If your dog has not been receptive to traditional obedience training methods, you might be considering other resources to curb certain behaviors. Training collars for dogs have both positive and negative connotations.
When used appropriately they can provide positive reinforcement techniques or be used for alerting the dog that a correction is needed. If you are considering using a training collar, the information below can provide insight into the process of selecting one that is safe and effective to use.
Electric shock dog training collars have been receiving some heat from dog owners as of late. However, many dog trainers and experts have advocated the use of these shock collars on dogs as long as you purchase a high quality collar and learn how to use it properly. This is key in ensuring that your pet will never be harmed.
How to Choose Training Collars for Dogs
First, identify any and all behaviors that you are trying to correct.
For example, if your dog's only area of concern is barking, that might require a different collar than a dog who does not walk well on a leash. If it is a combination of multiple areas, and finding a collar that addresses all of them is important.
Types of Training Collars
Second, explore the various types of collars available.
Electric Collars (sometimes called shock collars). The features on electric collars vary, some offer multiple options to address several behaviors while others focus on a specific behavior such as barking. These should be used to make the dog aware of misbehavior and never as punishment. Many of these are not to be left on full-time including overnight or in a kennel. Owners looking to train a sport dog for pointing or hunting activities also may explore this option.
Prong Collars. For dogs who are taking longer to learn how to walk properly on a leash, or who have chewed through other training colors, prong collars may be an option to curb a few specific behaviors. These need to be correctly fit to work properly and the position of the leash attachment depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Prong collars should not be confused with choke collars as they have a different design, and should only be on during training sessions.
Containment System Collars. While these have some similarities to the other electric collars, their primary focus is to alert the dog when they are too close to leaving a set boundary. These are on the pet on a regular basis and not just for training.
Decisions and Research
Third, decide what you are comfortable with and research how to properly use any collar you select.
Training collars for dogs are not designed to inflict pain and should never be used that way.
To ensure a productive process for your dog, read all the instructions and then you can be on your way to ending the bad behaviors that your pet has, and continue to form a lasting bond.
At the end of the day, if you cannot be bothered with a collar, just stick your loved one into a dog backpack carrier and that will be that.