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Training With E-Collars



E-collars also known as electronic collars are a key piece of equipment that are used in dog training. Some people consider electronic collars controversial and claim that they are unnecessary and use torture to get dogs to do what their owners want. However, this could not be further from the truth. E-collars such as the dogtra collar are very effective tools for dog training.

In this piece we will explore some of the cons and pro of using an electronic dog collar as well as provide you with some tips you can use when training a dog using one.

Some of the arguments that people make against the use of electronic collars include:

E-collars cause anxiety and pain

There are some dog trainers who strongly believe that electronic collars should not be used on dogs because they cause them pain. While it is true that that an e-collar is capable of causing pain to your dog, what some people unfamiliar with an electronic collar fail to recognize is that e-collars have various levels of stimulus.

When you train a dog to use an e-collar from a very young age, it is recommended that you use low levels of stimulus which has the same effect as a tug on a leash. When the dog owner abuses an e-collar you should know that it might lead to increased levels of aggression in your dog.

We advise that you use your e-collar properly and responsibly at all times.

E-collars are ineffective

Some people claim that since electronic collars only provide negative stimuli, they are not as effective as other forms of dog training that use positive stimuli. This is not true. However, it is important to note that electronic collars are more effective for certain dog types. For the best results if you decide to use a dogtra collar here are some tips you should consider following:

  • Aggressive Dog

We do not recommend using an e-collar with an aggressive dog. Even though electronic collars have various shock levels, any use of an e-collar on an aggressive pet might exacerbate the situation.

  • Buy an appropriate dog collar

E-collars come in three different types, that is, obedience collars, bark collars, and containment systems. Barking collars and containment systems differ from obedience collars in the sense that they automatically shock the dog when it engages in unwanted behavior whereas an obedience collar relies on the dog owner to initiate the stimulus using a remote controller.

  • Use multiple tools

Using a combination of positive stimuli and negative stimuli is a more effective way of training your dog. Offering your dog treats when they obey your commands and punishing them using an e-collar when they misbehave as well as using verbal commands is an effective way of training your dog.

They Are a Shortcut

There are some trainers who say that the use of an e-collar is a dog-training technique used by people who do not want to put in the work and be kinder to their animals. As mentioned before, some dogs respond to a negative shock stimulus better than they do a tug on a leash. 



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