What is an E-Collar?
An E-Collar is a remote dog training system that consists of a wireless remote and a wireless receiver. By pressing a button on the remote, a handler can send a stimulating sensation to her dog. Unlike yesteryear’s “shock collars,” modern E-Collars issue a form of stimulation that targets the neck muscles, mimicking the touch of a mother dog.
Is it safe?
E-Collars are completely safe and humane! The stimulation at the lowest perceivable level is an incredibly light sensation, perfect for creating a positive association with the tool. Many times our feedback (commands, snaps, claps, clicks, points, and body language) can be confusing to a dog, making them feel anxious. However, the sensation of the E-Collar comes through clean and clear which creates a safer environment for your dog and provides them with a clear sense of security.
How does it work?
When sending stimulation the handler is providing the dog with feedback or helpful information about how to act in order to get a reward. The stimulation can remind the dog to focus on the trainer and the instruction, as well as provide gentle feedback for missteps. It gives dogs a chance to adjust their behavior in real time, instead of repeating something that doesn’t work. Dogs respond to the instant and gentle feedback, letting them know how best to please their human.
Where do I begin?
Begin with a low and slow introduction.
- Read and follow any and all instructions on the E-Collar manual to safely use the device.
- Allow the dog to wear the E-Collar around the house without using stimulation.
- Find the base level that works best for your dog. (Start at the lowest level and work your way up until you notice your dog react.) Every dog is different!
- Once you find your dog’s base level, slowly begin to use the tool to provide feedback. Dogs learn that they control the stimulation with their behavior. When a dog can’t seem to help itself from acting out a particular unhealthy/dangerous behavior, a touch from the E-Collar can guide them towards a better choice.
So, why does Chill Out Dog Training recommend E-Collars?
The reason E-Collars work so well is that dogs, like humans, can learn from feedback. E-Collars can help dogs make better and safer choices, choices that lead them to joys they didn’t know were even on the table. Combine all that with the fact that this tool is effective up to a half-mile range, and you’ve got yourself a game-changing training device. We’ve seen “lost causes” come back into the fold with this tool time and time again. We’ve seen anxious dogs step out of their comfort zones and learn to relax in the presence of their triggers over and over.