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What Everybody Should Know About E-Collars for Dog Training

Written by: Margaret Dominique Clay

The world is moving to a different direction by ensuring that everything is attached with technology. And for dog training, there is nothing less to technology. Electronic collars have been developed to enhance dog training by exerting electron shocks that could act as simulation. The device is here with lots of advantages but also disadvantages in some areas have been experienced.

Author's Note: With this article I'm trying to express the main pros and cons of electronic collars. It's not my goal to convince you that E-Collars are good or bad for dog training, I'm just seeking to report these concepts impartially.

The Advantages of E-Collars

1) They are Fast. The device has proven to be fast and less tiresome in training than traditional coercive methods; this is because shocks will only take a press of the collar button to generate simulation.

2) They are convenient. The remote controlled collars have ensured that training takes place even at longer distances. The cost of these devices is affordable and less expensive when compared with hiring a professional trainer who needs a considerable time to train.

3) They're easy to understand. Additionally, the use of the device is not hard to understand and apply. Just read the provided user’s manual.

4) They are effective. Most trainers state that e-collars can be used as the best tool to punish the dog.

The Disadvantages of E-Collars

For each advantage there is a disadvantage too.

1) They cause fear and anxiety. Several researches have proven that the shocks have created anxiety and stress to the dogs that might persist for a longer time even after training is completed. This fact has been proved by postures of the dogs and their quire behavior after the training .

2) It becomes a nuisance rather than a training practice.

3) They become unuseful if the dog is out of control. E-collars are sometimes partially efficient with certain types of dogs. This occurs when the dogs get out of control.

4) They are vulnerable to defect. For example some models are not water proof to avoid undue transmission of electronic currency.

5) You should check your dog's weight. Incase of a mismatch between the dog’s weight and the voltage required, an increased voltage will harm a less weighted dog and vice versa.

And you? Do you consider e-collar a good dog training tool?

About the author:
Margaret Dominique Clay writes for dog training career , a blog to inform dog trainers and help people who want to become a professional dog trainer.