There are many dog owners who use e-collar responsibly and safely to stop their dogs barking every day. If your dog barks more often than he should, you are supposed to consider doing it too. Below you’ll find our ideas about how to successfully e-collar training your dog to stop barking.

How to Use an E-Collar to Stop Your Dog Barking

Step 1: purchase a reliable e-collar. Make sure that you don’t get a terrible e-collar. There are tons of dog training brands on the market, but some of them are making inferior e-collars that might damage your dog. Before buying one, do some research on the product. Purchase a high-quality e-collar and you’ll be glad that you did.

Step 2: try positive reinforcement. Don’t initially use it to correct or punish barking (and certainly don’t use it at a high level). The first thing you should do is teach the dog with positive reinforcement what quiet means. You already have a problem with your dog barking, so when your dog stops barking (maybe you get three seconds of quiet behavior), mark that with “yes” and reward.

Step 3: introduce the e-collar to your dog. This should be done in a controlled setting, like a quiet place without other dogs. If your dog looks sensitive about the new device, put the e-collar on the floor and encourage him to investigate it and reward him his for doing so. Then you can attempt attaching the collar to his neck again, Keep trying this a couple of times until your dog accepts having the collar.

Step 4: find the right level of the stimulation. Turn on the e-collar and set it at the lowest level. You can ask a helper to do something that will trigger his barking, like gently knocking the door. If your dog doesn’t bark for it, reward him a treat. Then take a walk with him outside before the next testing. On the second try, your helper can knock the door a little harder to get your dog to bark at a relatively low intensity. You are supposed to record your dog’s reaction and the level stimulation. If you are using an e-collar which can automatically adjust its intensity, you don’t have to worry about increasing the level of your collar.

Something Else You Should Know

Don’t use e-collars to punish unwanted behaviors. That’s why some people think these collars should be banned. They are the greatest tool that’s ever been invented for dog training but it also is the most misunderstood.

In addition, all behaviors should be first taught with positive reinforcement. Don’t do initial teaching with an e-collar. Once a dog knows what it’s doing with positive reinforcement, then overlay very low-level negative reinforcement by using an e-collar along with positive reinforcement. Now there’s positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. Both positive and negative reinforcement increased behaviors. Negative reinforcement is not punishment. Negative reinforcement does not stop behaviors. The e-collar goes away as soon as the dog does the proper behavior.

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