For many people the use of an e-collar can be intimidating. There are often stigmas around this training method due to the amount of people who use the collar improperly. Some think an e-collar will harm their dog and may be cruel, but with the correct technique this can be a useful tool for training your dog.
First and foremost, the e-collar is not intended to punish or harm a dog. The people who have negative experiences with an e-collar may not know how to use it. This tool is used so your dog can learn the correct way to behave. Many people have heard about dogs who have been abused with e-collars, which creates part of the stigma around them. It is always unfortunate when dogs are mistreated, and the collar should never be used to create fear, harm, or to punish. To properly use this method, the fear and stigma for using the collar must be released. A person should also make themselves familiar with an e-collar and how to introduce it to their dog without fear.
We recommend using the Dogtra brand of e-collar. It is the brand we at Stars Howl-o most often use with our own dogs and dogs we train. This may not be the best match for every person, however. If another brand is selected, it is best to ensure that is has the beep or tone option with it. We also suggest that your collar has a vibration setting and is waterproof. If your collar is not waterproof it may be harmful to your dog and the tool. The collar's range is important to keep in mind as well. The longer the range of the collar is, the more beneficial it will be to control your dog from a distance.
The e-collar is only useful in certain circumstances. The tool must be paired with a reward system. While the collar may correct the dog when it is doing something wrong, the handler should also show the pup what it is doing right through praise and rewards. Dogs learn more by being told what is correct rather than what is incorrect, but both instructions should be utilized.
E-collars should never be used when dealing with aggression. The dog will not learn that it should not be aggressive through the collar, it will only encourage the aggression and create more stress for the pup. E-collars should be used for commands and behavioral issues, such as jumping and barking. The dog should understand the e-collar is correcting their action.
A collar with a tone is important so it may be used in addition to the shock. Before the handler sends the shock, they should first use the tone. If the dog understands that the tone happens before the shock, it will not want the shock to occur and will respond to the sound.
Collars with vibration settings can also be useful. Some dogs may respond better to a vibration than a shock. Each dog is unique and while some methods work well for one dog, another may respond differently. As long as the dog is paying attention and correcting its action without experiencing pain or fear, the setting will work.
When using a collar with an obvious remote, the handler should relax when holding it. If the person holds the controller like a television remote or is tense, the dog will pay attention to the controller rather than the person. The person hiding the remote behind their back can help with this. The dog should not associate the remote with the correction. The handler should be relaxed and look no different with or without the remote in hand, just as the dog should ultimately respond with or without the collar in use. The collar is used to condition the dog, so the look should be the same at all times.
When selecting a setting for the shock the collar gives the dog, the owner should select a low number or level. The dog should perk its ears up when given the correction and direct its attention to the task at hand. If the dog whimpers or tucks its tail when the shock is administered, the level is too high and needs to be lowered. It is best to start lower than what you may think is best for the dog and work up if need be. Even if a dog is high-energy they may not need an intense shock. When learning levels of shock, a person may learn that some levels are better for various commands. If the collar is used for obedience training, such as sit and stay, a low level may be best. If the dog is in a situation with distractions and high intensity, such as barking, a higher level may be necessary to get their attention. There is a slight learning curve when introducing an e-collar, but it can be easy to get the hang of. The person should pay attention to their dog and learn how to get their dog to pay attention to them.
The collar and the dog is an extension of the handler and should be treated as such. Many people are nervous when using an e-collar. It is important to know that each dog responds differently to the collar, so there will be an adjustment period when introducing it. However, when the person is relaxed and informed the collar can be a helpful tool when training a dog.
The term "pit bull" is a general term for describing different dog breeds. Pit bulls include breeds such as the American Bulldog and the American Pit Bull Terrier. There are qualities and mannerisms that vary between the specific breeds of pit bull, each dog having their own traits and personality. There are many types of pit bull, and with that comes various opinions on the type. While a person may think pit bulls are not trainable or they are too aggressive, this is incorrect. Pit bulls can be trained, and it is possible to reduce the bias people have on the dogs.
As most people are aware, there is often a large amount of bias toward pit bulls and even their owners. Many places in America do not allow pit bulls where dogs are otherwise welcome, including pet stores, apartments, and even animal shelters. This bias is due largely to pit bulls that are used for dog fighting.
For years people have used animals of all sorts for fighting, but pit bulls are commonly known for the act. People deprive and abuse the animals to encourage aggression. Thankfully this is illegal in the United States, but this does not stop everybody.
