The use of training collars to train dogs has been strongly debated and has been a controversial subject among dog owners and enthusiasts. Just like any topic, there will always be people on both sides of the fence which means that some feel that using a training collar is a form of cruelty, while others believe that training collars are the best way to train their dogs.
While there are cases when the use of a training collar has become inhumane, it can be attributed to the fact the dog owner took it too far and not because the collar was intended to hurt the dog.
Training collars are designed to help the owner or trainer get the dog’s attention and make the training process easier. These collars are not meant to be used as a punishment or to shock dogs into submission.
Training collars are very useful and humane, as long as they are implemented properly into the dog’s training routine. Using a training collar on your dog requires a lot of patience and some techniques.
It is important to take baby steps and try to understand what your dog is telling you, so that your dog will not be confused, afraid, or stressed.
Steps on How to Use a Dog Training Collar
This first step is extremely important as the way you introduce the collar to your dog will make an impact on the whole training process. You need to make sure that your dog will be able to associate the collar with his bad behavior and not with anything else.
For instance, if you show the collar to your dog and immediately start using it on him even when he is behaved, then he may associate the shocking with the collar.
As a result, your dog may feel fear while wearing the collar and there is also the possibility that he will only listen to you when he is wearing it and continue with his bad behavior when he does not have it on.
What you can do is allow your dog to associate the collar with something positive. Try putting it on your dog and taking it off several times a day, at least for two days, and give him a small treat each time.
Also, put the collar on him when you go out for a walk or when you play with him so that he can associate the collar with something fun. Eventually, he will get excited whenever you take the collar out.
Once your dog gets comfortable, then you can slowly start using the collar for training.
Determine and Use the Correct Collar Settings
With the wide variety of training collars available these days, knowing and using the right collar settings for each product can be confusing. If you get a new collar and use it for the first time, always set it to the lowest setting possible because every dog has a different threshold so you should test it out first.
You can also start with the noise option first and then move up from there.
Apply and Release Pressure When Necessary
When you use a training collar, you should also employ the same techniques used with leash training, which involves applying pressure to move your dog in the direction that you want him to go and then releasing the pressure once he has completed your command.
Do not hold the shock button down for too long, especially when your dog has already shown obedience. If you do, it may only confuse your dog and make him question his basic training.
Your dog needs to recognize that he can make the pressure stop once he obeys your command. Once you have established that, your dog will obey you even without the use of any sort of pressure.
Be Patient and Be Consistent
Training your dog can be difficult, both for you and your dog. Just keep in mind that patience and consistency are the key things that you should observe, even when using a dog training collar.
It is advisable not to spend more than five minutes at a time or you will both feel stressed and become frustrated and as we all know, frustration will not do you any good.
Training collars can come in different types and may have different features, so it is important for you as the dog owner and trainer to know what your dog needs and what will work best to correct his negative behavior.
Make sure that you read the instructions that come with the collar, before you put it on your dog. Although the collar is designed to be used on dogs, it is always best to be safe by knowing how to operate the collar first instead of putting it on your dog and experimenting with it.