Unfortunately, there is some misinformation and misperception in regards to the electronic dog collar. These myths have fooled people in regards to effects of these collars on dogs, must of this can be traced back to older models from 20+ years ago. Thankfully, a lot more research, knowledge, and understanding is starting to come to the fore to inform people of the best practices in the use of these products, care of their pets and a more rounded understanding of the facts as to workings and benefits found with these collar.
Numerous independent studies have been completed in regards to the dog training collars. One research paper found that the use of an electronic dog collar to stop dog barking was no more cruel that taking your dog for its regular Check Up at the vet. For more information regarding this research paper, it is titled, Tuskegee University Study Finds No Lingering Adverse Effects of Bark Collars.
The report was produced in 2004 on the basis of scientific research findings that were carried out at Tuskegee University. The purpose of this paper was to provide a better understanding in regards to static training collars for dogs, as well as displace many of the common myths and misconceptions. On a side note, many of these misconceptions are promoted by people who have not used on investigated current technology employed in the use of these collars. For example, an electric fence (even those made with dogs in mind) have a higher output than these collars do.
An Australian research paper by Dr Jacqueline Perkins BVSc (hons), MACVSc (animal behaviour) BA Veterinary Behaviour Consultant, simply titled Static Pulse Collars: Some Facts, History and Perspective, A response to criticism of the use of static pulse collars in Australia published in Control and Therapy Dec 2005 Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science University of Sydney. This research paper provides a greater understanding of electronic dog collars and their place in Australia. A very concise and well constructed paper.
The above reports will also provide answers to many of the common questions, like:
Will this hurt my dog?
Does it work?
How strong is it?
What can they be used for?
Are there any ongoing effects?
Introducing a Dog Training Collar
It is important that your dog is in good health and temperament when looking to use any electronic dog collar. These type of collars are not intended for use on any dog under 6 months of age.
It is recommended that these collars only be worn for 8 to 10 hours per day (12 hours per day is considered the absolute maximum time allowed). If the dog were to wear the collar beyond this timeframe, it can rub and irritate the skin. This can result in a condition similar to bedsores known as pressure necrosis. Due to this, instruction manuals will contain a warning similar to the one below;
Leaving the contact points on the same spot for an extended period of time can cause skin irritation. If the dog is to wear the e-collar for long periods, occasionally reposition the collar so that the contact points are moved to a different spot on the dog's neck.
In fact, we recommend that at least once a week you use a damp cloth to wipe the dog's neckl area and wipe over the probes to help prevent any skin irritation from occurring.
Correct Dog Training Collar Use
Dogtra electronic dog collars are designed only for use to assist in behaviour modification of dogs. They are not to be used with humans or on other animals. Dogtra and Dogmaster Trainers do not assume any liability for improper use of the Dogtra e-collar.
It is not recommended to use a dog training collar to correct dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs or people. In many such cases the dog will associate the stimulation with the other dog or individual and become even more aggressive. We recommend using the services of a dog training specialist to treat dog aggression.
Interference with other electronic devices
The industry leading technology included with Dogtra products utilizes a filtering component to make certain any interference emitted from other electronic devices is negligible. This includes mobile phones, security systems and more. Thanks to the digital microprocessor, thousands of distinctive codes are offered to prevent frequency match-up with other Dogtra e-collars.
On the remote trainers, if the constant button is pressed for a time in excess of 12 seconds, the unit will automatically shut down. This is to prevent over-stimulation. Once the button is released the dog training collar will reactivate.