George wrote to me with an interesting question about what happens when his dog runs away from him when off leash: Hi Adam: I know it is good to let your dog roam freely on a long line. I have been using an e-collar and a pinch collar (I use the pinch collar at this point only for walking). My question is: if I let my dog roam freely with an e collar instead of a 50 ft long line and my dog decides to run… will an e collar correction make him stop running assuming that happens? “When My Dog Read more [...]
This is Shorty’s first session with the e-collar. What I’m doing here is: I’m tapping the dog with the stimulation (what we’ll refer to as “the stim”) … every time you hear me give a command. I personally only use the remote collar on about 5% of the dogs that I work with. For very much the same reason that we own an electric screw driver, but usually just use a regular screw driver. With my system of dog training, I’ve found it to be easier on the dog if you introduce the e-collar AFTER Read more [...]
Master dog trainer Adam G. Katz reviews the Sit Means Sit Remote Electronic Collar.
Adam G. Katz shows how to properly fit Electronic Dog Collars or e-collar (remote electronic dog training collar). This works on any brand of e-collar.
Leslie asks: I am unsure of when to use the nick or the continuous stim. button on my remote with the e collar. I have only used the nick, for example at a low setting when the dog seems to be walking too far in front of me while off leash, as a reminder that I should be his focus. I use the collar at a higher setting if he doesn’t follow my command while off leash. He may be sniffing when I tell him to come and his response is not immediate so I say “no” nick button then issues come command. I Read more [...]
Hi Adam, I’ve been reading the comments about the E-collar and the whole concept is quite interesting. We have never used one before; however, we know of someone who had good success with perimeter training and quieting the bark on their toy dog. My husband, who used to do all the training of our dogs, is now limited by the use of his rolling walker, which is the new norm for him. One technique that he used to like to use was William Koehler’s lounge line exercise and for obvious reasons, he Read more [...]
Here’s the deal: You’ve got a dog that just keeps barking when you leave him in his kennel run or in the back yard. You’ve already exercised him and you know that he’s not barking at anything in specific. Let’s face it: Sometimes dogs just bark because it’s fun. And then it becomes a habit. And then your neighbors start complaining. Even if you correct the dog when you’re home, your dog is smart enough to learn that he doesn’t get corrected for barking when you leave for work. And that’s where Read more [...]
At the link below, you’ll find the remote electronic training collars that I recommend. It is important that a remote electronic training collar (an “e-collar” for short) have at least the following features: – Seven levels of stimulation. You must have the flexibility to adapt the motivation of the stimulation to MATCH your dog’s temperament. Three levels of stimulation is usually not enough. – A range that is practical for off-leash training. If the e-collar you’re using only claims to have Read more [...]
1a. WHY should one use an electronic collar rather than clicker, treat or other methods not involving any pain? The first time I heard about dog training with an electronic collar, I imagined the Electro-Shock Treatment scene from the old Frankenstein movies. But once you open your mind and move past the negative hype and cookie-trainer propaganda, you realize something rather startling… dog training with an electronic collar (if done correctly) has absolutely nothing to do with pain. 1b. Read more [...]
An article published in a recent issue of Canine Times (you can subscribe to this free e-zine by going to: http://www.cfnaonline.com/caninetimes/) states that, “The Association of Pet Behavior Counselors condemns the widespread use of devices which deliver electric shocks to dogs for the purpose of training or curing behavior problems,” The article later states that, “Only in a handful of cases, where all else has been tried and failed, and when the condition is potentially life-threatening, can Read more [...]
Adam’s Guide To Buying A Remote Electronic Training Collar (Also referred to as an E-collar) Below you’ll find the remote electronic training collars that I recommend. It is important that a remote electronic training collar (an “e-collar” for short) have at least the following features: Multiple levels of stimulation (more than three). You must have the flexibility to adapt the motivation of the stimulation/correction to MATCH your dog’s temperament. Three levels of stimulation is Read more [...]
(Adam’s response are denoted below.) [DAVID WRITES: ] Dear Adam: I have read your book a couple of times, and have recommended it to several of the folks who attended the obedience class with me (Which after reading your book I realized what a waste the class was). Ok Ok, so I’m done sucking up for now. I have a 10 month-old Australian Shepherd named Belle. I ordered the Free Spirit e-collar from Innotek and I’ve gotten her used to wearing it. I intend to use the e-collar to Read more [...]