There are many misconceptions about e-collar training. See our frequently asked questions, and put your mind at ease.
An e-collar is a collar with an electric stimulation mechanism (similar to an electric fence collar). The collar is controlled by a remote that the handler holds. The remote allows you to maintain full control of your dog up to 400 yards. Therefore, it gives your dog a lot of freedom and it saves you from worrying about your dog running off. It is not used as a punishment or a “shock collar” as many people assume, it is simply used as a training device for communicating with your dog. The e-collar produces a subtle electrical current between two contact points located on the collar. Poor quality, or outdated collars were used as “shock collars,” and inexperienced dog owners tried to use this device to scare their dog into submission. In the proven training method, we teach, your dog is never shocked into submission or abused.
Unlike a shocking device, the e-collar is used to get the dog’s attention and keep him or her focused on listening to the handler. It is the equivalent of someone tapping your shoulder to get your attention, or setting your phone on vibrate. We teach the dog to listen to those “taps” and that the “taps” mean, “I am trying to get your attention.”
Las Vegas K9 recently switched to using e-collars on their service dogs. Shortly thereafter, they took ‘top dog’ and ‘top agency’ at the Western States Canine Trials. Their obedience to the commands became faster, sharper, and instant because the dogs know exactly what is expected of them when given the commands. During the trials, the dogs are not allowed to wear the e-collars.
There is a reason that the top law enforcement agencies, military, and top federal agencies: patrol, detection, and search and rescue dogs are trained using e-collars!
No. During your first meeting with your trainer, he or she will put the e-collar on your arm and you will feel how mild the stimulation is. One common misconception is the e-collar will burn your dog’s skin. This is false. Other people think that it is like being shocked with a taser, this is also false. We are dog trainers because we LOVE dogs and we would never do anything to harm them in any way!
No! You will be surprised that your dog will exhibit quite the OPPOSITE reaction to his or her e-collar. When you turn an e-collar on, it beeps. In a very short time, your dog will recognize this “beep” as their collar being turned on. Almost every dog upon hearing this beep, will coming running and sit down in front of you and wait for you to put it on them. Why? Because the dog knows the e-collar means that they are going outside (walk, run, play, be free, etc.), AND they know they are going to do training!
A bored dog is a destructive dog; a trained/exercised dog is a HAPPY dog. They look forward to their training sessions because it stimulates them and gives them something to do. Imagine being at work on a slow day, the day drags and you feel sluggish. When you are busy, it goes by fast and you are energized! Now imagine a dog with no friends, no Facebook, no television, and no Internet. Their only REAL stimulation is the training you give them and their time outside to run, play, and bond with you!
Generally, we do not start e-collar training on a dog until it is at least five months old.