Finding the Right Dog Training Collar for Hunting Dogs

Training any dog is important if you want to ensure that they will be happy in your home and that they will be obedient. Having a well trained dog is important for your safety (they are descended from wolves after all), it is important for the safety of others (such as the postman) and it is important for the happiness and the safety of the dog themselves. A well trained dog is a happy dog, because they know where they stand and because they know what they need to do to keep you happy.

But this is all even more important for a hunting dog. Hunting dogs have an important job to do and while they’re still family pets, you likely bought them with the aims of getting that job done! In this post then, we’ll take a look at safe training collars for dogs as one of the very best tools you can use in order to train your hunting dogs.

What is a Training Collar?

So the basic idea behind a training collar is that it can deliver a small electric shock to your dog in order to help train them. The objective of this is of course to deter the behavior in future, though the way this works might actually be a little more complicated than you at first expect.

How to Use a Dog Training Collar

So the first step is to do your research and to invest in a safe dog training collar. Your objective is not to hurt or scare your dog, which can actually make training harder (not to mention that it’s just not very nice!).

Read the instructions that came with the collar and make sure you are fully informed as to how you should use it. It’s very important you take the time to read the instructions, as you don’t want to shock your dog when they aren’t doing anything wrong!

Once confident, attach the collar to your dog’s neck. You’ll notice that some of these collars have small metallic prongs that need to touch the dog’s neck. Of course, these are what will provide the conductive surface to allow the electricity to travel through the collar – so make sure this is well attached. The collar should be tight, as if it is loose it may actually cause the current to ‘jump’ which can cause a prickling sensation. Of course, it also mustn’t be too tight however.

Keep the collar on your dog for one week before you turn it on or use it. Don’t use the collar right away as otherwise, the dog will associate the collar with pain and it will become very distressed and try to take it off right away. Ideally, you don’t want your dog to know where the shock has come from!

Once your dog has adapted to the collar just like any other, you can then start to use it. If your collar has multiple settings, then be sure to start off with the very lowest setting to begin with. If your dog doesn’t notice the shock at the lowest setting, only then should you consider turning it up slightly. This is a good demonstration of just how mild these shocks are to begin with; don’t worry about hurting your dog – they have thicker skin than we humans!

Now you need to start reinforcing the commands that your dog understands. Tell the dog to sit and wait for it to sit. If it doesn’t sit, then you can press the controller and deliver the mild shock. Remember to praise your dog thoroughly if they do the right thing and potentially to give them a snack! The objective is to reinforce positive behavior as well as training away bad behavior!

Likewise, you can also deliver a mild shock if your dog does something that it shouldn’t be doing. If starts eating the furniture, then you can use the collar at the same time as firmly saying ‘NO’. Make sure that you always say no at the same time as using the collar and make sure that your dog is able to make the association between the bad behavior and the punishment. This is important, as otherwise there is really no point and no benefit in using the collar!

Then again, some people will try to avoid letting the dog know they are the cause of the sensation and in these cases, they will try to remain out of sight while using the shock. Either way, the important connection is between the behavior and the result.

And this is also why it’s important that you don’t continuously press the button, or press it for longer than three seconds. This should be a short sharp and immediate result to a behavior that the pup knows is wrong. Eventually, you won’t need to use it at all!