Using shock collars for training a dog is a common training method and there are a few different types you can choose from. They are used as a means of correcting behaviors in the dog that are deemed to be unacceptable, such as roaming the streets at will, barking, digging holes around the yard or even jumping up to greet the mailman. All of these behaviors are quite normal for dogs to indulge in however owners and neighbors rarely feel the same way.
Types of Shock Collars
There are several different types to choose from and they are all designed to achieve the same end. That is, modifying your dog’s behavior. There are anti bark collars, radio tracking collars, remote shock collars and a range of fences which are designed to be used in conjunction with the shock collar. There are more but these are the most common types.
How it Works
Shock collars work with a receiver and a transmitter. The transmitter is generally placed in your house and the receiver is in the collar which goes around your dog’s neck. The collars come in a variety of shapes and you are also able to select to correct size to best suit the dog you are going to train. You are also able to regulate the strength of the signal or ‘shock’ the dog is going to receive when it ventures into a ‘no go’ or danger zone. You also set visual boundaries, usually flags, so that the dog learns to associate a particular area as being out of bounds. Let the dog become accustomed to the feel of it and always start out with the mildest signal.
Tips for Successful Use
Before starting out with using the electric collar, you should make a commitment not to be arbitrary in your use of the collar. For success, you must have a specific training command you want the dog to respond to, such as not barking and work consistently to modify that behavior before tackling another one. Once you have succeeded in modifying one behavior, you can systematically and consistently move on to the next, such as digging up your lawn. It also works better if you train the dog in an area it knows and restrict sessions to around 15 minutes which include lots of positive rewards as well as training signals.
Dogs are generally easy to educate and learn very quickly, particularly when they are rewarded for their good behavior, consistently in conjunction with use of the behavior modifier. The best time to start this type of dog training is when the dog is still a puppy so that it learns correctly right from the beginning of its life that digging up the yard and chasing the mailman is not OK.
It goes without saying that dog training collars should never be abused and/or used as a punishment. Training a dog is about modifying unacceptable behaviors and rewarding good behavior, with the dogs focus firmly on the owner at all times. When used correctly, shock collars in their various forms are one of the most effective ways of training your dog.