Perhaps you feel that training with electric collars results in harming a pet when it could be avoided in the first place. That’s the reason – the perceived harm training collars inflict on pets – why some pet owners do not want to get electric collars – despite the benefits. There are options outside this, but they may be costly in terms of your time and financial resources. Physical fences, as a pet containment system, cannot always be built by dog owners as not all of them own their property. Some of those who do are not allowed to owing to zoning rules.
This aversion to using remote electric collars can be overcome when one learns about two items. First, hurting the dog on a whim is not part of training it; it’s simply being cruel. You must list down clearly what those unwanted behavior are. Then you need to be vigilant, to spot those actions. For each bad behavior, you should trigger the collar – this has to be done for each manifestation of the unwanted behavior, so that the dog learns to link them up causally. Do not buzz the dog just because you feel like it.
The goal is over time, when the dog associates the unwanted behavior with the static correction, that the dog will refrain from engaging in them. Be aware that you can trigger the collar at any time. The correction must happen only when particular behavior is engaged in. Preparatory moves for some behavior can be obvious and can be buzzed to prevent – such as the preparatory motions for a running jump to your favorite flowers. If you caught your dog digging up your garden, you can buzz it. But you should not buzz your pet just because you’re annoyed at it. Also, that’s cruelty to animals.
The intensity level of the collar can be adjusted. You should adjust the intensity settings on the collar when you notice your dog has adapted to it – most collars start at the lowest settings, time to increase the stimulation level. As you keep adjusting the settings, you’ll eventually find one that your dog will “listen” to.
The second item dog owners must know. Remote collars have a variety of stimuli to choose from, including those of the static and spray type. The other type, one of the best, is the spray type.
It’s not that hard to keep these two reminders in mind – avoid being cruel to the dog by being consistent in the training, and that there’s an alternative to static collars (which are spray collars) in case you don’t want shocks to be experienced by your dog. It follows that when buying remote electric collars, you need to either choose a static or spray type, and choose one with adjustable settings.
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