In my previous post, I wrote about, How to Properly Use E-collars With Your Dogs”, The main premise of my blog was that e-collars, in and of itself, are not a bad tools to train dogs. Additionally, my focus on my blog was on how to use the e-collar properly in order not to harm your dogs. For example, in my research so far, the only effective way to use an e-collar with your dog is when you, the dog owner, or dog trainer have trained your dog properly and its able to listen to your commands with or without the e-collar.
Once I understood this concept and principle another important question emerged on my head, “If our dogs are obedient and well-trained, what is the need for an e-collar? That is the main premise of this blog today, even though our dogs are well-trained, dogs act like children and even like adults at times. We tend to forget how to behave, and life itself, sends us a reminder whichever way it pleases for us to get back on track. Similarly, the e-collar operates in similar fashion when you, the dog owner, give your dog a command and the dog refuses to listen, using the e-collar, with single digit vibrations, it would reinforce your command when trained properly the dog will obey and won’t have a negative effect as a result.
With that said, let’s face it, we as human beings are not able to control every step of the way with our dog especially when we walk our dogs without leash, and sometimes even when we put forth the effort to train with our dogs day and night to make them obedient, that training can go out the window in moments unnoticed. Josh MIller, a pro trainer from Wisconsin and the winner of seven North American Shed Hunting Dog Association World Championship titles, sheds light to the controversial issue at hand, “I don’t know that one can say with 100-percent accuracy that one method is better than the other,” Miller says. “Both camps have passionate followers, but having a choice is the most important part of the question.”
Miller does not oppose either side, it is the choice of the dog owner or trainer who has the power to choose which method is best for their situation. Miller went on to say, “Dogs, handlers, and situations vary significantly, and in my experience, there are times that call for a collar, and also times that do not. I train young dogs to be responsive without collars. When we’re ready for the next step, I’ll certainly use them for reinforcement at a distance as well as for finish work.”
I would like to emphasize the main point here that e-collars are meant to reinforce your dog training when there is a distance between you and your pooch and thus needs a reminder of what right looks like. You also may want to use e-collar to reinforce some new training that you have introduced your dog to and complete the work well done. Nonetheless, training your dog the conventional way is far more important and fundamentally essential to your dog’s well being because without that training, the e-collar will be an ineffective tool and would do more harm than good to your dog.
In closing, there are dog trainers out there that are not in congruent with training dogs with e-collars, they rather used positive reinforcement techniques and good old dog goodies. That is perfectly fine and does not negate the fact that e-collars can be an effective tool for your dog only when the situation warrants the use of these devices for the well being of the dog. No matter what your choice is as long as your train your dog well, all is fine.