04. Using an E-Collar

posted Aug 16, 2011, 11:42 AM by Alder Brittanys   [ updated Oct 17, 2011, 8:08 AM ]
There are entire books on this subject and I won't try to summarize an entire area of training here.  Just a few rules to live by.
  • Get someone to show you how to use your e-collar before you put it on your dog.
  • Learn to use the remote without looking at it or thinking about it.  Your eyes and focus need to be on the dog.
  • Timing is key - if you're a second late, you may be teaching your dog a completely different lesson than you intended.
  • Use the collar on yourself before you use it on your dog.  You need to know what the different modes feel like.
  • Only use the collar to enforce commands the dog already knows.
  • Use the collar at the lowest setting needed to get the dog's attention.  If the dog yelps, it's too high.
  • Never use the collar to punish the dog. 
  • If you're angry with your dog, turn the collar off.  You aren't going to do any good with it anyway.
  • Never use the collar when you can't see the dog.  He may be doing something bad but he also may have just gone on point. 
  • When in doubt, stay off the collar and save the lesson for next time.