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

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.
By Sean Bowes


Remote Collar Training Setting The Stimulation

By now, your dog should be used to wearing its collar. After you have accustomed your dog to its training device, you can start to train it without ever triggering the remote to give a charge. For the first few days, it's recommended that pet owners work on training without triggering stimulation; this allows your dog to become comfortable with the weight and feel of collar.

However, after a few days it will be time to set the stimulation level on your device.

Remote Training Collars are just like Wireless Dog Fences and Bark Collars when it comes to choosing a model. The type and model of your collar strongly depends on the size of your dog. Know your dog's size before investing in a collar to ensure safe and reliable training lessons.

Setting Corrections For Command Training

Command Training is one of two types of Remote Collar Training. This type is used as reinforcement when your dog doesn't listen to stern commands or tugs on a leash. After you have decided that your pet requires stimulation for its commands (such as sit, stay, come), it's time to set up the collar.

The perfect setting is one that will motivate your dog and grab its attention, but you don't want your pet to feel overwhelmed, either.

Bring your dog in a familiar setting where he won't be distracted by anything. You should try to do this after exercising to make sure he is calm, too. Set the collar to its lowest Continuous Setting, press the trigger button and watch your dog's reaction. His ears should perk, his face should scrunch a bit and maybe his tail will cower. This lets you know that you have your dog's attention. If your dog has no reaction, raise the settings by one degree until you have their attention.

If your dog overreacts, yelps or seems overwhelmed, reset the collar and make sure you have placed it on the lowest setting.

Setting Corrections For Misbehavior

Generally speaking, the settings for misbehavior training are higher than command settings. This is because you will continually trigger the stimulation until your dog has ceased its poor behavior.

First, set your collar to the lowest setting. Unlike the command training, there is no need to find the "sweet spot" before triggering the remote. Now, wait to catch your dog in the act. Ideally, a low setting will stop your dog's behavior, whether it's digging, chasing or chewing, but if you need to, keep raising the settings by one degree until your dog stops its action.

It's vital to remember some important points when you are collar training to make sure your dog learns its commands correctly and safely.

    Increase Stimulation When...
  • Your dog has no response to the corrections.
  • Your dog is chasing or being unusually aggressive at inappropriate times.
  • Momentary Settings instead of Continuous Stimulation seem to work better.
    Decrease Stimulation When...
  • Your dog is very vocal, yelps or barks excessively when triggered.
  • When you are too far away to watch your dog's reaction.
  • Your dog seems overwhelmed, stressed or anxious after stimulation.
By Sean Bowes

Remote Collar Training Using Leashes As a Training Tool

Most dogs have the cognitive ability to learn at least a dozen simple commands. These "tricks" can be as simple as simple as "Come" or as complex as "Play Dead" (a personal favorite).

A Remote Trainer is a great way to reinforce commands and make lessons more meaningful for your dog. However, it is important that pet owners use leash training as a way to teach commands initially.

Since traditional collars and ID tags can interrupt the prongs on Training Collars, it's recommended that you use a sturdy leash and a body harness instead of a studded or leather collar with metal prongs. The use of traditional collars with metal attachments in unison of a training collar can make it malfunction.

Starting Tug Training

It's no secret that a firm tug on the leash can get Fido's attention. This same type of enforcement is based on the identical principle as Remote Collar Training. Before you trigger stimulation to your dog's collar, try teaching it a command when using a tug of a leash. Only after your dog knows what is expected of it should you use the Training Collar. Below are some popular commands that combine leash and collar training:

  • Walking Training: If someone's ever asked you "Who's walking who?" then you need practice with your dog on the leash. Your dog should always walk next to your side, stop when you stop and turn when you turn. The leash should always have slack on it, too. Your dog should also do its best to ignore other pets and wildlife. A firm tug on the leash and a "no" command is necessary to break bad habits. A continuous or tapping stimulation from a Remote Collar can be a great reinforcement for stubborn learners. Use the collar's stimulation in unison of a tug to keep your pet in line.

  • "Come" Command: A long leash or "long line" is ideal when teaching the Come command. Avoid using your dog's name because it can stir up a bit of confusion. Instead, use a stern "COME" command and a sharp tug of the leash to get their attention. Once your dog knows what is expected, you can reinforce it with the remote trainer. A continuous or tapping stimulation is ideal for this, too. It's important that the stimulation stops the moment your dog starts to come to you. You also need to praise your dog for a job well done.

  • "Down" Command: Your dog should already be familiar with the Down command. If possible, train your dog with a leash-on and pull them into the "DOWN" position before starting training lessons for this command. Then, when you are ready to use the collar, say "Down" while you trigger the remote and guide your dog down with the leash. Release the trigger only when your dog completes the command, then praise them and repeat.

With Remote Training sessions, it's important to keep the lessons short. If your dog doesn't react to the stimulation, and you know it's a command that they are familiar with, then it's ok to raise the stimulation setting. When your dog does learn a command, make sure that they repeat the task successfully 3-7 times. Then, end the training with a game of fetch or some other fun activity.

When you start to see your dog respond to a verbal command (whether it is "Sit," "Come," walking training, etc.), you can stop using the tug technique and focus just on the Remote trigger.

As with most training lessons, you should work with your dog everyday so that they can quickly pick up the new commands. Multiple sessions in one day are OK if you keep them short, but once your dog starts to become tired or restless, there is no use in continuing.

After your dog has learned its commands in a safe and familiar environment, it will be time to introduce distractions so that you can learn to curb your dog's temptations.

