Far Less Uncomfortable Than the Shock Your Carpet Will Give You!
Here is a quote from a report done by the manufacturers of electronic collars…
“…Radio Systems Corporation found when testing its products that the output voltage a human would receive from a nylon carpet at 50 percent relative humidity is more than twice the output voltage that a dog would receive from any of its three types of electronic training devices set at low levels. At 20 percent relative humidity, the carpet would produce a sensation more than nine times stronger than a low-level electronic stimulation.” http:///www.petsafe.net
Lucy’s collar is set at level 40/100 most of the time. I only have to raise it when she’s really distracted (very rare!). If I set it lower, I can’t get her attention and that’s what it’s all about… getting your dog’s attention! Every dog is different. There are soft dogs and there are hard dogs. Even though she is only 20 pounds, Lucy is not a submissive, soft dog! She has never shown her belly to any other dog since I got her. She will act submissive to the cat, though! You see a cat has it’s own devices for keeping dogs in line… sharp claws and teeth (and no unwillingness to use them!). Dogs learn that fast! My cat doesn’t need an e-collar, but I’m sure he’d love it if he could use it. Lucy would be dancing to his every tune! Lucy’s lucky I’m her handler, not the cat!
What the Humane Society of the United States Thinks about eCollars!
In comparing the risks of training tools, Randall Lockwood, Vice President for Research and Educational Outreach at the Humane Society of the United States had this to say…
“Electronic training aids that are improperly designed, maintained, fitted, adjusted or employed may also present risks, but their proper use in conjunction with reward-based obedience training has demonstrated benefits to many thousands of dogs and their owners.” [Text made bold by the Editor. Note: All training devices have risks, including flat collars and even food rewards (obesity kills dogs!). Many training devices or methods have much more serious risks than the use of an e-collar, like constantly pulling and yanking on your dog’s neck with the leash! That’s what they call the old “yank and crank” method that was employed for decades.]
As with any tool, the biggest risk to the use of e-collars is YOU, the trainer/handler. You must get trained by a professional dog trainer who uses the e-collar in their obedience classes. Do NOT attempt to figure out how to use the e-collar yourself. There are things you need to know first, like testing the level of stimulation on your dog, how to make sure the dog understands the command before any stimulation is applied, when to stimulate the dog, when not to stimulate the dog, when to raise/lower the intensity, when/how to phase out the stimulation, how to properly fit the collar, whether different points are needed to properly make contact, and so on.
It’s All About Getting Your Dog’s Attention!
Here’s a great description as to why an electronic collar works so well:
“Remote Training Systems are a tool to improve communication between owners/trainers and their dogs. The dog has the impression that the trainer is constantly beside them, monitoring their actions.
This makes the dog much more likely to follow commands. Remote Training Systems use mildly unpleasant stimulation to gain a dog’s attention. Once the dog pays attention the trainer stops the stimulation. The dog quickly learns to avoid any stimulation by paying attention to the trainer as soon as it is requested. The dog continues to follow the trainer’s request to avoid the stimulation even though stimulation may never be experienced again. This is different to using treats as a training tool because when the treats are gone, the dog stops paying attention. If a dog avoids a stimulation it is as much of a reward as a food treat but it has a much longer lasting effect.
Once you have your dog’s attention the training can begin! Remote Training Systems are ideal to re-teach basic obedience training where reward-based training has broken down or failed. They are also an ideal way to train recall and enhance off-lead control.” http:///www.petsafe.net
People are absolutely amazed at the easy control I have of Lucy off-leash. I can call her to me immediately to pull her out of a situation I don’t like (no more bear poop, Lucy, my girl!)… or if I just want to head for home. She loves being off leash and this way I can safely give her a lot of freedom and enjoyment.
You will often see us biking on my adult trike, walking the PoCo Trail, enjoying Gates Park and Lion’s Park or having a coffee at Starbucks in downtown PoCo (downtown she will be on leash). Look for Lucy and me next time you are in Port Coquitlam! You would never know she is trained by e-collar unless you had read this. Everyone is surprised when I tell them because there’s no sign of the e-collar’s use. Other than obey me, Lucy doesn’t do anything that would tell you I was stimulating her and many times I’m not anymore… Lucy just does as she’s told now!
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