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How To Avoid E-Collar Mistakes



Electronic collars have been hailed as being one of the best tools that can be used to handle and train a patrol dog. However, when misused, it can quickly become a tool of torture with very harmful consequences on your dog. In this short article we will walk you through some of the mistakes that dog owners make with an e-collar and how you can avoid repeating these mistakes.

Insufficient Training on How To Use An E-Collar

Many issues are likely to crop up if the dog owner or trainer is not well versed in solid dog training techniques that incorporate the use of an e-collar. Some issues that might arise when an electronic collar such as the dogtra collar is misused include:

  • Handler aggression from the dog
  • A dog that fails to engage
  • Inconsistent performance by the dog
  • A dog that will not search properly

Thankfully, with proper training for the dog owner, many of these consequences of abuse can be corrected in a few training sessions. However, if the abuse has been going on for some time, it can be hard to modify the behavior in terms of technique, time and repetition.

Creating E-Collar Dependency

An e-collar is not a dog-training tool that should be used in isolation from other training tools. When this happens, you can be sure that your dog will only behave when it has the collar on and be inattentive when the collar is off. This is known as ‘collar dependency’ and should be avoided.

To prevent collar dependency, we recommend that you have the dog wear the collar at varying times for a couple of weeks without turning it on. Most people who use an e-collar to train their dogs subject dogs to high levels of stimulation as soon as they introduce the electronic collar to the dog, which causes the dog to only behave when the collar is on.

Not Taking Time To Understand The Stimulation

Most people who overuse the stimulation of an e-collar on their dog, don’t do it because they are cruel people. Very few people understand what the stimulation (especially on the higher levels) offered by an electronic collar feels like.

This is primarily because they have not tried putting on the dogtra collar themselves to find out what it feels like.

If more pet owners would try on an electronic collar and shock themselves then they would understand what it must feel like for their dogs and hopefully reduce their overuse of an e-collar’s stimulation feature. There have been studies that show that abuse of an electronic collar leads to aggressive behavior in dogs.

Using E-Collar As A Temporary Fix

We discourage the use of an e-collar as a short term fix to a problem. Training is a continuous process and an e-collar shouldn’t be used to make up for missed training. Dogtra collars should be used consistently during training for the best results. When it comes to e-collar dog training there are no quick fixes. 



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