By Sean Bowes

Remote Collar Training Using Tones and Sounds

Remote Collars come with a wide range of functions, settings and abilities for owners to teach their pets to behave properly. However, one of the most unused settings on a Remote Collar is actually one of the most functional. The "Beep" or "Tone Only" settings on a collar can be used in two very helpful ways.

The tone setting can be used to show your dog praise, which is great when your dog is far away and you want to signal him from a distance. This is especially useful when giving commands out in the wilderness. Another way to use the collar's tone setting is to substitute the tone for a command. This works if you have a popular command that you don't want to shout (such as "Heel.").

Using a Tone as Praise

As you know, if your dog is going to be successful in its training, you need to praise it for a job well done. Treats, scratches behind the ear and a playful banter should get your dog's tail wagging, which is important for them to stay motivated in training sessions. Below are some easy steps to introduce the tone setting to your dog, if you plan to use it for praise.

  1. With the collar on, start to trigger the tones when your dog is doing something he likes to do. Playing with a toy or eating a treat are great ways to get them used to the tone. It also associates the sound with something happy.
  2. After your dog has gotten used to the tone, start giving him basic commands that you know he can complete. Press the tone a few times when he performs the command correctly.
  3. After your dog performs a command, immediately trigger the tone. Wait a moment before giving your verbal praise or treat. Continue this method so that your dog hears the "positive" tone before hearing your voice.
  4. Make the tone a regular sound anytime they do something worthy of praise.
  5. Avoid trigger physical stimulation directly after hearing a tone. The tone is meant to give your dog a feeling of success and relaxation for a job well done, a corrective stimulation can confuse your dog after completing a task correctly.

Using a Tone as a Command

If you think that that the Tone Setting on your collar could be better used as a command, then you can use it in the same way as a whistle or a specific word. The collars are ideal for outdoorsmen that plan on being in the wilderness with their dogs. It also allows you to give your pet a "stealth" command so that no one else hears it, too.

Pet owners should note – The tone setting should only be used as praise or for one specific command. A canine will not be able to learn that the specific tone from a collar has different meanings. It's best to keep it simple. The most common command for pet owners looking to use the tone is to "come."

  1. Your dog should already know how to "come" from your command. It should be able to do this without the use of a physical stimulation. Now, you can use the tone button in union with your verbal command. Do this every session and every time you call your dog.
  2. After a few training sessions, try using the tone only to get your dog to Come. If your dog does not come right away, trigger the physical stimulation and give them the verbal command again.
  3. After repeating the tasks, your dog should be aware that your verbal command represents the same thing as the tone. You should be able to do one or the other and have your dog come to your side. Repetition is key to success.
By Sean Bowes

Remote Collar Training Still Having Obedience Problems?

For most pet owners, Remote Training Collars are one of the most useful tools for teaching canines to behave properly, however that doesn't mean training will always go flawlessly. As you may have found out, training a dog takes a lot of trial and error. It can also test your patience.

Most Remote Collars work by placing a rechargeable, long-range receiver collar on your dog. This works in unison with a remote that can trigger stimulation (continuous, tapping or vibrating) to the collar. It can also send a "Tone Only" beeping sound to the collar. This allows pet owners to quickly correct bad behavior, reaffirm important instructions or send out a command from the touch of a button.

Although these collars are extremely durable and waterproof, there is always a chance for malfunction, problems with training or a poor fit on some dogs.

My Dog Isn't Responding Appropriately

  • My Dog Ignores The Stimulation: It is essential that your dog is wearing the collar correctly. You should be able to fit one finger in between the prong and your dog's neck. Also, you need to be sure the prongs have a clear contact point, this is especially important for longhaired dogs. To ensure a trustworthy contact point, you must keep your dog's neck hair trimmed (don't shave it, though - this may irritate their skin).
  • The Collar Fits, But Fido Still Ignores The Stimulation: After awhile, dogs become used to stimulation from the collar. Some dogs won't even acknowledge the static charge after awhile. If your dog doesn't respond to a triggered stimulation, you must raise the strength setting on the collar until you get the appropriate response.
  • The Remote Collar Seems To Confuse My Dog: Many dog owners are excited to test out their new device to start training. This enthusiasm is great, but it's important to take steps slowly with your dog. Remember, a collar will not teach your dog any new tricks; it can only reaffirm commands that it already knows or stop poor behavior in its tracks. If your dog doesn't under the stimulation, continue with check-and-tug training with a leash before continuing with the collar.
  • My Dog Won't Learn The "Down" Command: Because of the location of a training collar's prongs, it can be unnatural for a dog to bow down towards the area where they are being stimulated. This is an easy and important command for most dogs to learn, but the collar can create confusion when it's triggered. Use a leash to pull them Down as you give them a command and trigger stimulation. If this doesn't work, lower the intensity level by one and turn the collar around so it is on the back of their scruff and try again. This will coax their body to go in the down position.
  • My Dog Becomes Distracted or Lags at the End of a Training Session: Training sessions need to be short and sweet for your dog to gain knowledge. Remember, you want to do as many short lessons as possible with your dog, but anything more than 30 minutes will become monotonous for your pet. Also, it's important to start and end every session with a bit of exercise and playtime so that Fido associates the lessons with a positive experience. Praising your dog is extremely important, too.

It's vital that pet owners use their Remote Collars correctly during training sessions. Having the proper sized collar, a snug fit, a charged battery and the right attitude can make an extreme difference when training with your dog. After you are sure that the equipment is functionally correctly, you can start to "re-teach" all of your commands and begin to break bad habits quickly.

By Sean Bowes

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