How to Use an Electronic Dog Training Collar

Electronic Dog training collar

Most electronic dog training collars have numerous stimulation settings. Some also use a tone, beep or voice recording to get the dogs attention. you need to choose the proper setting that best suits your dog. A large dog will usually require a higher setting than a small dog.

To find the proper intensity setting for your dog start at the lowest level first. If this setting does not get their attention go up another level and so on. If the dog lets out a yelp than the level is too high. Back down at least one level. Training your dog should be a good experience for both you and them.

When beginning the training process it is a good idea to start out using a standard training collar and leash. When you give a command like sit or stay put tension on the collar by pulling back. Immediately after the dog obeys release the tension and praise them for doing well. now add the electronic training collar and follow the same steps. at the same time you give the command and pull back on the leash push the button on the transmitter. Release when your dog obeys. After doing this once or twice remove the standard training collar and leash and repeat the command using just the Electronic Training Collar.

You can use these same guidelines when training your dog to learn just about any command that you want. Just remember to show them plenty of love and affection every time they obey. In doing this the training will be more fun for them and they won’t mind wearing the electronic training collar.

When choosing a dog collar it is always a good idea to pick one that is from a reputable company get what you pay for as far as quality goes, stick with brand names and products with good reviews. many websites have reviews that you can read pick only collars that have 4 star ratings or more to ensure you get a great product.

Many dog collars come with a DVD or video explaining how to use the collar. They usually go through all the commands and explain exactly what do. If you dog collar does not come with a video look for a video on the many video sharing websites on the Internet such as Picking the right collar and learning how to use it correctly will ensure that the training of you dog goes smoothly.

Puppy Lead Training – Dog Trainers Top Tips

Teaching a puppy to walk on a lead is one of the most important steps in training. Once you have gone through puppy lead training your puppy will be much safer and more manageable, and it will make walking a more pleasant experience for both of you.

Because you are reading this article about how to lead train a puppy, chances are that you already have a puppy and are ready to begin the training. If you are in this position you are at a great advantage because training a puppy to walk on a lead is much easier that trying to retrain an old dog with bad habits.

If you follow this article carefully, your puppy should learn to walk on a lead perfectly within a week. If it takes a little longer don’t worry because every dog is different. Just be patient and remember that you can’t expect your puppy to know this stuff, you have to teach it to them.

When it comes to puppy lead training, the sooner you can begin, the better. The first step is to make your puppy comfortable with wearing a collar. Get yourself a simple, lightweight collar and place it over your puppies head while you are playing, this helps to distract their attention from the collar. At first, he is likely to try and get it off by rolling around or scratching it, at this stage you want to leave the puppy alone until they forget about it. Once they have left it alone for a while take it off them.

When you reach the stage where it no longer bothers your puppy to wear the collar, it is time to use the lead. you need to take time to let the puppy get to know the lead, and realize that it is not a threat. Clip it on his collar and let him play with it and drag it around the house, after a while he will forget about it.

Once the puppy is happy with the collar and the lead, you can start to use the lead. The initial training sessions should be short and enjoyable for you and the puppy. During this time it is likely that the puppy will want to follow you everywhere anyway so use this to help with the training.

Initially you just want to walk around the house with the lead loosely in your hand and have the puppy trotting along next to you. When he follows you on the loose lead, give him lots of praise and treats. When he pulls ahead on the lead, just stop, don’t pull on the lead, just call him back to you, praise him when he comes and start again.

And there you go your puppy now enjoys walking with you on the lead!!

Dog Training Blog

Did you know that there are different styles of training within the positive reinforcement “camp”? There are trainers that only use one style and others (like myself) use many different strategies depending on what works in a given situation. however, I NEVER use pain or fear when training.

I also feel strongly that a trainer should not be able to call him or herself a “positive reinforcement” trainer if they use or recommend choke chains, prong collars or shock collars. this might evoke some heated comments, but I have been training dogs long enough and have trained thousands of dogs. I can guarantee you that I will not change my mind. There are humane alternatives to those methods and, if you know what you are doing, you can use positive reinforcement for basic through advanced training, fear, aggression, anxiety, or barking. you can use a clicker when using these strategies or just say, “yes” or another reward marker. this marks the specific moment in time that your dog performed the corrrect behavior. 

