Training Collar Guide: Pick the training collar that best suits your pet

age for a dog to have a shock collar?

What would be the right age for a dog to start training on a shock collar if I want to start using one and what is a good one to get ?
For the first guy Bill I did try it out and its not too mad and for all you other people It’s eather have the dog run and get hit by a car it teach it not to run out the door

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  • I once sat in on a seminar for a 2 thousand dollar, two week board and train obedience class held by a training with 30 years of experience training and also as a police dog handler. He said, there comes a time in every dog’s life where you absolutely need an E-collar to condition them to respond at a distance and in the face of distraction. If you don’t use it, you have to accept there’s certain situations you just can’t put your dog in. Because every dog reaches a point where they become equipment savy, and recognize situations where if they see something more interesting to do than obeying you, they will ignore a command until you find a way to re-gain their attention.

    I would say 10-12 wks is a good time to start. This should actually only be done after the dog has gone through basic obedience and is ready to learn to respond to the same commands under distraction. Never shock a dog for anything you’re not absolutely sure they understand and have consistently responded to in a distraction-free environment. I have been zapped by one on my hand. It’s an irritating nick, the kind of thing that makes them phase out background distractions and focus in the face of distance and distraction. It’s not like you’re sending thousands of volts through the dog or anything. It won’t injure them, the real risk is leaving them mentally un-balanced if they get confused about what behaviors will or will not elicit stimulation.

    If we want to talk cruel, we can talk about all the things well-meaning dog owners regularly do that leave their dogs physically un-safe and un-balanced because they are afraid to teach them a little discipline and boundaries. Like bringing multiple dogs into your home with aggressive tendencies then standing by dumb-founded and impotent while they repeatedly maul eachother. People who refuse to crate dogs who exhibit destructive behavior in the home, letting them run free until they electrocute themselves chewing a wire or try to eat something that could kill them. People who create un-safe situations involving kids and dogs, then face the prospect of putting the dog to sleep as the result of an attack. People who repeatedly force their dogs to eat their meals in the same space and stand by watching while one prevents the other from eating in peace. People repeatedly putting a dog that has a history of escaping in a position to get out and run the neighborhood un-supervised, or trying to walk that dog off-leash.

    When you put it into perspective, if that minor zap to the neck can pull that dog’s attention away from a potentially hazardous situation and make them come back to you, I don’t think it’s a bad trade-off in comparison to all the other, much more cruel things the positive-reinforcement-only crowd does to their dogs.

  • You should wear it first.

  • NEVER!!!! its so mean to train a dog with a shock collar. how would you like being shocked every time you do something someone doesn’t want you to do! there are other ways to train your dog. if he does something write you should reward him!

  • I don’t think there’s ever a right time to deliberately shock a living creature.

    But if you must, you should probably wait until the dog is full-grown.

    I’m not an expert, just an animal lover.

  • whats wrong with you? Its illegal and even if it wasn’t what sort of sicko would do this and what sort of twisted government would allow this kind of thing to happen

  • One word, never.

  • no, no, no. I just rescued a dog that had worn one, he is still scared and insecure. You dont need a dog if this is your attitude.

  • i agree thats just cruel

  • What makes you think a dog should have a shock collar, ever?

  • I would never use a shock collar to train a dog, a dog can be trained by verbal commands.

  • WAHHHH WAHHHHHH look at all the damn cry babies.
    To whatever your name is above, no they are NOT illegal… dumbf-ck.
    Educate yourselves before spouting off ignorance and propaganda, until then, STFU.

  • I would wait until the dog is full grown and then when you put it on start from the very lowest setting and test it until you get a SLIGHT reaction, I personally like the ones that have vibration options. I use the vibration to get the dog to "watch me" and then from there I do training. Remember the shock collar is a tool in training, not a punishment. It’s great for recall training. I would say in regards to getting one, find a trainer and have them give you a crash course in e collar training and recommend one for your dog. I would NOT just go out and buy one w/o consulting with a professional first.

    ADD: shock collars are NOT cruel… I have a friend who has a deaf pittie mix and he uses it to get her attention since she CANT hear him and can’t SEE him if he doesn’t get her attention somehow.

