There are few things better than having a loyal and obedient companion to join hunters and help them perform their day’s task. Dogs can provide an incredibly valuable service to hunters, but only when they are trained properly. Fortunately for hunters, hunting dog collars are available for use as a training tool to help ensure that dogs are properly trained for any number of purposes their owner desires. By using a remote training collar, owners can help to ensure that their dog is trained well and will remain safe while out on a hunt.
How E-Collars Work
All electronic dog collars function in basically the same way, featuring the same essential components. This is not to say that all dog collars are equally effective, as this is simply not the case. Rather, they all share the same basic design, using a collar receiver, collar probes and a remote transmitter to function. When the trainer desires to correct the dog’s behavior, the remote transmitter is used to send a signal to the collar’s receiver. The receiver then communicates to the collar probes that electrical stimulation is necessary. The stimulation causes the dog to cease the behavior, and the owner can then reinforce the stimulation with a verbal command.
Electronic training collars for dogs should only be introduced by someone with appropriate knowledge of their use. It is ideal to have an experienced trainer present, but if this is not possible, thorough research should be conducted on the proper use of an electronic training collar. There are two distinct reasons for employing the use of these training collars:
- Reinforce appropriate, already-learned behaviors
- Correct inappropriate behaviors
Before introducing the collar, it is best to first teach basic commands. Once those commands have been learned and are clearly understood by the dog, the training collar can begin to be introduced. Training sessions should be brief, as dogs respond best to repetition training. Sessions should last no longer than 15 minutes, after which there should be an extended break of at least 30 minutes after a session. Before taking a dog out hunting, it is first important to ensure that the dog understands all of the requisite commands and has grown accustomed to the training collar. Once that has been accomplished, field training can begin.
When to Discipline Your Dog
Dogs should only be disciplined using the collar when it is clear they understand the command and are willfully disobeying their owner. These collars should never be used as a reflection of an owner’s anger, nor should they be used to punish ignorance. If the dog does not understand the command, more training is necessary so that the dog will be able to obey the command. If the dog is in fact being disobedient, discipline should take place in the form of the mildest electronic stimulation possible.
Training a dog to assist a hunter should be a fun process for both dog and owner. Using an electronic training collar can greatly help an owner train their dog to obey their commands each and every time, ensuring that while out on a hunt, the dog will do what it is supposed to and will remain safe throughout.