The first six months of your pup’s life fly past, and the time to begin training is upon you. The question becomes what method or strategies should be used to enhance your pup’s progress. The enforcement of commands will become essential once your canine student learns them. How will you ensure that the consequence of selective hearing is imprinted on the pupil?
The first major choice, and probably most important decision, is whether to use an electronic collar. Some people continue to dismiss this training tool, due to the outdated image of the product as a “shock collar.” This stigma has somewhat subsided as electronic collar (“e-collar”) training methods and advanced products have become so widespread. But in some circles, this stigma still exists.
Some animal protectionists and others view this product as a cruel attempt to impose human will on an innocent animal utilizing electricity. The practice may be viewed by some as inhumane, capable of creating intimidation and confusion in the animal. Without proper information, e-collar dissidents may fear that the collars cause permanent harm to the dog’s mental and physical well being.
These statements and beliefs are far from the truth, when a collar is used properly. A quick affirmation of the training method is had by observing how dogs are successfully trained by professionals. A review of the training programs of successful professionals all reveal the use of a type of e-collar integrated in their programs. Professionals have found that the use of an e-collar accelerates the dogs’ training progress, keeping both the attitude of trainer and trainee positive. You won’t find intimidated, broken-spirited animals in their programs -quite the contrary! The animals respond more quickly than without the collar technology, which makes sense in light of the dog’s natural desire to please.
The fact remains that, when utilized properly, the technology of the e-collar is simply mirroring traditional “carrot and stick” approaches. Training methods that take this approach enable the trainer to form a proper teacher-student bond with the animal. Once this bond is set in place, the dog will have a better attitude in both the training and hunting environments because there are clear expectations set for him.
If you are still having reservations about the use of the electronic collar in your training program, dismiss the last of your concerns with this easy exercise: place the collar on your own arm and activate it. You quickly realize that the slight stimulation applied is just that – nothing painful, and nothing worth harboring concern.
Any training tool that is safe, expeditious, easily incorporated into any program, and capable of offering a strong bond and positive attitude between trainer and dog is a training tool worth adopting. The electronic collar is clearly that tool, capable of delivering these results to anyone serious about their training regimen.
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