ELECTRONIC TRAINING

  ELECTRONIC TRAINING 

Electronic training relies on the use of an electric collar that delivers a shock or a spray of citronella when a dog is not performing a desired task. It’s mostly used for training at a distance when a leash can’t be used. For example, shock collars can be used to make a dog stay within the boundaries of an un-fenced yard. A remote collar can be used to train dogs for work in fields or hunting work. People who use these devices claim that there is less risk of a dog getting hurt by a choke collar or other mechanical devices.

There are many problems with this training method. One is that it relies on punishment for bad behavior instead of rewards, meaning a dog learns what it’s not supposed to do, rather than what it is supposed to do. Another problem is that it can create a great deal of stress and lead to permanent anxiety issues for dogs. The devices are often used by inexperienced owners, and therefore are overused.

This can cause a lot of unnecessary pain, both physically and psychologically, for dogs. Professional dog trainers may see desired results from electronic training, but it is definitely not for use by average owners. There are many alternatives that put dogs under far less stress and pain. If you are going to use an electronic device, which again is not recommended, consult a professional about the proper use and consider an alternative form of behavior correction.