In case I wasn’t clear about my views on shock collars, let me clarify.
As a tool to use during obedience training, sit, stay, down, come, finish or heal. I am 100% against their use. Now, if you have certain types of problems with your dog, that could mean the eventual death of your dog, on some cold , hard, steel table. Then, I will encourage your use of a shock collar.
But hopefully, your lucky enough to find a dog trainer that actually has a clue. So they can tell you ;
( A ) Do you really need, to use one. ( B ) Are you misunderstanding, what your dog is really doing. ( C ) They will be able to teach you how to use the collar effectively. The fitting of the collar and the timing of the corrections are crucial, to whether or not you will see any improvement. If the timing of the corrections are off by a second or two, your dog will not understand what he’s getting corrected for. Hence you will see no improvement, then you may think, that your dog is hopeless.
A shock collar is negative reinforcement. Remember, 90% of the dogs out there, only need for us to understand them a bit better. To solve any issues, that they may be going through. And only a small percentage of the remaining 10%, will actually need some type of negative reinforcement.
If a dog trainer is good, they should be able to help you solve any problems you are having with your dog. Without the use of a shock collar. Although, whether or not a shock collar is recommended, for you to use. Should not be determined by your dogs, behavior. It should be determined by your personality.
I’ll try to remember to explain the differences, in human behaviors and personalities. Which is a prerequisite, for successfully teaching people about their dogs.
The Spirit Dog