"Educator Collars" for dogs of all sizes

*E-Collar's blunt stimulation pulse prevents and unsafe jerking of your dogs neck
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Nothing irritates me more than a dog hauling its owner around while chocking itself with a choke collar. The dog isn’t having fun, the owner certainly isn’t having fun and pretty soon the poor dog doesn’t get to go out for any excercise because he is to strong or he runs away if let off leash. The dog then gets into all kinds of mischief because he can’t run to release his energy. Lots of times these dogs end up in the pounds. I’m liking the fact my dogs get tons and tons of off leash time
Push a button on the remote to activate a mild stimulation from your dog’s collar.
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When using a shock collar, the key is to apply the least amount of zap needed to get the job done. Early versions of shock collars had very little means of adjusting the level of the shock. They were permanently set to "weld" and, because of this, good for very little. In contrast, modern shock collars have a huge number of levels. My shock collar has 48 levels available, all the way from imperceptible to the smallest of dogs all the way to quite hot for the most stubborn of dogs. Many levels are also useful to avoid overstepping. Overstepping is when level 5 is too little for the dog to notice and level 6 causes the dog to vocalize (which indicates that the level is too high). “you don’t USE shock collars on normal, happy-go-lucky dogs with no real issues”
Photo provided by FlickrDog training collars for hunting dogs, from at-home training to in-the-field hunting.
Photo provided by FlickrThis dog's collar alerts all who see it that they are owned and licensed. istockphoto
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BTW, before we get too deeply into this topic and everyone starts calling the Humane Society on me, let me explain what the stimulation is like. If you have ever dragged your shoes across a carpet and then reached for a doorknob and gotten a shock you have received the same sort of stimulation as comes from the Ecollars. It is unpleasant, but does no physical damage. I have given myself thousands of shocks from the collars in demonstrating them and insist that my clients receive stimulations from the collars as well, before using them on their dogs. But one more example before I leave you. I train police dogs and when the dog receives the command to stop biting I want him to return to the handler as quickly as possible. This is so that he can fulfill his primary duty, protecting the handler. Having the dog return to the handler also allows an arrest team can take the suspect into custody without the dog present so none of them gets bitten. The collar I use has a dial that allows me to turn the stimulation level up and down continuously. (Think of a dimmer switch on a light.)When I start training a dog I find his level of stimulation by turning the Ecollar up very slowly until I see some reaction from him that he feels the stimulation. This can show itself several ways. One is an ear flick; another is scratching, as if bitten by a flea; another is a furrowing of the dog's brow; another is the dog moving his head away from the collar as if a grasshopper had landed on him. This is far below the level used by most Ecollar trainers. Some of them train at the highest level of stimulation that a dog can tolerate. I train at the lowest level of stimulation that the dog can feel. Let’s say you are dove hunting next to a gravel road and you shoot a dove that lands on the other side of the road. If that dog takes off on his own and is heading for the road, you turn that e-collar up and let him have it. Believe me, the e-collar has saved more dogs lives than any one tool that will ever be built. That variable rate is so critical, because you can use a level 1 and you can use a level 9 at the flick of a switch. Now, as you’re polishing with the e-collar, you’re going to learn what level of static stimulation to use. Here’s the key: You start off low, with level 1. The collar I’m running right now has 9 different levels of low medium and high, so I have 9 different levels within each of those ranges that I have at my fingertips that I can get to within a half-second. This allows me to customize that collar to any dog that I have. Today, I ran 26 dogs on setups. As I ran them, I ranged anywhere from level 1 to level 8. I knew each dog and I know what level I needed to be on. So now that we understand static stimulation levels and the purpose of the e-collar, how do we introduce it the first time and find out what levels to use on our dogs? It’s actually pretty easy. I do it after I’ve taught heel on the leash. Now I’m going to teach the dog to heel on the e-collar. Again, I’m going to put it on the dog and I’m going to put it on level 1.