Using Dog Collars Safely When Training Your Pet
The number one concern for most dog owners when it comes to using training collars is the safety of such devices. While many use electric stimulation as behavior correction methods, the dog owner has to be careful to use them properly to avoid any lasting damage to their pets. To protect your pet, both physically and mentally, just keep a few easy principles and rules in mind.
Many training collars allow dog owners to use remote controls to activate the collar when their pets behave badly. An important thing to remember about using electronic or shock collars is to not go overboard by ramping up the settings to full power or by repeatedly activating the device for no reason e.g. ten minutes after it has done something it shouldn’t have done.
While one shock may not do much damage to a dog, frequent shocks in a very short time span, and for no apparent reason, may leave the animal rattled and confused, and could also send the dog into a panic. So basically the message would be to make sure you use the collar’s sensations effectively and sparingly. By not doing so you will not see any effective results on the dog’s training and it will also be confused and hurt.
Some dog collars work by using microphones or sensors, such collars are mostly used when an owner is looking to prevent their dog from barking. On these types of collars, it is very important to make sure the collar is adjusted properly. If it is not used right, it may start to pick up noise not being made by your pet. Because it reacts and shocks based on noise, the dog will feel sensations for barking it did not make. This is unfair and potentially damaging to your pet.
Do a little work and reading before using any type of dog training collar, they all come with instruction manuals, and ultimately it is you that has the responsibility to make sure you are using it correctly. Some people are far too hasty in trying to get the dog training over as quickly as possible and ignore the manual. For the sake of your pet, be sure to read the manual cover to cover before you even place the collar on your dog.
Overall, keeping your pet safe during training is not a hard thing to do. Many collars come with different setting levels and getting these just right will be the key to training you dog both effectively and safely.