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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 

At what age does amperage become appropriate?

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.
 
Good luck. 

Scott 

How about you readers? Comments?

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Though in meetings most of Day One of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, I was able to visit a few manufacturers’ exhibits. Innovation as always, is a keyword at this gathering and already one product jumps out at we dog folk:

Tri-Tronics’  TracerTM Light is designed to fit any G-series receiver.  Hunters are able to turn the light on or off with a simple press of a button on their transmitter, and can choose between a blinking light or constant mode, which is visible from up to a  half  mile. It is inserted at the “base” of your collar battery unit and wraps around the entire battery. It doesn’t appear to add much weight or bulk to the collar, and won’t lighten your wallet too much.

If you let your retrievers “help” with decoy placement before first light, run dogs until full dark, or just want the added safety of light when walking Fido on a busy road, this might help. My guess is, houndsmen will find this item most helpful.

For hunters who run multiple dogs, the TracerTMLight is available in three colors: red, white and blue. It  is available as a single accessory ($49.00 MSRP), already attached to the accessory receiver ($193.95 MSRP) or pre-installed in a Trashbreaker remote trainer ($514.00 MSRP).

[SHOT Show gossip you didn’t hear here: watch for another GPS tracking collar to compete with Garmin, this one with stimulation so your dog doesn’t need to look like a retail display mannequin for electronic collars. Maybe as soon as this hunting season.]

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