No pet becomes a pet in a single day. Through regular training and continuous stay with humans, they become a complete one as we want. Although practice makes them get accustomed to many things, some training might be way too critical, especially if it’s done with a high-tech pet product such as an electric shock collar. These cases require some extra caution and accuracy, therefore.
If need to control your dog’s stubborn behavior or plan to restrain it within a high-tech containment system, training it with a shock collar is a must. But to train it with electric collars, you need to know how these collars work. Understanding their working procedure not only will make you prepared to ensure proper training, but also will help your dog to learn quickly!
We are going to discuss the working process of a shock collar, and the way of training a dog with such a collar hereinbelow. Going through the write will make you understand more about this technology and help you get benefits out of it.
How Does a Shock Collar Work?
A shock collar has a working motto – bad or uncontrolled behavior = shock, good and controlled behavior = no shock. Basically, it is all about controlling your pets, especially dogs or cats. But how does it work actually?
Shock collars come with a feature using which it can offer electric stimulation (known as a shock) to the pet’s body, especially the skin area where it is worn. Modern collars include several levels of shocks ranging from 1 to 100 (mild to strong), while the older models used to have a fixed and high stimulation.
The collar can be controlled by a remote control, especially when it is for training purposes, or by a pre-set program when it integrated with a pet containment system.
When your dog becomes too aggressive and goes beyond your command, you can push the shock button of the remote. The collar, automatically, shall respond with a shock on the neck of the dog receiving the signals from the remote controller.
Some collars do give a beep warning before offering the shock and then go for a shock if ignored. You can set the intensity of shocks and the duration of it. Some collars come with constant shock feature where it offers continuous shocks in an interval for a specific time. Some models provide shocks that increase at intense and duration gradually.
Usually, dogs do not like this stimulation as it creates quite a discomfort. If it is well-trained with a collar, a mild shock is enough to prevent bad behavior unless it is entirely uncontrolled. For quite a stubborn dog, you might have to apply powerful shocks to bring it under control.
How to Properly Train a Dog with a Shock Collar?
Your motto is to bring the dog under a behavioral condition that is polite and well-controlled. Most dogs want to make their owners happy. So, it would not be way too tough to let it learn the lessons from training. A training session must not last for a maximum of one hour, but twenty to thirty minutes a day will be good enough. It would help if you went as follows:
- First of all, make your dog well-learned with the basic commands. Do not start training with a shock unless your dog knows the basics pretty well; otherwise, it may receive misdirection. What is necessary for a dog as a polite member of society is called the basics.
- Make the dog used to the shock collar. Wear it on the dog’s neck without applying any corrections. As a shock collar feels different from wearing any other collar, so your dog must accept the shock collar well before you start to train it.
- Before applying shocks to the dog, try to make your dog understand which behavior you want. When it does anything as your expectations, you might give a treat, kind words, affectionate & appreciating approaches, which will help it to understand that the behavior is expected from you.
- And, when it does not comply with what you expected, then you might give a normal vibration or a mild shock pressing the remote control button. It will help the dog understand your dislikes on any or more particular behaviors.
- Use a variety of training techniques as such use of dog clickers, negative responses, positive reinforcements, etc. for making the training a conclusive one. Your dog will be more responsive to the shocks from e-collar in case it undergoes different training approaches.
- Never apply the maximum level of stimulation unless the life of your dog or you is threatened with death for any particular condition. Over time, your dog will learn how to behave and what not to do.
It is tricky, critical, and risky to apply shocks from a collar on your dog’s neck, but it can bring a fantastic result if properly applied. When it is quite habituated with an e-collar, and contained within an invisible containment system, you may keep it unattended while wearing a collar. But when you’re providing a dog training with a shock collar or while bringing it in hunting or trekking, do not keep it unattended.