Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving with DogsNovember 8, 2023
E-COLLAR: MYTH VS. FACT
Have you ever wished your dog could run around free in the snow off leash? How about in the summer at the beach, or when you are hiking out in the wilderness? If this is your goal? Then we can help you reach that goal and E-collars could be the way to go to assure a more reliable recall as well as being able to communicate effectively with your dog while they are off leash.
There are a ton of myths and misinformation out there about e-collars. I have highlighted some of the more common ones and am sharing the truth.
Myth: E-collars electrically SHOCK your dog.
When we talk about an electric shock, it is the whole-body pulsing and reacting from a sudden discharge of electricity. Examples of a shock could be anything from sticking something metal into an outlet or touching a live electrical wire. Calling an e-collar a “shock collar” then associates it with those examples. None of that is true when referring to an e-collar.
Fact: E-collar STIMULATION is identical to a muscle therapy TENS unit. The collar, when signaled by the owner, sends transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to a single muscle for a split-second. The best way to describe it would be the feeling of a pinch or poke to the dog. This is safe for humans and dogs. (Try it on your forearm to feel for yourself).
Myth: E-collars cause physical harm.
Fact: E-collars do not cause harm if used correctly. Like anything, if used incorrectly, it can cause harm. That’s why you should always consult a professional when thinking of using an e-collar. If fitted and used correctly, the e-collar does not harm your pet in any way. If left on too long or improperly, it can cause rubbing and pressure sores.
Myth: E-collars ruin your relationship with your dog & make them fear you.
Fact: That couldn’t be further from the truth. E-collar training makes communication between you and your dog clear and instant. This leads to a stronger relationship based on respect.
Myth: Lazy way out.
Fact: This is completely the opposite. E-collar training, if done correctly, will take more time and effort by you for the dog to be properly trained. First the dog is taught the behaviors with treats and markers. After the commands are understood then the e-collar can be introduced with the commands with more treats and marking. After all that (which is not a quick process) then the e-collar can be used as a reinforcer or for non-compliance as well as a long-distance communication tool. This process will build a foundation with your dog so there is no confusion. It is irresponsible and harmful to put an e-collar on your dog before taking the necessary steps first.
Myth: E-collars cannot be used on small dogs
Fact: E-collars come in a variety of sizes suited to fit the dog’s size. Which is perfect for smaller, more petite dogs. In fact, they are perfect for small dogs that are too small for proper leash correction.
These are only some of the e-collar myths and facts. Consult with a trainer that works with you and can inform you based on you and your dog’s needs. E-collar isn’t the correct route for everyone, but if you think it is for you don’t let the naysayers keep you from having an awesome relationship with your dog.