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“Tell me about it,” Tom jokes back. “I’m getting used to it. It’s like a dog with a collar.”
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Many people who buy their first hunting dog will immediately go and purchase a shock collar. This is done because of the notion is that one cannot train a hunting dog without a shock collar. This is simply false. Hunting dogs have been trained for hundreds of years. Shock collars have only been around since the 70s.
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By far the most common collar is the flat or rolled collar that fastens with a plastic clip or a buckle. These collars are the most convenient to slip on and off and are handy because they can hold your dog’s identification, rabies, and license tags. Even though this type of collar retains its size, the collar can become a hazard. Dogs playing roughly and in a mouthy manner can get their mouth caught in the collar of another dog, causing panic in one or both dogs. As they struggle to get loose, the collar can tighten and dogs have suffocated as a result of this type of play. Dogs who are the object of this type of rough play should wear break-away collars, similar to the break-away collars in cats, at least during play and unsupervised times. Some owners opt to avoid collars or any gear at all unless they are taking their dog on a walk. Although this in an option, I prefer to have visible identification on my dog at all times and a collar with its tags is the most convenient way to do this. Shock collars, electric fences, and crating are things I just will not do with my dogs.
Photo provided by FlickrThe dog will become ‘collar-wise’ and won’t work without the collar on.
Photo provided by FlickrThese collars can be extremely dangerous to dogs. Their use has been associated with the following:
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Most trainers use the Ecollar as a positive punishment. The dog chases deer so they put the collar on the dog and the next time he starts chasing deer, they blast him with a high level jolt of electricity. He learns that chasing deer leads to an unpleasant experience, no matter how far he is from his handler, and the behavior becomes extinct. (Actually this has two parts, the first part, when the button is pressed to give the dog a stimulation, is positive punishment. The second part, when the dog breaks off the chase and the stimulation is stopped, is negative reinforcement.) These are examples of simple avoidance behavior training. This is the extent of most trainers' uses of these collars. One problem that occurs with this use of the collar is that most trainers stimulate the dog a few times and then put the collar away. The dog quickly learns that the stimulation is linked to the collar and that he can chase deer or eat garbage when the collar is not on. You should always keep ID tags on your dog with a properly fitted, flat-buckle collar made of nylon, cotton or leather. You may wish to display your dog’s ID tags on a body harness as well, but keep in mind that some dogs may chew off body harnesses when left unattended.There is an excellent video called the "Three Action introduction" in which you are led step-by-step through a lesson as you teach a dog to Come, Go out, and Stop. The speed with which the dogs learn these basic maneuvers is simply amazing. Before you spend the money on a collar I strongly suggest that you get this video and watch it several times. You will see "hard headed" dogs and "soft" dogs trained with the Ecollar. But one more example before I leave you. I train police dogs and when the dog receives the command to stop biting I want him to return to the handler as quickly as possible. This is so that he can fulfill his primary duty, protecting the handler. Having the dog return to the handler also allows an arrest team can take the suspect into custody without the dog present so none of them gets bitten. The collar I use has a dial that allows me to turn the stimulation level up and down continuously. (Think of a dimmer switch on a light.)However, training collars are among the most incorrectly use tools ever invented. So it's worth taking obedience classes to learn how to use them correctly. Hint: if your dog continually pulls when you're walking her with a training collar, you're not using it properly. Don't feel bad; you have plenty of company. Other signs of misuse: the dog is choking, gagging or wheezing during walks.