Remote Collar Training Exploring Your Techniques
After you have fitted your dog with the collar, it should be familiar and comfortable while wearing the device. As you may know, your dog should wear the collar for a few days before starting training sessions. If you suddenly put the collar on your dog and it starts getting corrective stimulation, it will directly associate the collar with the static charge and become "collar wise." A dog that is collar wise can be difficult to train any time they are not wearing the device. Once your dog is at ease with the collar, you can begin to plan out your training techniques. There two different types of obedience lessons that you can practice with your dog when using remote collar. It is recommended to pick one at a time.
Reinforcing Commands is the first type of Remote Training. This is used as a motivational tool when your dog fails to obey commands such as "sit," "come," or "lay." Eventually, the collar can be used to reinforce Double Commands, which could be like "come and sit."
When you begin your training sessions, you should have already found the "sweet spot" for the perfect intensity level. Most collars have a static charge that can be adjusted; you want one that is stern and grabs attention without hurting your pooch. Now, you should play with your dog and get in its exercise before starting with commands. You should also avoid areas such as dog parks or busy neighborhoods because your pooch may get distracted during the early sessions. Below are some key points to remember when command training.
- Lessons: Many short lessons are better than one long one. Dogs have short attention spans and can become tired quickly after 30 minutes of training with the same commands.
- Keep Commands Related: Dogs associate movements easily, so training your pet to "come" and "sit" in the same day can be confusing. Instead, try to arrange sessions so that "sit" and "lay" are in the same day. Motion Commands and Stationary Commands should be taught separately.
- Praise: A pocket full of treats is always a good thing when your dog does a job well done. Positive reinforcement is a key to success.
- Leash Tug: Do not start with the training collar to make your dog learn a command. Use it as reinforcement for commands that you are already working on. Use a "leash tug" method when your dog isn't using the collar. Anytime your dog doesn't obey a command, give a stern tug of the leash. Then during training lessons, you can tug and trigger the collar simultaneously.
- Keep The Remote Hidden: Do not point the remote in your dog's face when giving them a stimulation. Your pet will quickly associate the collar with a corrective charge, which can lead them to be "collar wise."
Correcting Bad Behavior
For the problem pooch, a remote collar can be ideal for training purposes. However, a pet owner should choose which training technique to use before strapping the collar on their dog. Using a remote collar for corrective training and learning commands can be counterintuitive. It's best to focus on only one type of training.
Putting an end to misbehavior takes a keen eye and consistent work from the owner. Below are some key points to remember before getting started:
- Catch Them in the Act: Just like housetraining, a corrective charge won't do anything if you catch them after they have misbehaved. This holds true for Jumping on Furniture, Digging or Chewing.
- Timing: You need to be handy with the remote. The moment you see your dog misbehaving you need to trigger stimulation. This is especially true for Jumping.
- Stay in the Shadows: Unlike command training, it's easier for your dog to learn that their misbehavior is causing their collar to react. Controlling the remote from indoors as your dog tries to dig a hole is a good example. Your dog shouldn't be aware that you are the one triggering the remote.
- Choose The Corrective Setting: Misbehavior settings are often higher than Command settings. When your dog is misbehaving, such as jumping on furniture, trigger the remote to give your dog stimulation. If your dog fails to move, raise the intensity by one. Keep doing so until your dog reacts accordingly.
- Avoid Temptations: Think about other training solutions before relying on a training collar. For instance, if Fido keeps chewing your shoes, consider placing your footwear in a dresser drawer instead of letting your dog make a snack out of your Nikes.