The E-collar also called power collar or teletac. A controversial tool for some and "unfortunately" banned in some countries.
The E-Collar is a band that allows a trainer to remotely influence a dog through the delivery of power signals. Most E-Collars additionally have a vibration function, similar to your mobile phone.
Fact, an E-Collar requires knowledge, experience and training. Most people lack this. Yes we too use the E-Collar when necessary. We see ourselves that for most dogs it is not necessary, sometimes a few times and in exceptional cases as safety.
Unfortunately, there are also dog trainers who work exclusively with the E-collar as the solution to all problems. These trainer show that they have little understanding of dog training and choose the easiest and fastest solution for them. The sale of an E-collar is often also part of the price you pay for training.
So think carefully about whether you are going with dog trainers who work exclusively with the E-collar!
When used properly, the E-collar is a tool to remind the dog a desired behavior. It also provides the ability to influence the dog at a distance. without linking it to you.
Several years ago, we got back a Malinois shepherd we had bred. The German owner could no longer handle it. The dog had been trained according to the, for some "newest method" exclusively positive (treat and reward) to the point where if the reward did not come fast enough the dog claimed it himself and bit the owner. Had the dog not come to us, this "positively trained" dog would have had to be euthanized, which is called animal friendly ?
When we arrived, the dog showed aggressive behavior, including toward us. The owner put an E-Collar on the dog, put dog in a pen and went. So we were able to solve the problem.
In the pen, the dog flew at us, wanting to get through the bars. The power collar was used on position 15 of 127, in humans a slight tingle can be felt. This allowed the dog to be influenced at a distance without making the link to the trainer. So in this case the dog did not know what happened to him, where did this tingle come from, his behavior changed, he received a correction but could not make a link. Hutch open dog on foot. Listening he did otherwise but he could not tolerate pressure or correction from a human. Without E-Collar this would not have been possible. The opponents of the E-Collar would rather put a dog to sleep (animal friendly ?) than use an E-collar, can you still follow it, we can't.
In the following 2 years, it took much effort and creativity to get the dog under control. In this, the E-Collar was used only on a low setting for support. We think of it as giving a tap on the shoulder without the dog knowing where it is coming from.
Why is the E-Collar controversial to some ?
If used incorrectly, the E-Collar can have the opposite effect and hurt the dog. The problem here is man, who does not know how to handle this resource correctly. Even without an E-Collar, there are unfortunately enough examples of people hurting their dogs for long periods of time via other means to achieve an effect. The difference with the E-Collar is that it can be used remotely with no link to the handler. We think of it as being able to tap your fingers or put a hand on your shoulder.
According to scientific research, paid for by the anti E-Collar lobby, it simply comes down to this: if the dog walks with ears flat, tail down, an E-Collar has been used in training, then that is confirmation that the E-Collar is abusive. The dog is then anxious.
Dogs need to walk ears straight, tail up. Problem we have our own dogs that we have also worked with using the E-Collar, who still display the desired image, tail up, ears straight. So there are plenty of examples where the use of the E-Collar has no nagative effect on the dog (if used correctly). This therefore demonstrates that it is about the way of handling the E-Collar whether or not this is abuse.
Banning the E-Collar is the easy solution without looking at the solution to the real problem. Instead of banning people from keeping dogs or requiring people to undergo training, it is easier to ban a tool. Added to this there is a whole lobby, people who think that all problem behavior in dogs can be solved with a treat, without correction or ignoring the problem.
What this group does not consider is that unfortunately there are sometimes cases where this approach does not work. People who are at a loss, have been bitten by their dog, can't move on, only let their dog out when no one is on the street. The solution for these people should actually be euthanizing the dog according to this lobby. That is called animal friendly ?
The solution, of course, lies in the middle. The basis of any training is positive. However, there comes a point in some dogs when this does not work, to deny this is to deny problems. In these cases, correction will have to be used. A correction to desirable behavior can be done in many ways. An E-collar can be one of the ways for this with emphasis on one of the.
The E-Collar is not the method for all problems but is used depending on the problem and type of dog.
So we are certainly not in favor of dog trainers who think they can solve everything with an E-Collar. We ourselves use the E-Collar rather exceptionally, maybe also because of our experiences solving problems in a different way ? It is and remains a tool we cannot do without in some cases.
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