Due to the aggression many pit bulls are forced to display, people have become timid around the type. However, it is important to know that pit bulls are not aggressive by nature. They can be gentle, loving animals, though they do need proper training. While all dogs should be trained, especially if aggression is a potential issue, breeds that have bias toward them are particularly important to train. The more people see how loving pit bulls can be, the more homes they will find and more places will welcome them!
The reason many people mistreat pit bulls is because of their strength, making it necessary to train them, and their submissive nature, which makes it possible to train them. Because pit bulls have a large amount of muscle, they can easily pull you down the street if they see a squirrel or bird they want to play with. Proper leash training is essential for any pitty parent. With leash training you have full control over your companion. When you take charge you get to decide when they need to sit, lay down, keep walking, and how to react when there is a person or animal that is nearby. Leash training keeps you, your dog, and others safe and happy. Walking on a leash is not the time for your furry friend to go crazy and cut loose; but pit bulls can have large amounts of energy and need to express that at times. Your dog needs to know when he or she can be wild, but even during playtime your pit bull should listen to you. If your dog knows to listen to you always, you can handle many difficult situations, such as if another dog displays aggression. Obedience training is the key to getting your dog to listen to you. Pit bulls can be obedient with the proper guidance.
A pit bull with a history of abuse may need extra care. Training methods can differ between dogs, and pit bulls with difficult past may experience more hardships during training. They need extra care, love, and patience. If a dog has been mistreated and abused throughout life, he or she will likely have a difficult time trusting people. They may think the love you are showing them will be taken away or you will turn on them. If an abused dog demonstrates aggression toward you, they are likely afraid; but with a large amount of patience and training, you can get them where they need to be, physically and mentally.
There are pit bulls all across the country that need loving homes. The sweet dogs are sitting in shelters for years because people are nervous to get them or are not allowed to have them. There are various types of pit bull, each having his or her own personality and quirks that make them uniquely awesome. While dog fighting is still present in America, pit bulls are frequently rescued. With obedience any dog can be trained, and all are worthy of love and patience. Through proper care and training the negative perspectives in which people see pit bulls can be removed.
To aid in the rescue of many deserving dogs, Pack Leader Dog Training is offering 25% off of training packages to owners of pit bulls and pit mixes through June, 2018. We also always offer 10% off for any dog recently adopted from a local shelter.
Change the Attitude, Not the Behavior.
While this post is titled “Food Aggression …” the concepts in the article can be applied to any sort of resource guarding. NOTE: dealing with aggression issues, especially if the dog has already bitten someone, is best done under the “hands on” guidance of a professional.
A Kong toy can be your best friend while training! Especially when it comes to dogs with separation anxiety, a Kong toy can really help keep their focus on something positive while you're away.
Now if you're not familiar with what a Kong toy is, they are those strange looking, hollow beady little rubber things you see at all of the pet stores, they come mostly in red or black and they're proclaimed "indestructible". WOW.
There are a few levels to how awesome of a dog owner you can be when filling up your Kong toys:
I started out a mediocre dog owner just like you, I filled them with PEANUT BUTTER. even the occasional Cheese Wiz was thrown into that rubber hole, and you might be thinking, "What's wrong with peanut butter and cheese wiz, Jessica?!?!? My dog eats peanut butter treats all of the time!"
Well, Peanut Butter is BASIC. Lets face the facts here, dog owners, your dog isn't going to stay crazy over peanut butter for hours. We have to try a little harder here, what is your dog going to just go CRAZY for?
What will make them lose they're freaking minds.
Meat, obviously. These are dogs, they're really not all that complicated. Don't think about this too hard.
I have heard that some people will actually make a liver pate paste? of some sort. Now, that's awesome, above and beyond kinds of dog ownership, but really all you need is some canned dog food.
What I do is fill it up pretty good every night and then freeze it, in the morning, it's a pretty cool little meaty Popsicle for your dog,
IT DOESN'T STOP THERE.
Every day, about 10-15 minutes before you leave, pull that Kong out of the freezer, show it to your dog. Let him know about the goodness that awaits him during the day today. After he's good and excited. Throw that Kong in their crate and close it up, Leave them out of it. Now, go about your route, They're gonna be so fixated on this Kong toy, and getting their meat Popsicle that when it's time for you to go they're gonna pop right into that crate and not even notice that you're leaving.
Now it's not like you're putting them into the crate, it's that you're finally allowing them to get into the crate. You want this dog to know that being compliant with your household rules works out to his best advantage.. Now he's eating a Kong full of super yummy stuff, and after a day of gnawing and licking at their new Popsicle, they're take a little nap of being full and tired and wake up to you being home, like you never even left.
I hope that this trick helps some of you in your crate training endeavors.