In my years as a professional dog trainer and e-collar enthusiast I have noticed that there are basically two types of people when it comes to the world of e-collar dog obedience training. There are those who become intimidated by electric shock training and never even open the package, and there are those who tend to jump right in and get started without really learning the proper training techniques.
Whether you are just getting your toes wet in the world of e-collar dog obedience training and want to learn a few pointers before you begin your journey to a well behaved dog, or you have been testing the waters for quite some time now without adequate satisfaction, it never hurts to learn a few more tricks and techniques in order to make your dog training adventure a little easier.
Familiarize Yourself with the Remote Control Transmitter
Before you begin your e-collar dog obedience training session, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your remote control transmitter. Hold it in your hand and get used to the location of the buttons and/or dials. Try to remember what each button, dial, or button sequence does, so you’re familiar with the unit prior to training. Simulate a dog training session and practice what your response would be to possible training scenarios. Following this simple technique will help you build confidence and prevent frustration or mishap as you continue on your dog training adventure.
Before you begin to reinforce commands with the use of your remote e-collar dog obedience training system, it is a good idea to make sure that your dog understands what is expected of him. Introduce basic commands like “sit”, “stay” and “lie down”, and be sure to offer praise or treats for a job well done.
Simplify Your Training Plan
One of the most common mistakes that people make when training dogs is to think like a human. Owners often move from one step to the next or switch commands before the dog has had a chance to completely comprehend what is expected of them. Remember that dogs think and learn in a more simplified manner, and tend to do best when taking one simple step at a time. As an example, if you are working on the “sit” command, make sure that your dog has that command mastered before moving on to the next command.
Choose the Correct Stimulation Level for Your Dog
Another common mistake of dog trainers is to over-stimulate or under-stimulate their dog. When selecting the level of stimulation, always begin at the lowest setting and work your way up. Pay close attention to your dog’s reaction at each level. In most cases, the lowest level of stimulation to which your dog responds will be the correct level of static correction.
Being consistent is the key to success regardless of the stage you are at in your dog training adventure. Failing to remain consistent can lead to confusion which can significantly interfere with your training progress.