Every once in a while people bring up the idea of remote collar training how brutal it is. The resistance is not nearly as frequent as it was 15 years ago when I started offering this way of training, but it still happens from time to time.

Why would I want to use a ‘Electric collar’ on my dog? That is the question that people ask. Honestly, I can’t answer that because I don’t feel I am shocking the dog. What I can respond to is why I made the choice to incorporate e-collars into my training all those years ago and why it has become my go-to tool for most of the dogs I train now.

1. Better control: Initially  use a remote collar was driven from a need to have better control of one of my personal dogs. I had a Boxer who had some anger issues. Not the kind that are based in reactivity if another dog “started it”, but the real kind of  potential danger to other dogs and a liability for me.  She was one of those dogs who would take advantage of weakness, and she did if she found an opportunity. The e-collar training I learned afforded me that ability to gain greater control and keep her out of trouble and other dogs safe from harm.

2. No Leash Ability: Within a short period of time it became apparent to me how quickly and easily I could help my clients to transition to off leash training when we added an e-collar to the training mix. Training to an off leash standard had previously taken months, if not years of work. Now we could get there in weeks.

3. Free Control of Body  and  Mind: Once the off leash training was in place, the peace of mind was huge. Within a few short weeks of training we could give our dogs the joy of freedom off leash and feel totally confident they would be safe because they would come back when called, every time.

4. Better Learning Curve: As I progressed into teaching others how to use the equipment, I saw a dramatic increase in my client’s level of success. The techniques of using the remote collar were easier to emulate for the average person. No longer did clients have to master the level of finesse I had with a leash, or their voice control or their strength and quickness. The consistency between handlers was always there because of the equipment. A petite woman could walk a large, strong dog just as well as her husband could.

5. Decrease frustration: Because the results were faster and easier to achieve, the frustration level for people struggling with behavioral problems in their dogs dropped. No longer did it take weeks of practice to see slight changes in behavior. People were seeing results after one session, and that gave them hope and the motivation to carry on trying to resolve the challenges. Less people were “giving up” and relinquishing their dogs to shelters, re-homing or euthanasia.

6. Better on the dogs: The final reason that pushed me over the edge in promoting e-collar training was the most powerful one. It was SO much easier on the dogs. The information presented to them was clear and consistent, and who can ask more than that when you are learning something new? The clarity meant the dogs “got it” almost immediately, and they were happier, calmer and more stable as a result of this way of training.