While e-collars are one of the best tools to train your dogs, if you misuse them, the consequences can be enormous, and this is one of the main reason why many dog owners do not approve of using an e-collar. So that you can use it more efficiently, you need to look at the following mistakes in training and find out exactly how you can get around problems.
Mistake #1: Not reading the manual
Most professional e-collars come with a manual that clearly describes the steps that you should take when you wish to use the e-collar. Also, they can have safety guidelines depicted in the manual. However, owners still commit many mistakes when they start using the e-collars on their dogs. This could be avoided entirely if the owner decides to read the manual instead of chucking it aside.
Solution: Read the manual carefully!
Mistake #2: Lack of familiarization phase
This may be closely related to the first mistake. Some owners tend to jump right into the fray when it comes to using the e-collar, rather than getting to know the e-collar with themselves and the dog. This can lead to misuse of the e-collar with the dog, which ultimately leads to a higher risk of injury to the dog.
Solution: We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the e-collar. As for your dog, as this is a relatively new device for him, try introducing him to it. What you can do is put an electronic collar next to the dog and then give your dog treats. Repeat this for several days before even trying to wear it on him.
Mistake #3: Treating the e-collar as a solution to all problems
In most cases, owners will decide to purchase the e-collar, hoping that it will fix whatever issues that they are facing with the dog. Yes, the e-collar can technically help you in more ways than one, but it will be very wrong to treat the e-collar as a solution to all problems. If so, you may be stressing your dog too much. This can lead to your dog ignoring you in the long run.
Solution: Not all issues require an e-collar. You should use alternative methods to train your dog. Otherwise, if the issue is small, then you can simply ignore them.
Mistake #4: Using the e-collar as a quick-fix
Some owners might consider the e-collar as a quick-fix and hence might demand immediate results when using the e-collar just for a few moments. This is definitely not possible, given that you will need to train the dog before he can understand the commands associated with the e-collar. For this reason, when owners start to demand that the dog speed up their learning via the e-collar, the results can be terrible. For example, it may result in your dog developing an aversion towards the training collar. In other instances, damaging your dog’s physiological behavior can be possible.
Solution: Never demand an instant fix to all problems. Always be patient with your dog.
Mistake #5: Dog responds to you only when wearing e-collar
The "collar-wise" dogs are only responding to you when they are on the e-collar. It just means that the training that you have given to the dog is not sufficient enough. Either that or you have become too complacent and inconsistent with the usage of the e-collar. This will result in your dog being dependent on the e-collar to respond to your commands.
Solution: Always be consistent in your training with the dog. Ensure that you always follow through with your actions.
Mistake #6: No training sessions with the dog before using e-collar
You will need to conduct various training sessions with your dog so that your dog will not develop aggression issues when you first use the e-collar on him. Also, if you have done things wrongly, you might get a dog that is only adhering to your commands when the e-collar is on.
Solution: You must conduct a training session with your dog all the time. This is even more important if you are using the e-collar for the first time with your dog. Ensure that the sessions are fruitful, with an end in mind. For starters, we will encourage the owner to conduct at least a few sessions of training before you start on the e-collar training itself.
Mistake #7: Long training sessions
While training is indeed necessary, the duration of each session is equally important too. Some owners tend to conduct training sessions that last for hours. This can create an issue of the dog finding each session boring and may grow immune to your training methodology. This is because the dog can start to lose focus when the training session gets more extended, or it can become a routine for the dog hence causing him to lose focus.
Solution: Always break down the training sessions into chunks. Never train the dogs for hours straight as it might cause the dog to feel bored. I recommend fast and positive 10-15 minutes training.