Now that your new puppy is old enough to train, you’re probably confused by the many dog trainers and dog whisperers out there who tell you the best way to train your dog.
One tells you to use the old-school approach, which would be praise, reward, and consequence.
Another tells you that a shock collar can be a useful tool.
There are many reasons to train your dog. You may have a breed that is more stubborn than others, or a dog that has behaviors that are undesirable, such as chasing moving cars, running after children, barking at visitors, or chewing furniture.
As most dog experts will tell you, the dog’s owner should become the “pack leader”, meaning the boss. This actually makes a dog feel more comfortable. Dogs want to know who’s in charge, and if you won’t take the reins, then they will.
Once you establish that you’re leader of the pack, the next step is to begin training, and this leads us back to our original question: To train the tried-and-true way, with praise, reward, and consequence; or with the help of a shock collar. It can be difficult to choose.
We know that praise, reward, and consequence works, but so do shock collars.
The thing with shock collars is that the very sound of it comes off as inhumane. But really, a small shock may feel uncomfortable to the dog, but it doesn’t actually harm them, and could actually save their lives. It’s important to receive training in how to use a shock collar, and many resources can be found online or in your community.
Think of it as a child learning not to touch a hot stove. Unfortunately it only takes a time or two for the child to realize that a hot stove should never be touched.
Another example is an electric fence. Touching one sends out an electric current that is never intended to be lethal. This teaches cattle, and sometimes people, not to cross the fence. This is to keep the cattle confined to their own field instead of breaking through the fence and running amok through the neighbors’ property. It also deters unwanted predators, and sometimes unwanted humans.
The fence isn’t designed to be abusive. It’s designed to be uncomfortable enough to get the cattle’s attention and keep them from moving through the fence.
Using a shock collar can train a dog to stay in a yard. It may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but dogs are smart and learn quickly. In a very short time they will learn where the boundaries of their yards are, and they won’t chase after moving cars, children, other dogs, etc.
Once the dog learns via the shock collar to stay in his own yard, the collar can be removed, and the dog will stay in the yard without it, in most cases.
If he begins to stray outside of his yard again, use the shock collar again as a refresher course.
Which is more inhumane, using a shock collar, or allowing your dog to roam the neighborhood to be a danger to itself or others?