Your dog has bad behavior that usually causes problems, such as digging or barking at your guests. Then you buy a dog shock collar, hoping it can help you to control its bad behavior.
It is the first time you use a shock collar. Don’t know how to use a dog shock collar? What should we pay attention to in case it may harm your dog?
Hope this article may meet your need.
1. Read the User Manual
There is usually a user manual or an instruction that comes with the collar you brought. Read it carefully. Don’t skim it, or you may miss important details.
2. Put Batteries in the Shock Collar and the Transmitter
Put batteries in the shock collar and the transmitter. For the shock feature, some collars have a small plastic switch and some have a rubber button.
Remember, before you put the collar on your dog, make sure the function of the collar and the transmitter. To prevent accidental shock to your dog, also make sure the system is turned off and set to the lowest setting before attaching it to your dog to prevent accidental shock.
3. Attach the Collar to the Dog’s Neck
Some collars may have small prongs that need to touch the dog’s skin. When attach the collar to your dog, make sure the collar is tight enough and won’t fall off. Make sure the prongs can touch the dog’s neck( they can also be applied to other places on the dog’s body ). But don’t make it too tight for the dog to breath.
4. Keep the Collar on the Dog’s Neck for A Week before Using It
Keep the collar attached to your dog for about a week before using it. This is to let your dog get used to wearing the collar.
The goal of using a shock collar is to make your dog think it is the bad behavior you are trying to stop that cause the shock, not the collar. But if you use the collar right away, your dog will figure out it is the collar that cause the shock. Then it may refuse to wear it.
5. Begin Using the Shock Collar.
When begin using the shock collar, start at the lowest level of stimulation and observe the dog’s response. If that level of stimulation makes effect, your dog’s ear may twitch or it may move its head and try to get away from the collar.
If your dog doesn’t respond at the lowest stimulation, slowly turn the transmitter to the next level and observe its response.
6. Reinforce Your Dog’s Understanding of Commands
When you train your dog with a shock collar, begin with easy commands that your dog is familiar with. Say the command and wait for your dog to respond. If your dog is not paying attention, press the button on your transmitter and repeat the command again.
Don’t forget to praise your dog as soon as it responds. Reward it with a gentle pat or by saying “good dog” so as to reinforce its good behavior.
7. Control Bad Behavior
Obviously, dog owners buy shock collar mainly to control their dogs’ annoying or aggressive behavior.
For example, if your dog bites your clothes that are about to wash or bite your sofa every time it gets into the room, be ready to use a shock collar to control it when you let it in. And when it begins to bite things, turn on the transmitter.
Remember, don’t hold the button down for more than 3 seconds and don’t punch it repeatedly. The purpose of using the collar is to train your dog, not to injure it.
Also don’t let your dog see you. Don’t let it know you are causing the unpleasant simulation. What you need to do is to make sure your dog to associate the simulation with its bad behavior.
Following these 7 steps will help you to easier correct your dog’s bad behavior with the shock collar.
there are something important you need to know:
- If your dog continues to show no response at any level of stimulation, check the fit of the receiver collar.
- Stop using it for two weeks if your dog has a fear of the shock collar. Then use it from the lowest stimulation level and try again.
( If you still have difficulty on choosing a shock collar, please read the article Choosing the Right Shock Collar for Your Dog. )