There are many reasons to e-collar train your dog.
Some people may be hesitant to use this type of training because they think it is cruel or inhumane. However, nothing could be further from the truth!
When used correctly, e-collar training can provide a variety of benefits for both you and your dog. In this blog post, we will discuss five of the top reasons to e-collar train your dog.
1 – Off Leash Enrichment
One of the great benefits of e-collar training is that it allows you to have your dog off-leash in a safe and controlled manner.
This type of training provides your dog with the opportunity to explore and sniff things that they would not be able to if they were on a leash!
Off-leash dogs run, walk, circle, speed up, slow down, zig-zag, climb on things, go under things, play in the water, play chase with other dogs, and bounce through fields.
This kind of enrichment simply does not happen for dogs who are kept on a long leash. As a matter of fact, allowing a dog to move naturally like that, while on a long leash, is dangerous!
Being off-leash allows them to get much-needed freedom of movement, which can greatly benefit their mental and orthopedic health, too.
When working with training your dog to be off-leash, we recommend using a long line (30-50 feet) in addition to the e-collar, but only at first.
The long line is for your dog’s safety and will give you peace of mind while they are exploring and learning how to respond to their collar.
Only take your dog fully off leash when you are confident in their training, and when you are in a safe area where it is legal to allow your dog to be free of restraint.
2 – Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Modern E-Collar training is fun and positive! It should not be associated with punishment or negativity in any way.
You can use the e-collar to help give your dog a positive association with the things they may find scary or overwhelming. Because they are able to move freely in an E-Collar and aren’t trapped by a leash, many dogs who are fearful and reactive naturally become calmer and more confident!
When we reduce stress, anxiety, and reactivity by giving our dogs choice and freedom, we are also helping to improve their immune system and overall health.
Stress is one of the proven factors in bloat risk; so it’s important that we use positive, fun training methods that reduce anxiety! Modern e-collar training is FUN and positive!
E-Collar training should always be conducted in a positive manner, with the goal of helping your dog feel happy, confident, and safe.
If you have a dog who is fearful or anxious, we recommend working with a professional trainer who can help you create a positive training environment.
3 – No Damaging Physical Restraints
A key reason to E-Collar train your dog is the simple fact that, unlike harnesses, collars, head collars, or leashes, the E-Collar does not put any physical restraints on the dog’s body.
This is important for two reasons: first because it allows the dog to move freely without any risk of injury; and second, because pulling and lunging simply cannot happen in an E-Collar.
The gentle stimulation from a modern remote training device (e collar) replaces leash pressure. It works just like a cell phone; when your cell phone rings, you answer it. Your dog will learn to ‘answer their phone’.
Because there is no physical pressure or restraint, many timid and reactive dogs become more balanced and well-rounded!
Large and giant breed dogs are plagued with a number of orthopedic health conditions that can make traditional training tools such as ‘no-pull harnesses’ and head collars dangerous.
E-Collar training is a great way to provide your dog with the freedom they need and crave, while still keeping them safe and under your control.
Never again will your large or giant breed dog drag you down the street, and hurt themselves (or you) in the process!
There are many different types of e-collars on the market, so it’s important to do your research and find one that is right for you and your dog.
A modern e-collar is not the same thing as a shock collar. We use and recommend only collars by E Collar Technologies.
4 – Safety
One of the most important benefits of E-Collar training is the safety it provides for both you and your dog.
An e-collar can be used as a ‘virtual fence’, preventing your dog from running into traffic, chasing wildlife, or getting lost.
A dog that jumps the fence, runs out of the door, or is running around uncontrollably off-leash with nothing on is a liability to itself and to others.
When you choose to e-collar train your dog, you are choosing safety for your pet!
An e-collar-trained dog is amazing reliable off-leash, which gives you peace of mind knowing that your dog will come back to you when called, no matter what.
The added safety an e-collar provides is one of the main reasons we recommend remote collar training for all dogs!
5 – Responsible Dog Ownership
Being a responsible dog owner means making sure your dog is well-behaved and under control at all times.
An e-collar can help you do just that!
E-Collar training provides you with a positive, gentle, modern way to keep your dog safe and under control in any situation, whether you’re out on a hike, at the beach, or even just in your own yard.
By training your dog to be responsive to you off-leash, you reduce the need for physical restraint and increase the chances that you have a calm, friendly canine citizen who can be with you anywhere you go.
Other Reasons to E-Collar Train
Here are just some additional benefits:
- Simple way to communicate accurately and quickly from a distance
- No more tangled up long leashes
- Gentle & positive training method
- Pulling, lunging and leash reactivity become a thing of the past
- You may never have to worry again about about a door left open, broken fence or your dog running away
- Go hiking, explore the beach, visit a friend or hang out in your front yard with no worries at all
- Incredible solution for deaf dogs that will give them freedom!
Do you have questions about modern e-collar training?
We are happy to answer any questions you have, give you more reasons to e-collar train, and help you get started on the path to responsible dog ownership!
E-Collar Technologies has a wide variety of e-collars and training resources to fit your needs. Visit our shop to see more!
Here is another great article on reasons to e-collar train your dog, directly from E Collar Technologies!