Does Your Dog Only Listen to You Whilst Wearing the Training Collar?

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:26 May 2014 

Don't Let Your Dog Become 'Collar-Wise'


A remote dog training collar can be an extremely effective tool for modifying a dog's behaviour.  However there is not a real lot of point if your dog only obeys commands when he thinks he has to.  This is known as having a 'collar aware' or 'collar wise dog'.  The whole idea of using a remote trainer is to modify the dog’s behaviour on a permanent basis, whether wearing the collar or not.  Well, as near as permanent as can be expected with a living, breathing animal, that is!
 

The first mistake

The first thing most people do when getting a remote training collar for their dog is whack it on as fast as they have unwrapped it (or charged it up!).  Then as quickly as they can they hit the remote in an attempt to get rid of that unwanted behaviour.  Unfortunately in this case the dog quickly understands the collar is controlling him.  What we want is the dog to correlate the correction with the unwanted behaviour, collar or no collar.  So how can we avoid this situation arising?

 

The Solution?

The first thing I advise is to put the training collar on the dog regularly for a period without actually using it.  The longer you can the better.  Now I know for some this will be a real struggle, not using the collar.  However it will be worth it.  I even suggest putting the collar on before walks, feeding or playtime.  After a short time you will have your dog begging to put the collar on!!  The key though is to get the dog wearing it regularly with no corrections.

The next step is to actually use the E collar.  I don't want to discuss techniques, timing etc. in this article.  Safe to say this is the first day you are going to correct the dog for the unwanted behaviour using your remote dog training collar.  Put the collar on the dog early in the day and try not to give the dog access to the behaviour that you want to correct.  Go about business as usual with at least a couple of hours of the dog getting no corrections. 

For example if your dog has been pulling washing off the line, place the collar on early in the morning and then just before lunch expose him to the washing, and take up a position ready to activate the collar.  Hopefully you get the chance to activate the collar whilst you are lying in wait!  By this time the dog should start to associate pulling the washing off the line with the unpleasant correction.  Not the collar itself!!  Once you have finished the exercise do not let the dog have access to the behaviour you are correcting i.e. take the washing off the line!  Let the dog go about his business, but leave the training collar for at least an hour or so before removing.  During this early training period we do not want to give the dog any access to washing without the collar on and you supervising.  Consistency is vital at this time.
 

Important

By putting the dog training collar on well before using and leaving it on after we have finished also makes it more difficult for the dog to make the connection that the shock collar is causing the correction.  It is fairly clear to see that if you put the collar on and started using it immediately, the dog will quickly figure it out!  Also continue to put the collar on when you are not doing any training at all.  The training collar just becomes part of everyday life.

Hope that this article has answered a few questions for you about using remote training collars for dogs and how to get the best out of them.  If you have a Pet Dog, then consider these pet dog training collars, if you have working dogs, please look at these remote dog training collars. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to suggest an upcoming article.