The benefits of a shock collar for a dog are plentiful. The main benefit is that the dog is exposed to an effective method of controlling their bad habits that can even eliminate the unwanted behavior for good under the proper training program. Shock collars are misunderstood by the public at large due to their name, but in reality these electric collars are actually quite safe and a very humane component to dog training in general. If you’re considering purchasing a shock collar for your dog, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind when it comes time to actually train your dog.
First, you’ll want to charge the collar up before you begin using it on your dog. This means that it may take a few hours before the new collar is actually ready for use. Next, you will want to place the electric collar on the dog for a few days without actually activating the device. It’s important to make the dog feel like it’s just a normal collar to begin with so they don’t try to only work on good behavior when the collar is on – that would defeat the whole point.
Don’t forget that you never want the dog to see you with the remote control to the new digital collar – this would naturally connect you to the punishment side o f their training, when your dog always wants to be on the pleasure and benefit side of the training with you. If you position yourself as the punish-er, it’s hard for the dog to come to you as a “safe haven” of sorts.
In addition, classic dog training principles are still required. When the dog is in the process of indulging in one of their bad habits, it’s still crucial that you stop and tell them no in a very firm voice. You will need to bring in the shock of the collar, but this needs to be done very lightly at first. If your collar has multiple settings for the actual shock delivery, you only should be raising the level of intensity if the situation really calls for it. For example, if your dog is responding to you well at the lowest setting, raising it may cause them to struggle against the training a lot more.
All things considered, using a shock-correction collar as part of a comprehensive dog training program is something that will require not only time, but incredible amounts of patience. With the information in this guide, you should be able to start taking the steps necessary to control your dog’s behavior with no problem.