What is an “e-collar” and how does it work?
Our “e-collar” is basically a collar with a stimulation mechanism using TENS unit technology. The collar is controlled by a remote that the handler holds. It is not used as a punishment or a “shock” as many people assume, it is simply used as a training device for communicating with your dog. It produces a subtle electrical current between two contact points located on the collar. Unlike a shocking device, the e-collar is used to get the dog’s attention and keep it focused on listening to the handler. It is similar to someone tapping your shoulder to get your attention, or setting your phone on vibrate so it will get your attention when someone is calling you. We teach the dog to listen to those “taps” and that the “taps” mean, “I am trying to get your attention.” The collar and controller have a half mile range, are warrantied for two years and completely waterproof so your dog is free to swim and play in the water!
There is a reason that the top law enforcement agencies, military, and top federal agencies: patrol, detection, and search and rescue dogs are trained using e-collars!
Will the e-collar hurt my dog or affect their personality?
No. During our first meeting we will put the e-collar on your hand and you will feel the mild stimulation. A common misconception is the e-collar will burn their skin. This is false. Other people think that it is like being shocked with a taser, this is also false. We are dog trainers because we LOVE dogs and we would never do anything to harm them in any way. Furthermore; we would never do anything to a dog that we will not do to ourselves. You can read more about this HERE.
Will my dog always have to wear the e-collar?
No. Your dog will not always have to wear the e-collar. In fact, inside your home, your dog will quickly be listening to your every command without the e-collar on. However, we always recommend putting the e-collar on your dog before you take it outside off-leash. This is due to the fact that you never know what may get your dog’s attention the second you step outside the door. It’s like an invisible leash. We often compare your pet wearing the collar outside to a child wearing a seat belt. Parents drill into their children the importance of wearing a seat belt each and every time they get into a car. That one time the child doesn’t wear the seat belt could be that one time they are in a car accident and a seat belt would have prevented injury. It only takes one time for you dog to see something that really catches their attention and without the collar, you have no way to stop him/her.
Will my dog hate wearing the e-collar?
No! Almost everyone is VERY surprised that they receive quite the OPPOSITE reaction from their dog. We often mix training with play time. So dogs begin to associate putting the collar on with something fun about to happen outside (run, play ball, be free, etc) AND they know they are going to do training! A bored dog is a destructive dog; a trained/exercised dog is a HAPPY dog. They look forward to their training sessions because it stimulates them and gives them something to do. Imagine being at work on a slow day, the day drags and you feel sluggish. When you are busy, it goes by fast and you are energized! Now imagine a dog with no friends, no Facebook, no television, and no internet. Their only REAL stimulation is the training you give them and their time outside to run, play, and bond with you!
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How much time per day do I need to train my dog?
The great thing about this training is that you don’t have to set a specific amount of time aside per day in order to train your dog! We will teach you how to incorporate this training into your daily routine. We do ask that you spend 30 to 45 minutes per day working with your dog to set a good foundation for the training.
How long will this training take?
Basic Obedience is generally done in FOUR lessons one week apart.
Lesson 1: “Come” and “Sit.” Off-Leash
Lesson 2: “Extended Sit” and “Down.” Extended sit meaning your dog will sit until you release it
Lesson 3: “Place” and “Extended Down.” Place meaning your dog will sit on a specific object you point to (chair, bench, etc)
Lesson 4: “Loose Leash Walking.” Meaning, your dog will walk right beside of you while on a leash.
All of this is done OFF-LEASH.
If you are interested in advanced obedience after you and your dog has completed the basic obedience, it is also available.
At what age can we start e-collar training?
Generally, we do not start e-collar training on a dog until it is at least 5 1/2 to 6 months old depending on size.
What if I have a puppy that is not 4-5 months old?
We offer a 1 hour puppy consultation for dogs under 6 months. The consult will help you lay the foundation for formalized training later. The consultation is free for owners who book a Basic and Advanced COMBO or the 14 Day Board and Train.
What if I have a small dog?
That is fine! E-Collar training works on a dog of ANY SIZE, ANY SHAPE, and ANY AGE (above 5 1/2 months).
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes! We are so confident in this system, that if you are not completely amazed and 100% satisfied by the end of your first lesson we will refund your money.
How will my dog benefit from this training?
Your dog will benefit tremendously! Most behavior problems (reactivity, biting, chewing, jumping, etc.) are often based a lack of confidence, structure, boredom, and exercise. The goal of training is always a happy, obedient, and confident dog. With this training, your dog is receiving top-quality obedience training, which in turn, allows you to give your dog freedom to run around OFF-LEASH and play! Obedience work and training also stimulates your dog mentally. Holding commands, impulse control, and discipline all have tremendous benefits and help you dog to be balanced and relaxed.
Remember, if you do not employ your dog and give it a job to do (training), it will become self-employed. A self-employed dog will cost YOU money!