The Pros And Cons Of Remote Training Collars
A discussion about remote training collars can become heated. Some people are for them, while others are against them. Everyone will have an opinion on the subject, no matter what level of experience that they have, but it’s always a good idea to get the facts before you make a decision on the matter. Many dog owners are against remote training collars because they feel that the shock the animal receives is unnecessary. Many also feel that poor behavior can be corrected without the use of electronic shocks. But, others who have had great success with these collars, will be quick to disagree.
This creates a problem for many. We all would like to have a well behaved dog in the house, but feel guilty about creating pain and discomfort for our four-legged, furry friend. If you are not sure how you feel about the subject, it’s a good idea to learn the pros and cons of using these collars, and how they can help your dog.
The Pros of Remote Training Collars:
Some remote collars have additional features which will produce a vibration or tone instead of administering a shock. This will allow the dog to realize that its behavior is unwanted, and will give the animal a chance to correct it before receiving a shock. In many cases, the vibration or tone features will be enough for the dog to change its behavior, and the shock won’t be necessary.
In the hands of an experienced individual, remote training collars can be very effective. Before you strap the collar to your dog, be sure to fully read the manual, and understand how to use it effectively. It’s best to use these collars to correct negative behavior, and should not be used to train for positive behavior. Other methods of training should be used to train desired behavior in dogs. Remote training collar models today are better than they were just a few years ago, they function better, and are more reliable. Older models could sometimes unintentionally shock the dog, but today’s models are an effective training tool, and allow us to train humanely.
Remote collars will allow the dog to understand what needs to be corrected instantly, and therefore, it will associate the shock with the unwanted behavior. Other methods of training may cause the animal to become confused as to what it’s being punished for. But, since these collars can perform at long distances, you can allow the dog to know immediately what the unwanted behavior was, instead of the animal forgetting about it.
Besides correcting negative behavior, these collars can also save a dog’s life by preventing the animal from running into traffic or coming into contact with an aggressive animal when not on a leash. If you’re someone who enjoys walking with your dog through the park or along a busy street, a shock collar could prevent your dog from leaving your side. And we all know how curious dogs can be around other animals, especially animals which they have never come into contact with before. A remote collar could dissuade your pet from approaching an aggressive wild animal. And because these collars work at long distances, you can use it at anytime, providing your dog is within sight.
The Cons of Remote Training Collars:
If used on an aggressive dog, a remote collar may cause its aggression to escalate, due to stress brought on by the collar. For this reason, remote collars should not be used on animals with high aggression or stress levels. Remote training collars should not be used on young dogs either.
Some dogs may associate the shock from the collar with the environment or the people who they are with. This can cause the animal to become stressed when brought to areas where the collar has been used, such as at the park or backyard. And the collar may also affect how the animal feels about the trainer.
If not fitted correctly, some collars can cause the dog discomfort when being worn for many hours. The trainer should always ensure that the collar is fitted correctly, and isn’t causing irritation.
Since every dog will be different, the level of shock will need to be adjusted for each individual animal. For some dogs, a shock may be too weak. While for others, it may be too strong. There are different models which can be purchased for different sized animals.
The bottom line is, shock collars are the decision of the owner, and they have both pros and cons. It will be up to you to decide what route you want to take. Everyone would love a well-trained dog, but sometimes it can be difficult to correct negative behavior. Remote training collars will allow you to correct the unwanted behavior effectively. When some people hear about shock collars they assume the dog is being shocked continuously, but that’s not the case. Remote collars, providing they are being used properly, are used to remind the dog of the unwanted behavior, so it can be corrected. And as mentioned in the pros section of the article, there are collars which will vibrate or beep and will alert the dog to correct its behavior before receiving a shock. In fact, some trainers are perfectly happy just using these features alone to train their dogs, and don’t use the shock feature at all. The choice is up to you, but remote training collars are definitely an effective tool when you’re training your dog.