Around our Reno dog training facility, we use a variety of effective techniques. One of the tools we believe in most whole heartedly is the e-collar, also known as the remote collar. Many companies have capitalized on the success of the e-collar and they now are manufactured by a variety of companies all over the world. However, all e-collars are similar in that they consist of a remote transmitter and a collar receiver. Most collars are adjustable, allowing you (the owner or trainer) to customize the electronic stimulation administered by the collar when you trigger the button on the remote. Many dog owners who are new to e-collar training ask us: Will remote collars hurt my dog? The answer is simple: no. Unlike collars that are part of “invisible fence” systems, e-collars typically administer only mild stimulation. The stimulation isn’t about punishing the dog; it’s more about communicating with the dog when he/she needs training in basic areas such as “Come,” “Sit,” “Stay,” etc.
Why Remote-collar Training Works
E-collars are alternatives to traditional leash-required training collars, such as choke collars, choke chains or prong collars. These types of collars can be effective if used properly, but they can also cause harm to your dog’s neck and trachea (a.k.a. your dog’s windpipe). Choke collars and prong collars require the handler to tighten their pull on the leash in order for the dog to get the intended communication (the tightening of the collar around their neck). If you’re attempting to train a larger dog, it may be difficult to administer the collar communications in a way that is meaningful to the dog; they may just pull you around and you pull back without training occurring–the two of you just tug each other around the park for an afternoon and nothing is learned. Also, choke collars and prong collars can only deliver consistent communication to your dog if you perfect the strength with which you pull back. If you’re not consistent with your pulls, your dog will be confused why sometimes his/her behavior earns a stiff jerk and why sometimes it only earns them a slight tightening.
Since remote collars are adjustable, they allow you to make changes to the amount of stimulation based on your dog’s current needs. As they progress, you can turn the stimulation down to a level that is barely noticeable, which is optimal. E-collars are versatile; they are suitable for training pups, young dogs, older dogs and dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds.
For a brief video of me further discussing why I believe in dog collars, please click here.