The Many Uses of Training Collars: A Lesson in Versatility

A training collar is an effective tool during a dog's training.

Training a boisterous dog can seem like an impossible task. No matter how often you tell it not to, your pooch never listens to your commands and keeps jumping on the furniture or digging up the yard. Even professional dog trainers sometimes have difficulty with particularly exuberant dogs, which is why they use electronic dog collars to aid the training process.

More commonly referred to as training collars, electronic dog collars are an effective tool used for basic command training and for solving behavioral problems. Combining compact designs, ease of use and versatile features, training collars have proven to be an invaluable asset for a wide variety of training applications, making them an extremely good investment.

How Soon is Now? When to Begin Training with a Training Collar
A typical electronic dog training collar and remote control unit.

It's pointless trying to train a dog too early because a puppy won't have mentally matured enough to understand what's expected of it. The best time to begin the training process will vary but as an average, 6 months is probably about right.

Having said that, for owners who adopted a rescue dog older than 6 months or never got around to training their pets when they were young, it's never too late to start training.

Basic Training 101: Teaching Commands to Household Dogs

There are certain basic commands every dog needs to understand and obey. 'Come', 'heel', 'sit' and 'stay' are core principles for any well trained dog and seen as obligatory for household or 'companion' dogs. Using a training collar in conjunction with vocal commands can expedite the training process with passive dogs and ensure compliance from dogs usually known for their refusal to listen to commands.

The ultimate goal of basic obedience command training is to teach your dog to do what it's told to do, and to do it immediately.

Outdoor Obedience: Training Collars for Hunting Dogs
This fellow hasn't learned the commands 'heel' or 'come' yet.

Training collars are also useful for teaching commands to hunting dogs and dogs that are allowed to roam over large tracts of land. To understand and react to orders to 'return', 'stay' or 'retrieve' are just as vital in open spaces as 'heel' is in an urban setting. Some electronic collars have longer ranges and additional features such as the capacity to control 2 or more dogs at a time. These training collars are marketed as hunting collars, although in essence they are the same as regular training collars.

If correctly trained in outdoor obedience you'll never need to worry that your dog will run off or present problems when off-leash in a rural environment.

Training Collars: Breaking Bad Behavior

As well as teaching basic commands, training collars are also used for behavioral training and breaking bad habits.

Common behavioral issues include; jumping on people, eating forbidden foods, chasing animals, excessive barking, digging up the yard and chewing or laying on the furniture.

As with basic commands training, behavioral training is done using spoken commands and the training collar to complement one another, and many advocates claim that using both gets quicker and more successful results than vocal commands alone.

Train Yourself for the Best Results

Although training collars /DogTrainingCollars.aspx are very easy to use, it's widely recommended that owners get a little training themselves before trying to train with an electronic collar for the first time. Just reading a training book or some online resources will probably increase your success rate when it comes to training your dog. You could also talk with people you know who have used training collars and learn their tips, and of course there are many professional dog trainers in the local listings who can help you train your dog if you feel you need a little expert advice.

By John Bone
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