Something that a lot of dog owners struggle with is training their beloved dogs. One way to train your pet is via dog collars.
With so many types of dog training collars available in the market, one can get easily confused. These collars can be used to discourage bad behaviors like digging in trash, licking, chewing, or even excessive barking. Similarly, these can also be used to teach your dog a trick or two.
People often assume remote training collars as inhumane due to its old practices. However, if used correctly & ethically, you will realize the truth & its benefits. The training community evolved and brought forward a gentle way of training 20 years ago.
To help you understand how the training collar works, we’ve divided this process into a few steps.
1. Getting Familiar
Before trying the product on your pet, you must familiarize yourself with this accessory. Test out the functions and read up the instructions. Next, fit the collar on your dog. Remember, a proper fit is extremely important. It should fit high on your dog’s neck around the ears and doesn’t slide down. The optimal size should be, which allows 2 fingers to slip under the collar.
For training, your dog must associate the correct behavior with the command or unwanted behavior. This means that if your dog understands that the correction is coming from the collar, he will understand not to misbehave when wearing the collar. This basically means that once the collar is off, they will begin to misbehave again.
As eager as you’re to begin the training process, to prevent this wrong association from happening you must allow your pup to get familiar with the collar. Let him wear the collar for a few days, make sure he’s fully accustomed to its weight and properties before testing the collar. Your pup should feel like he’s wearing a regular name tag.
3. Suitable Stimulation Level
The ‘Tapping’ method gained a lot of popularity for its low levels of stimulation. Initially set the collar to lowest stimulation possible. During this part of the training, a low-level stimulation will help your dog become attentive. Once you’ve your dog’s attention, you can begin with the stimulation.
Ensure the collar fits perfectly around your dog’s neck. Once he’s engaged with his surroundings and doesn’t have his attention on you, you can begin the stimulation. You will notice them respond at some time as they tilt or their ears prick up, their expression will depict that they felt something.
Remember to be careful when handling the stimulation. If the level is too high, your dog might yelp or jump. Such mistakes can leave a deep impression on your dogs. Don’t judge them on the basis of their build; every dog is special with special needs. Some may be more sensitive than normal dogs and may take a little extra time to learn something.
4. Stopping Wrong Behavior
To train your dog so that they stop behaving inappropriately, you will have to set your shock collar accordingly. Let your dog roam freely in a setting where he engages in the behavior that needs to be stopped. If your dog has a habit of chewing on things, then maintain a distance from your pet. When they start conducting the behavior, begin tapping. This will send an annoying alert to your dog’s neck. After repeating it a number of times, he will be associating the pulse to the target behavior. If you see your dog not responding to the signals, then increase the level until he stops engaging in the behavior.
Timing plays a very important role in this entire situation from catching your dog slyly in an act to tapping the stimulation. You will notice the impact of this training soon as he avoids engaging in the behavior in the future.
5. Reinforcing good behaviors
Don’t depend on these collars to them new commands of obedience like sit, stay, down, and come. If your dog knows these commands but doesn’t always respond, is slower, or mixes up the commands then you can use the collar to sharpen your pup’s skills.
In the previous step, the aim was to stop unwanted behavior, and thus a stimulation is introduced to startle them and reduce unwanted behavior. To reinforce good behaviors, you will remove the stimulation when your dog performs the correct action according to the command.
When your dog understands that when he obeys a certain command, the annoying stimulation doesn’t occur anymore. He will learn to obey the commands easily.
If you’re trying to teach your dog to respond to your call, and at times he doesn’t do so. So when you give him the command, he will start responding if you pair a stimulation with it. You can enhance the response with the trainer, and once your pup starts responding continuously, you can reduce the stimulation accordingly.
Training dogs is important and this is a powerful tool that will help. However, people often abuse this tool. Sometimes owners and handlers choose a level of stimulation which is way above the level of annoyance. This will not help your dog and might hurt them. If your pet isn’t fully responding then maybe your training process lacks something too. Don’t hesitate to take a step back and check if you’re failing at some step.
Don’t use the collar as a way to let out your frustrations on your pup. Your pet adores you and it’s important to love them back the same way.
Your pup will understand the commands and will be able to learn them within a span of a few weeks. Remember, patience is the key. Treat your pets and shower them with love when training. You will start to notice the change in their behavior and your relationship too!