify your dog's behavior.
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