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How to Use a Dog Training Collar?

Training your dog is very important. Using a Remote Dog Trainer makes things easier. Today, you will learn how to use a Remote Dog Training Collar from the experts.

Bad behaviours can negatively impact your relationship with your dog and sometimes it could lead to dog abandonment - Dog Training Collars will help you make your pet understand how he or she should behave.

You can teach your dog basic commands such as sit, come, stay and heel. Also, correct popular unwanted behaviours such as jumping on guests, digging into your garden beds, chasing cars and excessive barking.

Using Wireless Dog Training Collars (Click on each item to discover more):

1. Fit the Remote Dog Training Collar Properly

2. Introduce the tone & stimulation of the Remote Dog Trainer

3. Start teaching the commands using the Electric Dog Training Collar to correct unwanted behaviours

Basically, a Dog Training Collar helps you train your dog with an "invisible leash" that can reach distances from 70m up to 1000m and even more.

Learning to use the electric dog training collars is easy, you just have to follow some simple but important guidelines to achieve the best behaviours that you want your dogs to develop while securing their optimal comfort and safety.

Important Note: Remote Training Collars should be checked and cleared for use in Australia. This is the main reason why we only offer E-collars that are tested and cleared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Fitting the Remote Dog Training Collar Properly

Before you use the remote dog trainer on your dog, it is very important that you know how to fit the remote training collar properly for effective operation. Follow these steps:

  • • Make sure the collar is turned off

  • • DO NOT fit the collar while your dog is sitting down

  • • Let your dog stand comfortably

  • • Check the fit by putting one finger between the collar and your dog’s neck

  • • The collar should be snug

  • • Let your dog wear the collar and get comfortable with it for a few minutes

  • • Recheck the collar to ensure perfect fit

  • • You can then turn the collar on to test it

  • Related: 5 Ways to Avoid Sores (Burns) On Your Dog's Neck | Electric Dog Collars

Pro Tip: It is best if you let your dog wear the electric training collar for a few days up to a week before you start the active training.

This is to instill in your dog's mind that the collar is just any other collar - this will prevent your dog from becoming "collar-wise".

So, your dog will be able to associate the correction as a consequence to the bad behaviour and NOT to the remote training collar.

Please do not forget to only use a Dog Training Collar that is checked and cleared for use in Australia.

Introduction to Tone and Stimulation of the Remote Dog Trainer

Finding your dog's "recognition level"

To effectively start your dog’s training, introduce the tone and stimulation first. Find a location where there is minimal distraction - your dog should feel safe and comfortable.

start your dog’s training with remote dog trainers

Make sure that your handheld remote (transmitter) and your dog’s collar (receiver) are fully charged or the batteries are properly fitted. Follow these steps to smoothly start your dog’s remote collar training:

  • • Start with the tone button

  • • Spend 10-15 minutes per day for 2-3 days helping your dog understand the tone

  • • Associate the tone with reward and praise (some also use the tone as a warning)

  • • Push the tone button for 2 seconds

  • • Reward your dog with verbal praise when you release

  • • Allow 2-5 seconds before you repeat the process

Quick Tip: Vary the rewards while training for the tone function.

As soon as your dog starts to anticipate a reward with the tone, you’ve succeeded in this phase.

Now, most of the remote trainers is equipped with different static stimulation levels for training flexibility.

To identify your dog's "Recognition Level" - the level of correction he or she responds to, do these steps:

  • • Start with the lowest level of stimulation

  • • Look for a slight change in your dog’s behaviour:

    • - Looking around in curiosity

    • - Scratching at his remote training collar

    • - Flicking his ears

  • • If you do not see any changes at his behaviour, move up to the next level of stimulation

  • • Look out for your dog’s reaction to the stimulation

  • • Take note of his recognition level - the level you use for communicating with your dog

Please remember that it is important to use a remote trainer that is checked and cleared for Australian standard. 

Teaching Basic Commands Using the Dog Training Collar

There are a few basic commands that you can simply teach your dogs and these are: “sit”, “come”, “stay” and “heel” - these commands may be simple but they can definitely come in handy.

Dog sitting on a coach after given with a "sit" command using a dog training collar

The Sit Command

So, how do you teach the “sit” command to your dog? It’s pretty simple… once you find your dog’s recognition level with the remote training collar, do these following steps:

  • • Put a separate non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck

  • • It should be above the remote training (receiver) collar

  • • Attach the training leash

  • • The extra collar should not put pressure on the remote training collar’s contact points (the two tiny prongs)

  • • Hold the leash and the Dog Remote Trainer on one hand

  • • Use your free hand to guide your dog into the sitting position

  • • Press and hold the stimulation button

  • • Immediately give the “SIT” command

  • • Continue holding the button

  • • Release the stimulation button as soon as your dog is in the sitting position

  • • Praise your dog

  • • Allow your dog to move from the sitting position

  • • Play for a few moments

  • • Repeat the process until your pet understands the command

The Come Command

Dog responding to a come command with the help of a remote dog training collar

Recalling your dog wherever you are can be an important safety measure. 

This is how you teach your dog to “come” when called using a remote dog training collar:

  • • Keep the remote training collar on your dog

  • • Hold the leash and the Dog Remote Trainer on one hand

  • • Wait for your dog to walk away

  • • Press the stimulation level on your remote - using your dog’s recognition level

  • • Immediately give the command “COME”

  • • Hold the stimulation button

  • • Use the leash to gently guide your dog towards you

  • • Release the stimulation button as soon as your dog steps towards you

  • • Praise your dog verbally or with food treats

The Stay Command

Dog responding to the "stay" command with the help of remote dog trainer

Oftentimes, when visitors come to your house, you want your dog to stay at a spot. 

