5 Reasons Why Training Collars Work
As a dog trainer, certified pet therapist, and service dog handler, I often get the opportunity to speak with dog owners everywhere I go. Many times they tell me about bad behaviors their dogs are doing and ask how to correct them. One lady told me that her dog attacked another dog and it cost her over $3,000 in court fees and medical bills for the other dog.
I usually ask them a few simple questions before giving them tips on what to do. My first question is: What do you do when your dog acts like that? In other words, how do you respond? Do you let them get away with the bad behavior or do you correct them? If you correct them, how do you correct them?
You would not believe how many times people tell me they could never discipline their dog. Their dog is their baby. They laugh and say, “My dog rules the house.” But just as when our children are left untrained to run wild, so will our dogs. If you are a responsible parent and dog owner, you will want your kids and your dogs to behave at all times. Dogs are a danger to themselves and others when not properly trained.
This is why I use a variety of training collars in my training sessions to get dogs under control. It’s kind of like when your baby first begins to walk and you hold their hand to cross the street, or correct them by jerking their hand back if they go to touch a light socket.
Dog handlers bring their puppies and dogs to me expecting I can do a miracle, when they've been letting them do whatever they want. They typically bring them to me on regular buckle collars or harnesses and wonder why their dogs still pull. It’s because they haven’t trained their dog effectively. I don’t believe every dog needs a prong collar, but I do believe every dog that pulls on a leash needs at least a choke collar while being trained. These are the two most effective collars that I use in my work with behavior modification.
5 Reasons Why Training Collars Work
1. Training collars, when used properly, will not choke your dog like a buckle collar will and ruin/harm their esophagus. When used correctly, these collars give just the right amount of correction to stop a dog’s bad behavior and teach them how to walk the way you want them to without pulling.
2. Training collars allow you to discipline your dog without hurting them. The little pinch these collars give to your dog’s neck (when used properly) is exactly the same type of correction they would get from another dog in the wild.
3. Training collars allow you to teach your dog obedience commands that they would otherwise be opposed to.
4. Training collars teach your dog to respect you. Whenever we discipline our children, they may not like us, but they learn to respect us. It is the same principle with dogs. Discipline and reward go hand in hand in any type of training.
5. Training collars allow you to become top dog so you can relax more, knowing your dog will be obedient and under control in all environments, even those that have huge doggie distractions.
COME BACK NEXT WEEK TO LEARN HOW TO USE THOSE TRAINING COLLARS. If your dog is out of control, has behavior issues, or you need to know how to train your dog or how to train your puppy, contact Lisa Freeman. She’s the Dog Whisperer AKA The Dog Lady in Owosso, Michigan. She’s very reasonable, is passionate about her job and loves dogs more than life! firstname.lastname@example.org
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