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E-collar/electronic collar

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by GoneGrey, Mar 18, 2022.

  1. GoneGrey

    GoneGrey Pup

    Does anyone have any experience they can speak to regarding the use of e- collars with young APBT?

    I used one with my previous dog late in her life. It was very useful due to the fact that she had gone deaf in her later years, and helped effectively manage her dog aggression (we worked with a professional trainer and she quickly learned to ignore other dogs). She passed away and I recently got a new 8 week pup who has responded very well with traditional positive reinforcement training so far. I wonder if this tool has a place in her training going forward, or if it makes more sense to stick to traditional methods.

    She's a house pet, but I'm considering doing weight pull as she grows up.

    Thank you.
  2. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    I have used and still own, but I am generally against e-collars: regardless of breed, age, behavior, status.

    Not because they are inherently “cruel” (but can certainly be if used improperly), but because they are a remote device detached from the handler. Dogs are smart. They know when the collar is or isn’t on them and will push the handler’s limits accordingly. Some dogs - even with a continuous skin-frying jolt, will actually get more aggressive when in drive. Lesser dogs might become jittery and shy when the collar is on, not knowing when or why the jolt comes from the yahoo fumbling with the control and trying to get the correction timed right.

    Most effective, consistent manner to train and correct a dog for reliable behavior is through the leash and choke collar, and praise. The (traditional) Kohler method of dog training stands the test of time. JMO
    Michele likes this.

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