The Best Dog Training Collars Buyer's Guide w/ Ratings & Reviews
As discussed and , if you choose to use electronic training collars for dogs, then make sure that these devices are of the highest quality.
Multi-functional e-collars are an electronic training collar that delivers positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. They are preferable to one that only shocks the dog. This type of electronic collar delivers beeping tones that can be used for positive reinforcement, vibrations that get the dog’s attention and static shock for corrections.
Interestingly, the results did show that 7 dogs out of 32 (22%) showed no signs of fear or pain while actually receiving the electronic collar shock which indicates that some dogs bred for high drive and to withstand the demands of the coercive-type training appear to have no pain or fear of the shock. The study does not indicate whether these 7 dogs failed to show fear and anxiety in the other test situations though.
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This study investigated the welfare consequences of training dogs in the field with manually operated electronic devices (e-collars). Following a preliminary study on 9 dogs, 63 pet dogs referred for recall related problems were assigned to one of three Groups: Treatment Group A were trained by industry approved trainers using e-collars; Control Group B trained by the same trainers but without use of e-collars; and Group C trained by members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK again without e-collar stimulation (n = 21 for each Group). Dogs received two 15 minute training sessions per day for 4–5 days. Training sessions were recorded on video for behavioural analysis. Saliva and urine were collected to assay for cortisol over the training period. During preliminary studies there were negative changes in dogs' behaviour on application of electric stimuli, and elevated cortisol post-stimulation. These dogs had generally experienced high intensity stimuli without pre-warning cues during training. In contrast, in the subsequent larger, controlled study, trainers used lower settings with a pre-warning function and behavioural responses were less marked. Nevertheless, Group A dogs spent significantly more time tense, yawned more often and engaged in less environmental interaction than Group C dogs. There was no difference in urinary corticosteroids between Groups. Salivary cortisol in Group A dogs was not significantly different from that in Group B or Group C, though Group C dogs showed higher measures than Group B throughout sampling. Following training 92% of owners reported improvements in their dog's referred behaviour, and there was no significant difference in reported efficacy across Groups. Owners of dogs trained using e-collars were less confident of applying the training approach demonstrated. These findings suggest that there is no consistent benefit to be gained from e-collar training but greater welfare concerns compared with positive reward based training.The technical features of manually operated e-collar systems has recently been described by Lines et al , but broadly speaking they consist of a collar mounted device capable of delivering a short electric stimulus to the neck of a dog via two protruding blunt electrodes. The device is controlled by a hand set, which typically provides a number of settings governing the intensity and duration of stimulus. Most modern devices also allow handler-operated pre-warning cues such as an auditory or vibration signal to precede the electric stimulus. These in combination with other cues, such as verbal commands, offer the potential for avoidance learning by dogs which potentially allows the handler to train more desirable behaviour in a given situation.