5 Tips: E-Collar Dog Training for Beginners

hey everybody Brian with you trooper

training and today we're going to we're

gonna talk about five tips that will

improve the way you use your shot-caller

these are things that are gonna keep you

make sure you're using it in a humane

way in a way that doesn't hurt your dog

but also in a way that takes advantage

of these incredible tools I love my

shock collar or electronic collar

whatever you want to call it when we

talk about shock people think

electricity high-voltage not it's a it's

a static electricity it's like rubbing

your feet in the carpet and tagging your

brother there's no permanent damage here

for the dogs as far as what the shock

you know as far as what the collars

doing however if it's in the wrong hands

or if you're not using it right it

really can cause a lot of damage I've

come out into a kind of an open field

where there's a lot of rooms for the

dogs to run but there's a big highway

that runs and we're about maybe 150

yards away from it this is one of those

situations where I think a shot-caller

is really almost absolutely necessary if

you're gonna let your dog off the leash

and so five tips on keeping your dogs

safe also getting the most out of the

shot-caller make sure you listen to

number three because it's one that

you're not gonna hear from anyone and it

might be the most important tip of the

day so let's get the video before we do

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okay so for the very first tip and this

is probably the most obvious one is it's

got to be fitted right on his neck and

if you watch a lot of the the guys who

are running dogs in the AKC events

you'll notice that usually right where

you know usually higher up on the neck

rather than lower down that's usually

because if it's if they put it way down

into the neck where it's a little bit

thicker it can work its way up and then

it's too loose and so a lot of times

you'll see them wearing them almost

where it looks like it's like right up

at the base let me get the hay out and

come come good boy right here sit sit


so you'll notice I know that I've got it

right up here on top and you want it so

that you can get one or two fingers

under there but more than that and it's

too loose you also want to make sure

that these prongs are sitting on the

skin you want it to not to be on a bunch

of matted fur so tip number one make

sure it's fitted right and make sure

that it's in a spot where it's not gonna

loosen up but that it's not so it's so

tight that it's gonna choke them okay go

play alright tip number two is has to do

with the way you keep it stored any

decent dog collar system that you buy

any collar system that you're going to

buy especially if you're an outdoorsman

and you like to get outside is gonna be

waterproof and you want both the remote

and the collar to be waterproof

but the charging apparatus whatever that

might be may not be waterproof and I

don't like I've more than once I've gone

on a search for my charger around the

house because I had it set out I charged

it before a big hunt or before a big

hike and I come home and my wife has

moved it and so I like to keep the

charger with me and with all of my other

dog stuff in the bucket and so what I

like to do is just keep it in a gallon

ziplock bag it's one of the doubles zip

doesn't have to be you don't have to

spend a lot of money on these then I

just keep the charger and the collar and

the hand and the remote all in the same

bag when I get to wherever we're going I

pull it out and and it's all right there

as soon as we get back to the truck I

take it off and it goes back in the back

so there's tip number two all right so

tip number three and this is the one

that I think I've never seen anyone use

a shot-caller like this or

at least talk to people about using a

shot-caller like this and that is to use

it in place of a clicker if you haven't

watched my my video on clicker training

and how to charge a clicker or

introducing a dog to clickers check on

those videos right up here but what

we're gonna do today I'm going to show

you Oh Denise is the first time he's

ever had a shock collar on so I'm gonna

basically charge the shock collar the

way I do with a clicker now the feature

that I'm going to use and I suggest that

if you get a shock collar if you get an

electric an electric collar I suggest

that you get one that has three

functions you want one that has

stimulation vibration and tone and tone

is the one that we're going to use and

so what we're gonna do is I'm gonna use

the tone of the collar the same way that

I use a clicker and so to charge that

I'm just gonna take a treat put it on

the ground and when Odin eats it I'm

gonna click good boy and I'm gonna do

both of those at the same time now I'm

gonna put the clicker away Odin already

knows what the clicker is but I'm just

gonna do that four or five times and and

get Odin used to the tone of the collar

