An interesting inquiry I received recently …
Hello Again Scott,
I wish to ask you a question. My wife and I seem to have differed in a matter of Dog training. The matter pertains to the usage of an E-collar. She feel that usage of the E-collar should not begin until the puppy has reached the age of 6 months. (i.e. the vet feels it may be to heavy and add undo stress to the young dogs neck. Myself I agree with the trainers of Native Dog Food. Please hear me out. They do not specify a usage time or date from a puppies birth date. They do however recommend a puppies training begin at a young age. 12 to 14 weeks for a bird dog. Also it should be
used for the reinforcement of positive behavior. So I lean towards the introduction of the E-collar around the same time. Do you have an opinion? We decided to go with your choice of E-collar. And understandably so after a small amount of research we knew you were leading us to a quality product. Now when would you begin using the E-collar in a puppies training regiment. Do you mind letting us know?
Thank you my friend
~*~`Jerry` &` Chris ~*~
And my response …
Thanks for your question. First, know that I am NOT a trainer … just a guy who loves dogs and carefully observes what makes them tick, and hopefully learns some more! My feelings on the question:
Stay away from e-collars for many, many months … the physical toll on a pup’s neck is a good reason . Also, I agree training starts the day you bring pup home … whether you know it or not, formal or otherwise. That’s a good thing. But no puppy will have a clear understanding of commands at a young age, thus can’t be corrected with an e-collar. The idea of the collar is to reinforce commands a dog already understands well.
The better puppy training tools in my humble opinion, are: praise in all its forms dispensed liberally, reasonable expectations about what a very young animal can learn and how fast, an enclosed yard, leash and check cord, and judicious use of repetition. Most professionals would probably recommend NO e-collar for many months if not longer!
A couple axioms from those smarter than me:
Never give a command you can’t enforce.
Never give your dog an opportunity to do things the wrong way. Don’t set up your dog for failure.
How about you readers? Comments?