The e-collar is the most effective tool available to today’s canine trainers to develop a dog that responds with excellence, reliability, and tail wagging enthusiasm to known commands/cues. That said, as any training tools can be, the e-collar used incorrectly and without an understanding of how dogs learn and the principles of avoidance training the outcome can be less than desirable.
The proper program of e-collar training is not to simply put an e-collar on the dog, shock him, and expect desirable results. In order to maximize the canine’s learning curve and understanding of how to avoid correction the dog must first fully comprehend what behavior caused the negative consequences and what behaviors will avoid negative consequences and earn a reward. This bible rule is true no matter what correction is administered, whether it is stimulation or a jerk with a leash or check cord. The canine student must associate that a specific behavior caused the negative consequences. Additionally the dog must understand what the alternative behaviors are that will avoid correction and result in positive reinforcement.Read More