Remote Dog Training Collars - The Good and the Bad

Remote dog training collars are a double edged sword. One one hand they are evil torture devices for your dog. On the other hand, they can be quite useful for training purposes. The fine line between them being used for good and used for bad all falls on how you use it.

The only way I would use remote dog training collars is for "distance" training. For example, if I was training a hunting dog or a SAR (search and rescue) dog. I would anchor the shock to either "sit" or "freeze". That would mean the dog would either sit or freeze when they felt the shock. That way I wouldn't have to worry about the dog running off after a butterfly.

The bad thing that a lot of people use remote dog training collars for is punishment. This is quite a harsh form of punishment, too harsh for dogs. If someone keeps the remote dog training collar on a dog all day, every day, and shocks them for everything they do wrong, such as not sitting quick enough, the dog is going to go crazy. This is the time, and one reason why dogs start to go kinda stir crazy. They are being shocked over and over again. It is quite understandable, isn't it?

The remote dog training collar, if used, should only be used for a limited amount of time. It should only be used for training purposes. It should not be kept on all the time, the metal prongs will dig into the dogs neck and could cause an infection.

If you do decide to use the remote dog training collar please keep in mind a few simple rules. First, never use it as punishment. That will make your dog run away from it and try its hardest to not wear it. Second, only keep it on for a limited amount of time. Once training is done, take it off and treat and reward your dog for doing a good job. Lastly, try to find a different method of training. Depending on what you are training for, you might find a method that works better. Don't use a remote dog training collar for basic obedience, that is a little over kill.

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