We often hear how cruel and inhumane it is to use static stimulation (“shock collars”) when training a dog, but there is another way to view the use of a static shock collar for training.  When used correctly, there are actual benefits to using static shock as a means of training and disciplining your pet over other  training techniques.  There are many dogs – that are perhaps stubborn or just have a lot of energy – that do not respond that well to other training techniques.  The fact is many dogs lives have been saved from accidental death, abuse and even euthanasia because of the use of static correction.  Let’s take a realistic look at this means of correcting your dogs’ behavior!

The “shock” from a shock collar is the same kind of sensation we feel when we’ve walked across a rug and touched a doorknob.  Startling, yes.  Uncomfortable, yes.  But not damaging.  This is the same type of sensation delivered from the shock collar.  It’s more an annoyance to the dog than painful. 

For training to be effective, two important factors need to be addressed:  1) proper timing and 2) finding and setting the correct stimulation level.

It’s been shown that when a dog misbehaves, a disciplinary action needs to occur immediately in order for the dog to make the connection between its behavior and the correction.  Because of the quick response time, the shock collar is an ideal tool for providing correction.

When beginning to use the shock collar to manage your pets’ behavior, you first want to make sure the collar fits properly – that the contact probes are touching your dogs neck – not too loose, not too tight.  Next, you always want to start out at the lowest correction level – then watch your dogs’ behavior as you apply correction.  Ease into it.  You don’t want to scare the heck out your dog by applying too strong of a correction right off the bat. 

With a remote trainer, at the point you notice your dog reacting to the stimulation, this is where you want to leave the correction level setting on your transmitter.   The level can be raised from that point forward depending on how stubborn your dog proves to be.  This is true for static bark collars and containment fence e-collars as well.  Bark collars are generally set off by the vibration from your dogs’ bark, so you want to start out at the lowest setting and once again, watch your dogs’ behavior when they bark.  Leave the collar at the setting at which your dog begins to feel the correction.  You can always adjust the level upwards if needed.

Proper use of static correction will require your participation – a little time and patience on your part.  It’s best to take advantage of any training materials at your disposal that will help you to make the most of this effective training tool!

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