the same way I got him used to a clicker

good boy Hawaii good boy

let's take him a little longer to chew

those up now here's the benefit to this

is that one of the most difficult things

to training dogs of any breed is the

timing of your acknowledgment the timing

of your praise and of the reward

whatever that reward might be and so if

you're doing retrieves at a hundred

yards and your dog goes out and you do a

whistle stop at fifty yards and he spins

around and sits on a dime one of the

challenging things can be to reward that

early on so that he knows that's what

you want good boy good and so what we're

gonna do is once he's used to this tone

and knows that that's a good thing what

we're gonna do is we're gonna send him

out there we're gonna blow the whistle

when he turns around and sits we're

gonna give him a good boy tone we're

gonna give him the clicker or the tone

on our collar good boy the reason I

really like this feature is because it

takes what usually let's be honest shot

callers and eCollege have a really

negative a really negative stereotype in

fact they're outlawed in in some

countries like the UK but this this

opens up a whole new way to use the

caller it provides a way to give

positive reinforcement when they're

doing when they're doing what you want

them to oh good boy good boy yeah you're

being so good so this is tip number

three and again I think this is the one

thing I've not ever seen anyone teach

this particular use of an e-collar and

in my book if I were to write a an

e-collar book this would be the number

one thing that I would highlight in fact

I I would suggest that there's even some

benefit if you're really adverse to

using any kind of electric stimulation

at all

take the probes out and and don't even

use that just use the tone on this as a

clicker and you can give your dog that

positive reinforcement when they're a

hundred yards away the other benefit to

this versus any kind of a positive

reinforcement training or anything that

would be adverse to using e collars is

the fact that I can get my dog's

attention when there are a hundred yards

away whereas you know if I'm if my dog

is out of the out of the range of a

clicker noise and there's something that

distracts him to the level of not paying

attention to my calls I have some way to

reinforce it so that is I think the

biggest but the biggest positive or the

biggest potential out of these collars

so there's number three that's the one

that nobody's talking about there's your

little that's your that's your special

spot your special sauce with the e

collar when anyone gives you flak for

having one on your dog just just explain

the positive reinforcement tool that it

is let's jump over to two tip number

four good boy okay tip number four and

this is I don't know how to emphasize

this one enough I an electric collar is

not a tool that you use to introduce

your dog to a new command this is a

finishing tool and so whatever process

you've been using to teach your dog the


whether that's treats or clickers or a

leash some kind of a pressure collar

whatever process you've been using those

steps need to be in place and if it's if

you're working the command sit or if

you're working the command come or heal

or rafet whatever all of those things

need to be introduced and proof meaning

you've taught them you've worked on sit

inside the house in the back yard in the

front yard with distractions and then

out in the open field then you've done

all of that and you know without a

shadow of a doubt that your dog is well

versed and very comfortable with the

command sit and what you mean when you

say that then this becomes the finishing

tool this is how we're going to

eliminate any has any hesitation if you

give the command and the dog hesitates

then we're going to introduce the

vibration or the stimulation then the

next part of this is when you do

introduce it make sure you start on the

lowest setting I like I said in the

previous to previous tip one of the tips

before already I like the the caller's

that have three features or three

functions I want tone vibrate and

stimulate and so I'm going to use the

tone like I said for the positive

reinforcement I'm going to start with

vibration some dogs very sensitive dogs

that's all you're gonna need if your dog

doesn't respond to vibrate then you can

move to the stimulation but you're gonna

start at the lowest setting and you want

to just go high enough until you get

your dog's attention until he and you'll

notice this watch his head when you give

a command and he doesn't respond and you

you zap him or you buzz him a little bit

he's gonna respond with that that twist

of the head he's gonna look at you

and that's that's the perfect level you

don't want to go any further than that

you don't want your dog yelping because

of this that's going to actually

distract and take away from your

training it's gonna make your dog cower

it's gonna make him really uncomfortable

