An electronic collar, which emits a stimulation or shock, as it is often wrongly termed, is used to help dogs learn how to follow commands. If you are looking for help in training your dog, here are seven things you can do to help your dog quickly learn commands with the use of an electronic remote collar.
1.When you first get started with training, begin by using the lowest level of stimulation on the remote collar. Slowly increase the stimulation level until you see the dog show some kind of reaction, which may be scratching at the collar, flicking his ears, or turning his head. It may take some time to find the appropriate level that works for your dog. If your dog is visibly in discomfort, it is a sign that the stimulation level you are using is too high.
2.When you are first using the remote collar, it is well advised to use it combined with keeping the dog on a long leash. Make sure the dog is at distance from other animals or people so he does not think the stimulation is coming from them.
3.In order to avoid conditioning your dog to associate the electronic collar and transmitter with training, have the dog wear it during times other than training sessions. For example, have him wear it during games of fetch, playing tug of war or some other activity that he enjoys.
4.For best results, training should only be conducted in short sessions, approximately 10-15 minutes long. This is perfect for maintaining your dog's focus and he will be more likely to pay attention to what you are trying to teach. When your dog accomplishes a new task, reward him with lots of praise and positive attention. Training sessions should always be ended on a positive note rather than a negative one, so he will be responsive and ready to go when his next training session starts.
5.Sometimes dogs get confused when learning new commands, so it is best to initially use the remote collar with commands that he already understands. Work your way up to the new lessons by using the leash, along with the collar, and reinforce his good behavior attempts with plenty of praise.
6.Distractions often cause dogs to lose their focus. If you are training in a new setting, you may find yourself having to use the collar stimulation more frequently or adjust the stimulation levels. In order to get the best results in new situations, it is once again advisable to use a long leash during training time.
7.The remote collar is not to be used for controlling aggressive actions such as biting. When a dog is displaying this kind of behavior, it is best handled by a professional trained in correcting aggressiveness in dogs.
Successful dog training with a remote collar can be rewarding for both the dog and the owner. It simply takes some patience and proven training tips to get the most productivity out of each session.