Remote Collar Dog Training workshop in Texas

If you are interested in learning more about remote collar dog training come join us for a two day workshop. Robin MacFarlane will be coming to Texas in May 2013.

The workshop is being hosted by On The Ball K9 Training in Denton, Texas so please contact for all the details. Get signed up soon if you want a working spot. Bring your dog, their favorite toy and treats, your e-collar, a lawn chair and an attitude ready to have some fun learning new things with your dog!

We are expecting a nice turn out of both dog owners and other professional dog trainers so it should make for an excellent and information filled weekend.

Unlike many training workshops…we do not pre screen dogs so you can feel free to attend whether you have a shy dog, a wild and crazy young one or one you feel a little lost in dealing with some behavior issues. We’ll do our best to help you and make sure you go away knowing more about your dog and how to use an e-collar successfully to enhance your relationship even further.

For more info or to register: or 940-765-3597

Hope to see you in Texas!

Happy New Year!

Time to toss the old calendar and get ready to ring in a whole new year. The earth kept rotating and somehow we’ve made it through 2012 despite the predictions of impending doom.

Here at The Truth About Shock Collars we’ve continued on as well and it has been a good year. Let’s peak back at a few of the highlights: Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

How do you use a remote collar for training a dog?

That is a question a lot of people ask, including other Dog Trainers. Using the tool effectively, at a low level to gain and retain a dogs attention is not something everyone intuitively understands, which is why there is such a need for education.

Here at That’s My Dog! one of my responsibilities is to oversee our Professional Trainers remote collar course. The final session for the year started this week and it is always fun to meet new friends from around the globe who are curious to learn more about the varied applications of electronic collars.

Typically our class profile is comprised of both experienced and novice trainers and this group is no different. We are even pleased to have a graduate of Karen Pryor’s clicker training academy joining us. The diversity makes for good conversation and gives us reason to challenge each others thoughts and opinions to expand our skills even further.

shock collar dog training

This week we are working on the basics: how to figure out the Just Right level, how to assist the dog in understanding what the stimulation means and have control over it through various obedience skills such as coming when called, staying in one place or walking nicely on a loose leash. We’re also covering the wide variety of ways to keep both the dogs and their owners motivated and engaged in the dog training process.

On Wednesday there was even a nice outing to the park that helped sum up exactly what the primary goal of remote collar training is: giving dog owners a high level of reliability in real world environments so they can confidently do more with their dogs. We went for a walk, helped the dogs learn good manners in public and then shared lunch together. The dogs had a great time and I think the humans enjoyed it just as much!

While there has always been a wide variety of people attracted to this program, the overall theme seems to be that it draws individuals who have open minds and a willingness to explore new things. In my opinion that is the biggest key to success for a trainer who wishes to help all sorts of people and their dogs. As the years of teaching the TMD E-cademy have gone by, I’m pleased to have played at least a small part in the experience of so many trainers. Many who have gone on to build extraordinary businesses, become articulate writers and educators or some who have started non-profit programs that are filling a void. Collectively they’ve train tens of thousands of dogs and made an impact on the lives of many who needed help to develop a better relationship with their dog.

remote collar dog training

So far it’s been a great week and we’re looking forward to more in the coming days.

Remote Collar Dog Training: Six Things That You Need to Know

Tips for Remote Collar Dog Training

I spend a lot of time on this blog sharing success stories from people who have used remote collar dog training as part of a balanced training program to rehabilitate their dog. I also spend a fair amount of time expressing my opinions on training in general and talking about what to do if you are thinking about purchasing a remote collar to add to your dog’s training tools.

What I try not to do is give you a bunch of absolutes as in Never This or Always That.

I believe things are rarely black and white decisions. Most situations have various shades of gray involved that need to be considered.

I am going to break my own rules today and give you the list of absolutes in regard to remote collar dog training, so here we go:

1. Never purchase a remote collar just because you are frustrated with your dog’s behavior and you want to “show him/her once and for all!”
Do your homework and purchase a remote collar when you are ready to invest the time to teach your dog the alternative good behaviors that you expect)

2. Always start your remote collar conditioning training in an area with limited distractions. This allows you to use the lowest possible setting to get your dog’s attention and to TEACH your dog how to have control over the sensation. AFTER you’ve done some thorough conditioning THEN you can begin to expose your dog to the situations and triggers you’ve been struggling with.

3. Never start your remote collar training off leash. That is setting you and your dog up for failure. A leash or drag line allows you to assist the dog in being successful with the requested task. You should also be incorporating treats, toys, play and praise as part of the training. The “Help” part of the early training is crucial to a positive outcome of having a dog who fully understands what is being asked and will respond enthusiastically.

