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AT WHAT AGE CAN I START E-COLLAR TRAINING?

You recently acquired a new puppy and other than the middle of the night potty breaks, the first few weeks were pretty easy. The pup mostly ate, slept, gently gnawed on his toys, and waddled along a few feet behind you, never getting too far from sight.

a cute little puppy in a little cup

 

But a few weeks have gone by and that devoted pup has suddenly developed a mind of his own. He is going into the street to chase cats, chewing on the corner of the furniture, and using those sharp incisors to clamp down on your hands when you try to pet or brush him.

You’re thinking about using an e-collar (or remote dog training collar, dog bark collar, even electric dog fence system) to start teaching better manners but someone who has trained a few of his own dogs has told you he is too young. In fact, the more people you ask, the more conflicting opinions you get!

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It is fairly common knowledge that you should start training your puppy as soon as he comes into your home. Our dogs are taking in information all the time. Each interaction with them is a learning opportunity and basic manners like housebreaking, learning to inhibit play biting and control of nuisance whining, barking and jumping up should start young. It is ideal if the pup grows up never really having learned and ingrained bad behaviors to begin with.

But when it comes to the question of how old is “old enough” to start using an e-collar to train a dog, the truth is, there isn’t a one size fits all answer. Some pups are ready to go around 14 or 15 weeks of age, others should be close to the typically standard prescribed 6 month old time frame before you start.

If your pup is large enough to fit the collar properly AND has an outgoing, boisterous type of personality, you can very likely add an e-collar to the training tool kit and get started earlier than you would if you have a quiet, reserved pup. The more withdrawn puppies should have extra attention paid to exploring the world and experiencing a spectrum of positive adventures rather than focusing on reining them in too soon and creating potential hesitancy.

a scared little puppy looking and walking

 

My personal belief is that the decision about e-collar training should depend on a factor far more important than the age of the dog. A factor that is even more important than the dog’s overall temperament.

In my opinion, the decision should be weighted heavily on you as the operator, your knowledge of the tool, and very importantly, your willingness to put in the needed training time. If you’re a patient person, willing to learn to use the collar properly (or you’re already experienced) you can get started. On the other hand, if you’re only looking for a quick fix to punish nuisance behavior (and not take the time to teach the dog what to do) you should reassess your motivation and the relationship you have with your dog.

If both you and your dog are ready, then go for it and get busy with the collar conditioning protocols and do the work. Put in the practice sessions because collar conditioning teaches your dog HOW to properly respond and have control over the sensation.  That understanding will bring a happy working attitude rather than a sullen or deflated one and you’ll end up improving the relationship you have with your dog and more thoroughly enjoying your time together.

a young boy having fun with his black and white dog

 

The thing that will vary based on your dog’s age, is how much work you can do in a given session and for how long. Pay attention and honor the limitations of your dog’s attention span when you start. And on the side of caution and keep your sessions short, rather than too long. You will build your dog’s mental endurance as you practice together. And focus on what is going right; help your young dog get it right. Don’t be stingy with the use of rewards and praise.

Once the dog understands how to respond and do as you ask, everything else will begin to fall in line. You will have a well-mannered, happy dog and you will be able to enjoy more adventures together.

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THE 22th CHINA INTERNATIONAL PET SHOW (CIPS 2018)

Pet Shows have always been one the most crucial events in our industry. Filled with all the latest tech and products, we were very excited to have attended the 22th China International Pet Show in Guangzhou as exhibitors this September.

Being a professional supplier of pet training products, a trade show is a fantastic venue for us to reach new customers, and it is a great opportunity to show our strength. During the show, we enthusiastically served those who visited our booth, and answered all of their questions. We were thrilled to learn that they were very intrigued by our products, such as our star products: dog training collar, dog bark collar, pet training products, pet electronic fence, etc. We have learned so much from this wonderful event, and had a better understanding regarding the advantages of ourselves and that of other participants at the show, we will never stop seeking for new marketing methods as well as technical breakthrough, and more importantly, new partners to work with. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next event!

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7 Ways Your Dog Talks To You Through Body Language

We all wish our dogs could talk to us – it would make life so much easier! Also it’d be really fun. But in fact, they are trying to talk to us all the time. While it might not be in your language, your dog most definitely communicates with you. The following are a few of the main ways your dog talks to you about things that are important. Teaching your kids your dog’s language can also help to prevent bites from happening.

#1 – Brings you something
This is a pretty easy one. Most dogs bring their owner something when they want to play. Whether it’s a favorite toy, a stick to throw or even a sock, it’s usually their way of asking you for some play time. Some persistent dog will follow their owner around, pushing the toy into the back of their owner’s legs.

a golden retriever biting a can of beer to serve his owner

#2 – Cowers
This is another communication that is pretty easy to read. When your dog crouches low, tail tucked, head down and averted, he is clearly telling you he is afraid of certain things. If you do no listen to your dog and back off/or get him out of the situation, some dogs will progress to biting to let you know they are scared.

a black dog is scared or frighten of something

#3 – Panting when it’s not hot
If your dog is panting when it’s not warm out, he is telling you he is stressed. Time to change the environment or stop what you are doing in order to avoid further stress on your dog.

a dog has his tongue out, waiting for things to happen

#4 – Whining
Whining is a difficult one because dogs whine to tell you different things. Some dogs may whine when they need to go to the bathroom. Some dogs whine when the water bowl is empty. Your dog may also whine when she is excited or stressed. Look at what else is going on in the environment to tell which of these whines your dog is using. For example, if he is standing at the door whining, he probably wants out or he is excited about whoever is on the other side of the door.

a little white puppy is whinning

#5 – Head snaps around suddenly
This one is often missed by owners (and definitely kids) when you are handling your dog. But if your dog whips his head around quickly to the area you are touching, it either means it hurts or he is not comfortable with you touching there. For either of these reasons, it can be a warning – if you don’t stop, I’ll bite next. Knowing this can help you learn if your dog has a painful spot and also keep you (or a child) from being bit when handling a sensitive dog.

a hand is patting a dog but the dog looks scared

#6 – Barking at you
Your dog barks at you to get something – food, a walk, play time, you to throw that toy? This is most likely a “taught” language – meaning, your dog tried it once or twice, it got him what he wanted, so he continued. It’s also considered rude by most. It’s like the kid that nags at you to buy a toy every time you go to the store. Most dog owners pay good money to buy dog training devices to get their dog to stop doing this, but still, it is all about miscommunication.

a little puppy is barking in the wilderness

#7 – Stiff body
A stiff body is your dog’s way of saying “something’s up and I don’t like it.” If you see your dog go stiff, it usually means they are about to react to something, like a cat, a person at the door, another dog, etc. Be aware of this signal can help you avoid the next part, which can lead to fights and bites. If your dog gets stiff and starts to stare, it’s time to redirect his attention elsewhere.

A black and white beagle is starring and he looks frightened

So after everything I wrote, I hope you all learned something new today. And if you still have trouble communicating with your beloved dog, I recommend some of our dog training gadgets. I guarantee that our products are user-friendly, safe, and more importantly, “dog-friendly”. Our products include: Remote Dog Training Collar, Dog Barking Collar and Dog Fence System. Check out more information here: https://dog-ecollar.com/product/