  1. Shaping – this method gives no verbal instruction. The dog’s motivation is increased by rewarding certain behaviors and ignoring other behaviors. If you are consistent with when you reward and when you ignore behaviors, certain behaviors will become more reliable and other behaviors can be “extinguished” or stopped. At this point, your dog will start to anticipate getting rewarded for a certain behavior. If your dog jumps, for example, you shoule ignore the jumping behavior. As soon as your dog does anything else – sitting, standing, walking away, etc., you would mark that behavior with a “yes” or a clicker and reward that behavior. Dogs will do behaviors more often if it gets them rewards. In this case, you are communicating to your dog that jumping does not get the Reward mark, followed by a reward. you can then fine-tune your request by only clicking certain behaviors such as SIT and ignoring any of the other behaviors. Your dog will eventually understand that the only way to get the reward is to SIT. At this point you can look at your dog and cue (with either hand signal or verbal cue) your dog to SIT.
  2. Luring – this method uses a food lure to move your dog into the right position to get the reward mark and reward. In the jumping example, if your dog is jumping you could take a food treat and position it over his head until he is looking at it and sitting. Verbal cues such as “Eh! Eh!” (wrong answer) and “Good!” are often used to help your dog move into the right position. you would then mark the behavior and reward when the expected behavior is performed.
  3. Physical prompting – this involves is using your body or the leash to gently move your dog into position and reward. An example of this is standing on the leash to prevent jumping and then rewarding when your dog sits, or gently pulling the leash towards you after saying, “Come” and then rewarding when your dog is close to you.

I use and recommend all of these techniques depending on what works with your dog. The purist Clicker trainers such as Karen Pryor are adamant about never luring because they argue that you are teaching your dog to always ask for help and blindly follow the lure and not learn the correct behavior on their own. As long as you are using humane methods, I suggest trying different techniques. 

With any technique, it is important to have appropriate expectations and teach in small increments to keep your dog learning and to avoid frustration. If you find that your dog is not learning, you should lower your expectations and/or increase the value of the reward.

When using the above training styles, there are a variety of ways to motivate a dog to do correct behaviors. These are really what you should focus on when you are working with your dog. it is always important to remember that a dog is actively learning whether you are intentionally trying to teach him something. For instance, if your dog jumps on you and you pet him, he will learn that jumping is an effective way to get petted. The following strategies will help you come up with a plan to motivate your dog to do the behaviors that you find acceptable. In the jumping example, you might ignore your dog when he jumps and then pet him and play with him when he stops jumping. you might also use a timeout if he continues to jump. that will teach him that jumping “ends the fun” and that he shouldn’t jump.

Reward acceptable behavior. this is an important strategy. Dogs do what works. we can use this to our advantage by paying attention to what they are doing and give them what they want BEFORE they make a mistake. a good example is if you are working on teaching your dog not to jump, make sure you talk to him and let him know “Good boy!” and periodically reward him when you walk into a room and he does not jump on you. Ignore inappropriate behavior. An example of this is begging at the table. If a dog gets rewarded for begging, he will do it again and again. If you stop rewarding for it, he will try something else. The first time he tries something appropriate such as lying down, give him a treat. hopefully he will think, “How did I get that treat? maybe it was that lying down thing. I will try that again!” then, you make sure to notice him doing it right the next time and reward him again. Eventually, he should come over to the table and lie down because that is what has worked for him in the past. No reward mark. This is a signal to your dog that he is doing something wrong. Dogs do not come from the litter with an understanding of our language. we have to teach them through the consistent use of associations and consequences. (Eh! Eh!) or another no Reward mark (NRM) should be used to tell your dog “wrong answer!.” great care should then be taken to make sure they have an alternative, appropriate outlet for their behavior, or they understand what they should be doing instead. Timeouts. this is probably the most powerful positive reinforcement teaching method for most dogs. you can give your dog three chances to get it right and then you remove him from the action for a short amount of time. An example of this is jumping on people. The first time he jumps you take the attention away from him because that is what he wants and we don’t want him to be rewarded for inappropriate behavior. you do this by turning your back and saying (Eh! Eh!) then, when he is on the ground, you say “Good boy!” and pet him. If he sits, that is even better and you give him a treat. The second time he jumps on you do the same thing. The third time, say “Timeout” without anger or yelling and take him to a different area of the house or a crate.Timeout Specifics. Put him in the timeout area for 10 seconds up to a minute at the most and leave the area so he can’t see you. then, come back and say, “Ok, let’s try again.” then when he comes out of the area and as he is doing it right you praise him “Thanks for not jumping, it is such a good decision to stay on the ground!” If he jumps, however, he does not get three chances, he immediately gets another timeout. 