4. Always be in the right frame of mind when you are working with your dog. If your attitude is frustration, uncertainty or anger, it will travel down the leash. If you are uncertain about how to use a remote collar, GET EDUCATED. You wouldn’t buy all the right tools to work on your car’s engine without having the knowledge to know what you’re doing would you? When you are training you are working on your dog’s mind. Learn how it works and how to teach your dog to respond to your expectations. Then practice what you’ve learned with patience and a good attitude.

5. Never expect your dog to “know” what the stimulation means when you first start training. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done years of previous training or not, the first time you put a remote collar on your dog is still the first time your dog has any experience with it. You have to start at the beginning and TEACH the dog how to respond to it. Having the expectation that “my dog knows” is like expecting someone to be able to read French just because they know Spanish and Mandarin. The is a new tool and a new way of communicating and it needs to be taught like anything else.

6. Always get professional help if possible. And this is especially true if you experience ANY problems in the training process. I realize there is a segment of the population that are “do-it-yourself” types, and even though I have 2 training dvd’s available to help guide people, I still feel strongly that you will get more out of the process if you have an experienced e-collar specialist give you some guidance. An experienced eye will just see some of the nuances that you might miss. Here is a list of some of my friends who can help.

For the record, I feel that way about any type of training, regardless of the tool.

There you have my list of Never and Always. I am hoping some of my trainer friends will chime in if I’ve forgotten anything. The main goal is to get us out of the dark ages of remote collar dog training and continue to move us into the age of remote communication with our canine companions.

Who says a 72 year old can’t manage a 90 pound dog? (or a case for remote training collars)

The following words are from a client of The Dog Squad, a dog training company in Oakland, CA that utilizes the remote training collar as one of their training tools. It is fairly brief testimonial but apparently the client was very pleased with the outcome!

There were two things that struck me when I read the words below: the age of the client   and the size of the dog. Continue reading “Who says a 72 year old can’t manage a 90 pound dog? (or a case for remote training collars)”

Remote Collar Dog Training Workshop in Columbus great success

Remote collar dog training workshop

Congratulations go out to another great group of pet owners and professional dog trainers who took the time to learn more about the possibilities of remote collar dog training. We had a wonderful weekend together and all the dogs were delightful!

Continue reading “Remote Collar Dog Training Workshop in Columbus great success”

Professional Dog Trainers seek more info on Remote Collar Training

remote collar dog training schoolIt is a busy week here at the training center. Four times a year I teach our E-cademy program and this is one of the those times.

The E-cademy was created to Continue reading “Professional Dog Trainers seek more info on Remote Collar Training”

What Is the Word on Shock Collar Safety for Dogs?

Shock Collar Safety for Dogs

The question of shock collar safety for dogs is a topic that comes up frequently. Just last month I was in Cleveland, OH working with Bill Wittrock of Obedient Dogs and More.

Our group was composed primarily of professional dog trainers but there was a pet dog owner in the crowd that peaked my interest considerably when he shared a personal story during our opening discussion.

Joe Golob is a surgeon who also happens to own a Newfoundland pup named Barkley.  He had been doing some training with Barkley using an electronic training collar and wanted to learn more.

In the spirit of science and compassion, Dr. Golob decided to do some experimenting to make sure he was doing his dog no harm in using a remote collar to train her.  I asked Joe if he would mind sharing his findings with all of you.

I think his passion for exploration of shock collar safety for dogs and personal discovery of some truths is pretty cool. I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did.

E-Collars and Cardiac Arrhythmias?

As a new person to the world of canine e-collar training, I came across many web pages which described the horrors of the “shock collar”. One myth that I found particularly intriguing was the electricity generated from an e-collar can cause cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) and even asystole (sudden cardiac death). In the spirit of one of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, Mythbusters, I decided to put this myth to the test.

I am a surgeon, so one night when on call, I stopped by my surgical intensive care unit and connected myself to a continuous EKG machine. I then placed my Dogtra 1900 NCP on my neck, my leg, and my chest. I used both the nick and continuous button with low, medium, and high levels of stimulation while watching and recording my EKG. As I suspected, no arrhythmias and obviously no asystole since I am still alive to tell my story.

So this myth is clearly ‘BUSTED’. There wasn’t even enough current generated to cause interference with EKG reading. I feel with proper instruction, e-collars are a very safe and humane way to train dogs. I continue to use my Dogtra collar. I love my dog and she loves me! I have no doubt I have the best behaved dog in my neighborhood thanks to my e-collar training!

Joseph F. Golob Jr., MD

MetroHealth Medical Center

Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma Critical Care