  • there are better ways to train a dog other than using a shock collar

  • These collars are not a magic wand. They do not train the dog. That is the owner’s job. It is important that your dog have a good training foundation and be collar conditioned. The age depends on the dog, the trainer, and the foundation. If you do not know how to evaluate or train these things, you need to take a class from an e-collar trainer. To just slap a collar on a puppy with no conditioning or foundation is cruel. Plus this give e-collar trainers a worse name then what they have now. Unfortunately this is one dog training tool that is often overused and abused by people who have no idea on how to use them humanely.

  • If you want to use an electronic stim collar on your dog then find yourself a reputable trainer to teach you how to use it properly. You don’t sound as though you have any training experience.

    You could use a leash to stop your dog from running onto the road and getting hit by a car.
    You could teach your dog to sit and stay until you give it permission to go out the door.
    None of my dogs would ever run out the door without me giving them the ok. They sit and stay in front of an open door until I tell them otherwise.

    Are you of the opinion that if a dog does something you don’t want it to do you give it a blast with the stim collar? If so you’ve got it very, very wrong.

    I’m not against electronic stim collars in the hands of experienced people who know how to use them properly. I have never needed to use one to train any of my dogs. I am very much against them being made available to anyone and everyone because there is too great an opportunity for abuse.

  • I can’t believe all the bleeding hearts out here. AR nuts…

    Anyways, shock collars aren’t a magical cure.
    They are an extension of a training tool. You obviously need to work on basic obedience training by which you help give this dog boundaries and limitations. You could also start working on your recall. Do these things first and you may find that you don’t need to follow up any of your commands with a correction from a training tool.

    Find yourself a reputable trainer. Contact your local Schutzhund club and ask for a referral to an obedience trainer.

    ADD: @Judy – speaking of common sense, it’s COMMON not "comman".

  • I believe this is used by lazy trainers and bullies. It’s a cheap excuse for not taking the time and the love to teach your dog. Not everything is "add water" for instant gratification…training a dog is a long loving process. If you get a dog…for heavens sakes..put the time in to get the best results. Yeah…I might be a "bleeding heart" but like all of us on this site….my opinion counts too!!! I don’t go with any cruel methods to train anything. You have to have the patience the devotion to get the BEST dogs..and they don’t happen with any kind of abuse. I personally Hate to get shocked…how do you think the poor dog feels!!! You know…the best trainers/people are the ones who will work with an animal trying different turn out the BEST dogs! I know TRUST between you and that dog is the greatest gift that you have in the process of YOU teaching…and the dog Learning!!!

  • ditch the shock collar and work on patience. dogs can learn just about anything you wish to teach them, but with patience on your part. i know i can have my door wide open and my dog will sit at it and wait until i give her the ‘no’ or ‘go’. and a shock collar’s never touched her neck. just sayin’ – it might save you some money too.

  • If at all possible use that as a last resort. I have had to use one on my GSD for jumping on people,tried every thing else first. One I had was with two settings, shock with noise and noise only also had ten levels. Only had to go to level two, with one being the lowest. At that only had to shock him twice and then a few times with the noise only and each time you gotta give the command you are teaching, then it was put away. Generally sit/stay is one of the easiest commands, this is what I use when I want to go out a door. Really don’t now how this will work when teaching to sit as you need to push down on rump when giving the command. Mine was PetSafe and got it at PetSmart.

  • Cruel "training" devices such as anti-barking shock collars, electric ("invisible") fences, and prong collars rely on painful punishment and negative reinforcement. They cause dogs to live in fear of being electrically shocked or painfully choked for normal behavior such as crossing invisible lines, barking, jumping onto surfaces within their own homes, and getting ahead of their guardians during walks. Positive training methods, in which dogs are rewarded for desirable behavior, are kinder and more effective.

    Shock collars can cause dogs physical pain, injury (ranging from burns to cardiac fibrillation), and psychological stress, including severe anxiety and displaced aggression. Individual animals vary in their temperaments and pain thresholds; a shock that seems mild to one dog might be severe to another. The anxiety and confusion caused by repeated shocks can lead to changes in a dog’s heart and respiration rate or gastrointestinal disorders. Electronic collars can also malfunction, either administering no shocks at all or nonstop shocks.

  • Hi. I found this site that gives away a FREE Dog Basics and Training Guide. Maybe it will help you as well.

  • Recently one of my friends really needed some advice on how to train his dog. He followed the dog training academy couse and had his dog fully trained in a relatively short time.

  • Recently one of my friends really needed some advice on how to train his dog. He followed the dog training academy couse and had his dog fully trained in a relatively short time.

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