Off-leash recall is something most dog owners want to accomplish, but getting your dog to reliably come back when called is a hard task. It can be very dangerous if your dog doesn’t listen to you off-leash. Modern remote training collars are taking the dog training industry by storm, and today, you will learn how to introduce the remote training collar to your dog.
What You Need
Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar
15, 20 or 30 foot long lead
How to Introduce the Remote E-Collar
You want to start by associating a low-level stimulation with the command. Give the low-level remote collar stimulation with the command to come, and then when the dog comes, shut it off. It’s a classic form of escape training. This is not a correction, it is not a punishment, it does not hurt the dog. All the low-level stimulation does is get his attention from a distance without having to physically touch him.
You also want to make it fun by using lots of praise, “good dog”, as well as physical praise, such as petting and treats. Eventually, you should be able to increase the distance, even getting the dog to come when you are not in their line of sight.
One important note, in the beginning do not to try and do this from a “sit/stay” position. You want the dog to be mobile – walking around, sniffing, investigating, doing his thing.
Where to Place the Remote Collar on the dog
The e-collar should be nice and snug, right against the dog’s skin. The receiver should be on either side of the neck. Not on the spine or the throat.
When to Use the Low-Level Stimulation
The short answer is at the exact same time that you give the dog a command, in this case, the recall command, “Here”. Hold the continuous button, and say the command at the same time. You release the button just when the dog gets to you.
When to Use the Remote
The short answer is at the exact same time that you ask your dog to do something, in this case, to come. Hold the Nick button down, as you say the command. Release the Nick button just as the dog gets to you.
On the Dogtra 280C (TD Edition) transmitter there is a button that is both: a Nick and a Continuous Nick button. A Nick means that when you tap the Nick button you are just giving the dog a single ¼ second pulse. Whereas, if you hold the Nick button down it will continue to send continuous pressure in a series of Nicks until you release it.
Once you’ve been doing this for a few days, and you’ve properly introduced the remote training collar, and both you and your dog are comfortable with it, you can progress to using a single Nick, instead of holding down the Nick button to achieve a continuous stream of Nicks. In fact, some dogs after several repetitions respond better to a single Nick rather than the continuous stream of Nicks when the Nick button is held down.
Either way, you want to do a quick 10-minute training session – repeating the recall command and using Nick or Continuous Nick 3 or 4 times per session. You should to do this 2-3 times per day for two weeks.
More Remote E-Collar Training
Remote Training Collars can be really overwhelming for dog owners, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there, which is why I put together this training article. If you still have questions, I highly recommend calling Euro Pros K-9 Center at 941-444-6605 and speaking to one of our Remote Training Collar professionals.
Linda M. Werlein
Euro Pros K-9 Center
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