Training Your Dog Effectively with Vibration Collars

Dog Training

Training your dog to come when called can be a challenging task that requires dedication and practice. Fortunately, remote training collars are here to make the process easier. At Karen’s Kollars, we rely on the Dogtra brand remote training collars due to their reliability and variable levels of stimulation. These electronic training devices are worn around your dog’s neck and can be controlled using a handheld remote.

The Power of Remote Training Collars

Remote training collars offer various features such as single or constant stimulation, vibration, and beep options. While the vibration and beep functions can be useful in specific situations, when it comes to our training methods, we prioritize the electric stimulation. This is because we believe in having complete control over the level of stimulation the dog experiences, allowing us to use a gentle approach.

Understanding Your Dog’s Response

To ensure effective training, we start by observing how your dog acknowledges the stimulation. This can be indicated by a slight ear twitch, turning their head towards the collar box, or other similar signs. Once we understand your dog’s response, we can begin shaping their movements and behavior.

Conditioning Phase

The conditioning phase is crucial in providing your dog with clear instructions on how to respond to the stimulation. During this phase, we begin with the dog on a leash. As your dog gets distracted, we gradually move away until the leash becomes taut. At this point, we start tapping the remote collar button, adding a little more pressure on the leash to guide your dog to turn into it. When your dog successfully turns towards us, we stop tapping on the button. This phase solely focuses on conditioning your dog to associate the stimulation with the action of turning towards the trainer.

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Teaching Phase

In the teaching phase, your dog is required to perform a command before the stimulation is discontinued. We raise the expectations and ask for more from your dog. By tapping on the remote collar button, we communicate to your dog that they need to turn and come all the way back to the trainer. As your dog turns towards us, we may back up a few steps to encourage them to take steps towards us. When your dog is committed to coming to the trainer, the stimulation ceases. A food reward or praise is given upon reaching the trainer. After several repetitions, we introduce the command “Come” as your dog starts heading towards us. This teaches your dog that the word “Come” means to head towards the trainer and receive a reward.

Adding Distractions

As your dog progresses, we gradually introduce distractions and increase the distance. We begin with a 15-foot long line for the initial days and then progress to a longer, thinner line made of paracord. This allows your dog to feel a sense of freedom while still having the security of a line. We expose your dog to various distractions like other dogs behind fences, squirrels, people, cars, and anything that might catch their attention.

Consistency and Success

Throughout the training process, we maintain consistency by using the “Come” command and tapping on the remote button if needed. This ensures that your dog understands the command in all kinds of situations. We also incorporate short pauses after giving the command, allowing your dog to make the right decision independently. However, with the help of the Remote Training Collar, you can rest assured that assistance will always be available until your dog reliably responds to your call, even in the most challenging distractions.

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So, if you’re looking to train your furry friend effectively and build a strong bond through communication, choose Karen’s Kollars. Visit our website here to discover the perfect training collar for your precious companion.

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