The UK is an area known for legislative upheaval in the dog training world, particularly in regard to electronic dog training equipment. The following testimonial is from a dog owner who used a remote collar after exhausting a myriad of other training advice and now has peace of mind that he can control his Border Collie’s dangerous habit of chasing cars.
The e-mail was forwarded to me by the vendor who received the note of thanks. I am very glad the e-collar assisted the owner in solving the chasing problem. While it may not be the e-collar conditioning protocol I would have recommended for this case, it does point out there is a time and place where it is appropriate to let a dog know that some behaviors are not safe or acceptable.
Just to let you know I am delighted with my purchase from British Dog. I purchased the Petsafe 350m training collar after talking to you and taking your recommendation.
Things had become so bad with my 18 month old border collie chasing vehicles that her life was in danger. The final straw came when she bolted and ran out behind the wheels of a reversing dust cart. I had tried absolutely everything with positive reinforcement, clicker training, taking her favourite toy with us on walks, distracting her with fresh chicken, dog treats etc. Nothing had worked – Once she saw a vehicle she took a dislike to, the ‘red mist’ descended in front of her eyes and she was off !
I hated the idea of putting an ‘electric collar’ on my dog but you assured my that they were safe, humane and so many people had been in my position and I knew that if I didn’t take this step now she would be seriously injured or killed.
Within minutes of putting the collar on I couldn’t believe the change in behavior. I took her over the field where she invariably spotted a car or truck to go after and sure enough within a few minutes a DHL van appeared and Ruby was ‘locked on target’. As soon as her body language changed and I knew she was about to bolt I pressed the button on the remote. I only needed level one and she came straight back to me and sat by my legs. I was quite literally gob smacked !
I have had the collar now for several weeks and Ruby is a changed dog as far as behavior goes. