Collars are uncomfortable for dogs
Alleged areas of application of training collars
In the following we will look at the supposed areas of application of training collars and give tips on how you can raise your four-legged friend with dog-friendly alternatives. You shouldn't leave the training to an aid, but rather real teamwork between you and your dog.
Bark control collar
Barking is part of communication for dogs - some more, some less. Guard dogs and so-called “noisy” hunters have barking in their blood. Other dogs bark because they are scared or underutilized.
By barking, four-legged friends express their moods and needs or go about their job. Some indicate by barking, yowling, or growling that they are not doing well.
In no case does it make sense to punish vocalizations with a training collar for dogs. If the dog is afraid, we increase his fear. Maybe he'll stop barking to escape the unpleasant stimulus. Inwardly, however, he will be rigid with fear.
This is not only cruel towards the four-legged friend, but can also lead to further behavioral problems. The situation is similar with barking out of boredom or with dogs that are traditionally barking.
In this magazine article you will find many tips about anti-barking training suitable for dogs: How can I stop my dog from barking?
Your four-legged friend barks and howls when he's alone? Practice staying alone together.
Remote trainer: punishment at the push of a button
Collars that can be triggered via remote control with punitive impulses are unfortunately still in traffic in Germany. They are used, for example, in hunting dog training to drive out dogs with an increased hunting instinct.
Some dog trainers also use such training collars for dogs to correct undesirable behavior. This only makes sense in absolute exceptional cases, which should then be reserved for a professional and responsible dog trainer.
Remote trainers are not suitable for the normal dog owner and the absolute majority of communication problems between two- and four-legged friends. Because they only fight the symptom, not the cause.
Step-by-step training is better and more effective in the long term. Find out more about anti-hunting training, for example.
The invisible dog fence
The invisible dog fence is secured by a light wire. The dog wears a training collar that is attached to it. If the dog crosses the line that is not visible to him, he receives a penalty impulse. A punishment out of the blue makes you insecure and fearful.
The invisible dog fence also harbors a major safety shortcoming: Once the dog has crossed the border, for example to flee the pain stimulus, it is more difficult for him to come back. Devices such as the invisible dog fence are therefore prohibited for many good reasons! Safe fence systems provide a remedy.
Choker and Co.
Finally, when we talk about training collars for dogs, let's take a look at the collars that have been used in dog training for a long time: choke and spiked collars. Behind the sonorous name “coral collars” there are also spiked collars with inwardly directed spikes.
With these questionable aids, the owner can punish the dog for pulling on the leash or for barking. Usually the effect wears off after a short time - the dog gets used to the pain and does not relate its behavior to the pain stimulus. Appropriate dog training looks different.
A dog-friendly tool for leash training are, for example, “Haltis” such as the Halti No Pull training harness. The correct application is best practiced with a dog trainer.
You can find more tips about easy leash walking in this article in Zooplus magazine: Training adult dogs to be on leash.
By the way: Spiked collars make sense for herd guard dogs. But here the spines are directed outwards and serve as protection against wolf bites.
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