There are plenty of ways to train a dog. Some are more effective than others, but it mostly depends on your dog and its personality. One effective method that has somewhat of a bad reputation is e-collar training. At BCK-9 Services, we understand how effective this method can be and know how to balance reinforcement without pain. Read more below to bust some myths and misconceptions about this Texas K-9 training method.
Myth: An e-collar will hurt my dog.
One of the most common misconceptions about an e-collar is that it will burn or shock their dog like a taser. An e-collar would be considered cruel and unusual punishment if this were the case. At BCK-9 Services, we love dogs and would never want to harm your dog. If you’d like to see for yourself how the e-collar works before putting it on your dog, you can hold it and see what it feels like.
Rather than zapping your dog, the e-collar sends a mild stimulus to the dog’s neck to discourage negative behavior and even encourage positive behavior with reinforcement. It can also be used as an effective method for redirecting your dog if it’s giving negative attention to another dog, animal, or object.
Myth: My dog will be afraid of the e-collar.
This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Similar to how a dog will come running when it sees you grab the leash, your dog will learn to understand that the e-collar means they’re going to get to go out and play without a leash. It’s not unusual for dogs to be excited when it’s time to put on the e-collar and go outside.
Myth: An e-collar is used to shock my dog into submission.
We can’t repeat enough that an e-collar is not a shock collar. It used to be commonplace for new dog owners to use a shock collar as a “training” method to strike fear into their pet when it performed undesirable actions. While negative reinforcement works as a method of training, it shouldn’t ever come in the form of pain. Your dog can learn without being shocked.
Myth: An e-collar is a quick fix to obedience issues.
There’s no such thing as a quick fox for obedience or behavior issues. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t use, teaching good behavior comes with time, consistency, and patience on the owner’s side. Your dog might take to certain commands easier than others, but there aren’t shortcuts in effectively training your dog with sustainable obedience.
Myth: E-collars are only for big dogs.
An e-collar can be used with dogs of all sizes. Adjustable settings allow you to turn the stimulus up or down based on the size of your dog. Keep in mind a dog like a Chihuahua that’s small with short hair isn’t going to need the collar turned up as much as a long-haired Newfoundland. You can use an e-collar to train any size of the dog when it’s used properly.
Contact us for more information
You can learn more about Texas K-9 training and how an e-collar can be used to effectively train your dog by reaching out to us at BCK-9 Services. We’re experienced in teaching dogs obedience, so your family can more fully enjoy your pet. Call 817-771-0008 or 253-444-8089 to get started. You can also send any questions you have using our online contact form.
We look forward to working with you and your dog.