What you are doing is communicating to him using timing and consistency that his behavior has consequences. he can be with you if he does not jump, but jumping is not appropriate. Incidentally, if he is timed out for jumping and comes out of the timeout area and nips, barks or other inappropriate behavior that you are currently working on, you can instantly time out again. 

If you have trouble grabbing him after you say “timeout” have him wear a short leash around the house. I recommend wearing a collar and leash only when you are home to watch him to prevent choking accidents. 

You can also manage his behavior or time him out by looping a 4-6 foot leashes over a doorknob and attaching his collar to the leash and walking away. For jumping, you might walk a few feet away and then turn around “Good! you are not jumping!” If you walk closer and he leaves his feet, you would say “Eh! Eh!” and walk away again. this is very effective when guests come over as well.with timeouts, make sure you focus on the correct behaviors when you take him out of the timeout area or before he makes a mistake. Talk to him or reward him for doing the right thing. Often novice trainers don’t pay attention to when their dog until they do something inappropriate. then the dog gets rewarding for acting up and he will do that again. Focus on the good behavior and your dog will learn to behave much faster.Withhold or remove reward. This is something that you should practice daily with a variety of things that your dog wants. a good way of using this is when feeding. have your dog sit and put the food bowl down slowly in front of him. Talk to him the whole time: “Good boy!” and continue moving the food bowl down. however, as soon as he stands up and breaks the sit, you say (Eh! Eh!) and remove the food bowl. Once again, you are teaching him that his behavior has consequences. then put the food bowl down again. If he isn’t able to hold his sit or makes a mistake 3 times in a row for any behavior, you need to make it easier. In this case, put the food bowl down faster when he is sitting and then say “OK” which means he can eat. Make it harder each day by putting it down slower and having him wait longer and longer before he can eat.

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It’s A Dog’s Life

There is a phrase used by people who have little in their lives but their work and commitments at home, with little scope for fun. “It’s a dog’s life”, people will sometimes mutter when the stream of demands on their time simply will not stop. They mean that it is tiring, unrewarding and punishing. And yet, if you look at the average dog, their life seems pretty sweet in comparison. Think about this; would you swap places with your dog? Most of us would probably say “yes”.

However there is, it must be said, something in that well-worn phrase which chimes with the dog-owners among us. A dog, after all, is rarely given the freedom to do absolutely what it wants. If a human being had to lead a dog’s life, the chances are that we wouldn’t do all that well at it. As humans, we can go and get a snack when we feel like it, our toilet is convenient and hygienic, and we can ask for things and be instantly understood. For a dog, things are generally at the mercy of their owners.

When you are training your dog, then, it is wise to cut it some slack. As far as it is concerned, you are exhibiting some very strange behavior that it will not understand initially, and if it is slow to respond then this can be understood. It is not a stupid dog for getting things wrong. In fact, by paying attention to you it is being very obedient.

The Benefits Of Doing It Yourself

There are people, many of them, who make a living from training dogs. They will take your dog for a period of time each week and teach it commands, behaviors and tricks that will make you clasp your hands in joy, and yet the thing about this is that most people don’t want to do things that way. As much fun as it may be to inherit a dog who will behave like you’d always dreamed a dog could behave, it takes away something that should be there between humans and dogs – the connection that makes humans and dogs such great partners in crime (metaphorically).

It takes longer to train a dog if you have no experience of doing it, and this is why many people are prepared to part with hard-earned cash to allow a professional to train their pet. For some of us, this kind of expense is prohibitive, and for others it may be more than affordable but a needless waste. We want to train our dogs, ourselves, because they are ours. Where is the fun in leaving it to someone else?

There is also the fact that in training your dog, you build a bond with it. many dogs will react strongly to their masters’ voice, while not paying heed to the same commands from others. Although a professional dog trainer will take every care to ensure that your dog learns the command and not the voice, there is undeniably something important about being the one from whom your dog learns to sit, stay and roll over. It is the all-important connection.