Stuck with the negative connotations garnered from static collars from over three decades ago, some still consider modern remote trainers a taboo. However, with modern innovations and proven training techniques these trainers are extremely beneficial to you and your dog.
In some cases teaching or un-teaching one behavior can take thousands of repetitions, leading some pet owners to believe their pet is “un-trainable.” However, leaving your dog untrained will probably lead to even more behavioral issues. These issues are the number one reason why pets are abandoned or brought to shelters. Only about a fourth of these pets are adopted, while most of the others are eventually euthanized.
Since training takes time and constancy, using remote training as well as positive reinforcement or other techniques will help your pal to learn necessary, life saving commands faster and more efficiently. If you are still unsure about remote collars, we dispelled some of the most popular myths about training collars.
Myth #1-Static collars will hurt my pet
Modern static collars are much different than the ones offered 30 years ago. Today collars come with multiple levels of safe stimulation as well as tone and other stimulation options. You are given power to set your pet’s collar on the lowest level they can feel to get his attention, not harm him. Collars are even set so that no matter how long a person hold down the remote’s button, stimulation will not last more than a few seconds to ensure a dog is not harmed.
People also think it hurts because they have improperly tested it on themselves. Testing a collar on your hand in not a true to life representation of what your pet will feel. Not only are you gripping tightly onto the collar, the moisture on your hand as well as your sensitive nerve endings heighten the power of stimulation.
Myth #2-The collar burned my dog’s neck!
To put it simply, this is not possible. People attribute battery acid, heat or other factors for “burn” marks on their dog’s neck. Stimulation does not last long enough, nor is it powerful enough to cause heat burns. These marks that look like burns are actually pressure ulcers that resemble bed sores or burns. Pressure Necrosis is cause by improper wear of the collar. If you put your pet’s collar on too tight or you leave it on for too long (no collar should be left on for more than 12 hours) these sores will form on your dog’s neck from irritation. Check out these sites for information on how to properly fit your collar and collar safety.
Myth #3-You can’t incorporate other techniques like positive reinforcement
By using treats, clickers or other training techniques, you can minimize your use of the collar and still get the same results. It can take thousands of repetitions for your dog to have a complete understanding of even the most basic commands. By utilizing a number of training techniques in a consistent manner, training may come easier to you and your dog.
Myth #4- It is hard to do
Many people say that they simply cannot push the button. As many of us think of our pets as a member of the family, possibly even as a child, it can be hard to do anything you believe may hurt your pet. But, it is important to remember a few key things. First, you are not punishing your pet. Static stimulation is supposed to be used at a low level that gets your pet’s attention. Second, in an emergency situation you could be saving your pet. Even the best trained pets can get loose and run into dangerous areas. Whether it is a tone, vibration, spray or static stimulation, by pushing the button you are distracting your pet from dangerous situations.
Myth #5-Static is my only option for remote training.
Remote trainers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and correction types.
Spray remote trainers are gentle, yet effective. Once the correction button is pushed a burst of citronella is released toward your dog’s snout.
Static is great for smaller dogs that may not like spray and bigger dogs that are a bit more stubborn, static training collars offer a wider range of correction to teach your pet obedience.
Ultrasonic trainers take advantage of your dog’s sensitive hearing with have positive tone to reward good behaviors as well as a negative tone to counter undesirable ones.
Vibration remote trainers distract your dog and are an indispensable aid for deaf or hearing-impaired dogs.
For more information about remote training collars, check out our FAQ site here.