Introducing a new E-Collar to your Great Dane can be a daunting task. It is important that you take the time to properly condition and train your dog with the E-Collar before using it in real-world situations.
In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks for how to introduce an E-Collar to a Great Dane. We will also provide some helpful tips on how to use the E-Collar for training purposes. Let’s get started!
HOW TO INTRODUCE AN E-COLLAR TO A GREAT DANE
Step One: The proper fit is important. Make sure that the E-Collar fits your dog properly. It should be snug, but not too tight. You don’t want it to be so tight that it’s uncomfortable for your dog, but you also need to make sure that the stimulation prongs make consistent contact and don’t rub.
Step Two: Start with basic obedience commands. Before you begin using the E-Collar for training purposes, make sure that your dog understands basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. These are easy to teach using positive reinforcement and will make the E-Collar training process much easier.
HOW TO FIND YOUR DOG’S WORKING LEVEL ON THE E-COLLAR
Once you have the E-Collar fitted properly and your dog knows some basic obedience commands, you can begin E-Collar conditioning. This is a process where you gradually get your dog used to the E-Collar and the language of stimulation.
Start by putting the E-Collar on your dog and letting them wear it for a short period of time.
- Start at the lowest level, tap.
- Increase the level by just one step and ‘tap’ once again.
- Watch your dog and look for a slight reaction.
- Repeat this process.
- Once you have found the level that gets your dog’s attention, you can begin training.
Reactions may include:
- Turning their head
- Twitching their ear
- Looking at their rear end
- Head tilt
E-COLLAR CONDITIONING, STEP 2
Once you have found your dog’s working level, you will want to teach them that stimulation means good things.
This can be done by using high-value treats and pairing the sensation with reward, not punishment!
Your dog should be showing enthusiastic and positive body language. If they are bothered by the simulation, turn it down a level or two.
Over the course of several days, and ongoing through the next several weeks, practice the following with your dog:
STIM – TREAT – STIM – TREAT
THE LANGUAGE OF THE E-COLLAR
Once your dog understands that the stimulation means good things, it’s time to teach your dog how to come when called.
- Start by having your dog on a leash. We recommend a long Biothane leash and flat martingale collar.
- Give the command to ‘come’ while simultaneously pressing and holding the E-Collar button on ‘Continuous’ mode. (Use your dogs working level).
- As soon as your dog starts to come towards you, release the E-Collar button immediately and praise them lavishly! Reward them with a treat and more praise when they come to you.
- Repeat this process many ways and in many places. The more you practice, the more confident you can be that your dog understands the stimulation and will respond to it.
If your dog doesn’t turn to come to you, they may be too far away, too distracted, or confused. A gentle tug on the leash may help communicate the command.
BEST PRACTICES FOR E-COLLARS
Good E-Collar use means relying on the tool as a communication device, not a corrections one.
- Do not use your E-Collar as a threat or as a correction until you are well past the first several weeks of ‘conditioning’.
- Spend more time saying yes than no, stay at your dog’s working level and keep it positive.
- Rotate the collar every 2-3 hours.
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