My lab mix Ace has never needed a shock collar (e-collar), however I had no hesitations utilizing one with him as a security precaution on my parents’ property.
When I was in high school, my mom as well as dad started utilizing an electronic fence for our golden retriever. This was an underground “invisible” fence system where our dog used a “shock” collar.
I never felt poor about the electronic fence, since I saw exactly how much flexibility the system enabled our sporting dog. (See my publish on when to utilize a shock collar here.)
It would’ve been much more costly to set up a physical fence around that much land. Plus, we later got a second golden retriever who might climb right over a fence.
Training our dogs on an ‘invisible’ fence
I was included with dog obedience training in high school, just as I am now. As a 14-year-old, I was familiar with different training methods.
It made sense to me to patiently teach our dogs the limits of the yard.
I’d walk the perimeter, providing them a warning beep with the collars as well as the command “get back,” complied with by great deals of praise. They discovered extremely quickly that the tone meant “get back.”
[quote_center]A little cost to pay for a dog’s lifetime of off-leash freedom.[/quote_center]
Later, they would get actually one or two actual shocks when they tested the boundary, complied with by more praise for “getting back.” A little cost to pay for a dog’s lifetime of off-leash freedom.
So when I later embraced my very first dog, it made sense for me to train Ace to likewise respect the limits of my parents’ new lawn in Wisconsin.
The right option for my private dog
My dog is the type to stick close to his people. I extremely question he’d ever run off, even if left unsupervised.
However, it’s nice to have the added security of that “fence.” My dog gets to be out more when we go to my parents. There’s basically no possibility he’ll cross the limit into the road. It’s a win for all.
[quote_right]If you don’t like’m, don’t use’m.[/quote_right]Over the years, Ace has spent hours upon hours enjoying off-leash time at my parents’ house. They’ve taken care of him for as much as 3 weeks each time while I travel. I picture that lawn is his preferred location on earth.
So to hear people assault others (you understand exactly how dog people can get) just for suggesting a shock collar in different circumstances makes me sigh.
I can’t get included in the arguments for or against any type of collar. I don’t truly care what type of collar anyone else selects to use.
If you don’t like’m, don’t use’m.
But every dog is different, as well as every circumstance is different, as well as some kinds of collars (whether it’s a shock collar or a gentle Leader) can enhance a dog’s high quality of life.
It’s about making a wise as well as fair as well as humane option for your private dog.
You are the very best advocate for your own pet. I trust you to make the very best option as I have done with Ace.
Have you ever utilized a collar or training technique that somebody else told you was wrong?
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Additional posts on this topic:
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Yes I utilize shock as well as prong collars
Does a no-pull harness work?
Remote collar as a positive training tool? (from Oz the terrier)