What? Now there is something called an “e-collar?” Well, kind of. E-collar is short for Electric Training Collars, a misunderstood device that causes some to cringe. E-collars have some of the worst reputations out there as far as dog training goes. The reason for this, people view them as painful and cruel if used their beloved pets. That is not the case.
E-collars have prongs that sit on the neck, they do not penetrate the skin, and generate a muscle stimulation. This stimulation is used either to distract the dog from a current bad behavior, such as chasing a squirrel, or to get their attention for recall. (Excellent for hunting dogs!) The basic function of an e-collar is to help train your dog, not to punish it and by no means should ever be used excessively.
Most e-collars have various settings. One setting that is widely popular is the vibrate mode. This mode is used for the same purposes, to distract or recall, it is just a lower setting for the less stubborn canines. Some collars even have tones so the dog will respond to a sound instead of a stimulus. Another interesting tidbit about e-collars, the stimulus that is used which targets the neck muscles, this stimulus is that similar of a mother getting the attention of her pups when she gathers them by the neck.
E-collars have been shown to help with the following:
- Better control
- Off leash ability
- Safety and peace of mind
- Easier learning curve
- Reduced frustration
- Increased desire to learn more
- Easier on the dogs
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“Any tool can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Education is key.”