and it's gonna ruin your relationship so

let me show you how this works with Odin

he's never had the shock collar on but

there are some some things that he's

comfortable doing oh good boy Odin sit

good he did that right away and so I

gave him the tone I want that positive

reinforcement good boy Odin lay down no

lay down good boy so as I said

no at the same time I gave him the

vibrate I want him to associate vibrate

and no good boy come good sit all right

my last and final tip a lot like with

Bart callers the electronic callers are

the the e-collars the shot callers

anything that has that little prong on

it you have a risk of rubbing the fur

raw and once you rub that raw and you

create a sore and open sore on your

dog's neck you have the risk of an

infection you have the risk of your dog

starting to scratch at it and cause more

you know inflict more damage so you want

to make sure that you're not leaving the

collar on your dog for long periods of

time another reason that you don't want

to make sure that you want to make sure

you don't leave your collar on and I

made this mistake once this is why I

know this is super important I left my

collar on my dog one time came in sat

the remote up on top of what I thought

was out of my kids reach went into the

other room came out about five minutes

later and my kids had the the the remote

and I could see that you know luckily I

had it turned down to a rather low

setting but I could see my dog sitting

over in the in the kennel from where I

was standing in the kitchen and

scratching and his head was twitching

and I realized that I had my kids were

in there not realizing that this was on

my dog and that it was turned on it was

it was you know learn from my mistake

I'm not above knitting that I make

mistakes and that's why and I pass it on

to you so now as soon as we're out of a

place where my dog doesn't need this

anymore we're back to the truck I take

it off but I also think that you know

anytime you're in a place where your dog

is off leash and there's the potential

for a distraction that's why you know

we've got this relatively large highway

kind of a quasi highway behind us a lot

of traffic a lot of big trucks I don't

know if you can see it from now it's

just over this Knoll but this is a place

where even though there doesn't seem to

be that much here if something were to

distract my dog and take him off and

over I would want that I would want the

e-collar in place because I can get his

attention I've been on runs with my dog

before where he was off leash and there

was another dog that became very

aggressive and kind of trying to be

alpha and it looked like we were headed

four-four kind of a dogfight with my

e-collar I I called come come come

nothing happened I was able to increase

the stimulation pretty quick to make

sure that to really get my dog's

attention he turned his attention round

to me I was able to get him back to me

and away from the other dog and nothing

happened so when you're out and about

make sure the collar is on as soon as

you're in a place where you have your

control your dog he's on a leash or he's

back in the kennel he's in your fenced

back yard that's when you want to make

sure that the collar comes off turn it

off get it charged up make sure you're

ready for your next your next adventure

if you choose a good well-known collar a

well-known brand they're gonna come with

some kind of a manual I really like the

sport dog collars in part because their

product is really good but I think

everybody has products from time to time

that that malfunction or that don't work

quite as well as they need to

that's when Sport dog really shines

their customer service is hands-down the

best maybe in any field any product any

line I've ever I've ever come across

I had an experience where one of my

collars wasn't working quite right I saw

an Instagram and an Instagram post of

somebody else had another dog trainer

that they used the same collar that I

had so I just reached out to them

through their post and said have you

ever had this problem described what was

going on and sport dog was tagged in the

original post so when when somebody from

sport dog came across the post saw my

comment and they reached out to me gave

me a number to call I called it we were

able to get the collar reset and all of

my problems were taken care of so hands

down sport dog is like the best customer

service I've never had I've never had

anyone from any company who's customer

service has reached out to me to fix a

problem so usually it's the other way

around all sports all sport dog gun all

sport dog collars come with this and

this really good manual and it walks you

through kind of the the step by step of

using the these devices these tools and

you'll want to read that closely before

you put it on your dog's neck so thanks

for watching I'll see everybody in the

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