Achieve this by using a training collar and teach your dog to “STAY”: 

  • • Put your dog on his designated spot

  • • Walk within the perimeter of the spot but stay within 3 feet

  • • Don’t say anything unless your dog tries to leave

  • • When he tries to leave, press the stimulation button

  • • Immediately give the “STAY” command

  • • Hold the button until your dog is back at his spot

  • • After he’s settled for a few moments, allow him to move

  • • Praise your dog or give him treats

The Heel Command

Dog being trained for the "heel" command with the help of electric dog training collarGood leash behaviour is important on walks and so is keeping your dog close to you off-leash. 

Teach your dog to “heel” with an Electric Dog Training Collar. 

Here’s how:

  • • Shorten the leash so your dog can walk right beside you

  • • Slowly release the leash

  • • If your dog moves away, press the stimulation button

  • • Immediately give the command “HEEL”

  • • Use the leash to gently pull your dog back to make him understand where you want him

  • • When your dog returns to your side, release the stimulation button

  • • Praise your dog or give him food treats

As soon as your dog masters these basic commands, it will be easier for you to reinforce positive behaviours. 

Now, unpleasant behaviours such as jumping on people, digging in your garden beds, chasing people and cars and excessive barking can also be corrected by using remote dog trainers.

Jumping on People

Jumping can be an annoying behaviour and it can make other people nervous. Dogs typically jump to get attention and this is not a behaviour you want to encourage. Control your dog’s jumping drama with a Remote Trainer:

  • • Let your dog sit before he can have any attention

  • • Choose a stimulation level that is one step higher than your dog’s recognition level

  • • As soon as your dog starts jumping on someone, press the stimulation button

  • • Give the command “SIT”

  • • Immediately release the stimulation button once your dog sits down

  • • Praise your dog

  • • Practice the exercise on several locations and use different people as distraction

Quick Tip: If your dog ignores the stimulation, repeat the “SIT” command several times before increasing the stimulation by one.

Digging up Garden Beds

Now, your dog digging up your garden beds can waste hours of hard work and the money you spent on your garden. Dogs mostly dig to get a cool and shaded area to lie down, sometimes it is out of boredom but mostly... it is just in their nature. 

If you can provide a cool and shaded area for your dog to lie down and plenty of exercises, you may control this digging behaviour.

However, there are really headstrong dogs... and using an electric dog training collar may solve this problem. Here’s how you can control your dog’s digging behaviour using the a Dog Remote Trainer:

  • • Choose a stimulation level one step higher than your dog’s recognition level

  • • Give your dog a few minutes wearing the receiver collar in the house

  • • Let your dog out to the yard

  • • No other people or pet should be in the area so your dog does not associate the stimulation with them

  • • Stay on a spot where your dog cannot see you

  • • Wait for your dog to dig

  • • As soon as your dog digs, press the stimulation level

  • • Release the stimulation button as soon as your dog stops digging

  • • Wait for a few moments because your dog may start digging in a different spot

  • • If your dog ignores the stimulation, increase the level by one

Quick Tip: ONLY press the button while your dog is in the act of digging and do not say anything.

EXTRA QUICK TIP: If you need to leave your dog in the yard and you can’t just always be there to press the stimulation button on your remote, an Electric Dog Fence is perfect to protect your garden beds AND keep your dog safely contained in the yard.

Chasing Cars and People

Keeping your dog safe can be worrisome for you especially if your dog likes to chase cars when you are on walks. Dogs LOVE to chase, don’t they? Yes… it’s in their nature. 

Remote Dog Training will help you in correcting this dangerous chasing behaviour. 

Here’s how: Small dog on a chase - needs to be trained for recall using a remote trainer

  • • Make sure your dog understands and masters the “COME” command

  • • Choose a stimulation level one step higher than your dog’s recognition level

  • • Set up a scenario where your dog is likely to chase something:

    • - A friend riding a bicycle on the side walk

    • - A friend riding a car

    • - A friend going for a jog or a run

  • • Make sure to hold the leash with a firm grip

  • • As soon as your dog starts to chase, give the “COME” command

  • • Press and hold the stimulation button until your dog stops chasing

  • • Once your dog starts coming back to you, slowly walk backwards - give the “COME” command

  • • Praise your dog or give some food treats as soon as he returns to you

Quick Tip: If your dog is mostly in the yard and your traditional fence is costing you money without effectively containing your dog, you may need an Electric Dog Fence - no need for an actual fence. 

Just like your dog remote trainer with the "invisible leash", you can imagine an "invisible fence" that safely contains your dog and effectively protects your garden beds.

Excessive Barking (Quiet Command)

Oftentimes we need our dogs to be quiet and excessive barking can be a real problem. Why does your dog excessively bark? There a few reasons:

But when it comes to nuisance barking, you can also use a Remote Training Collar to solve it.

Here’s how:

  • • Choose a stimulation level one step higher than your dog’s recognition level

  • • Once your dog excessively barks, press the stimulation button

  • • Give the command “QUIET”

  • • If your pet does not respond, increase the stimulation level one step higher

  • • Praise your dog once he is quiet

Quick Tip: If you have a headstrong dog that you have to leave in the yard, who causes nuisance to the neighbours because of his unnecessary barking… and you’re not there to distract him with your remote trainer, a Bark Collar will help you best.

Now that you know how to train your dog with a Remote Dog Training Collar… 

Make sure to choose high quality Dog Training Collars that are checked and cleared for use in the market of Australia.

If you have more questions or concerns about Electric Dog Training Collars, give us a call on our 7-Day Hotline at 1 300 (THE DOG), 1 300 843 364. Please do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

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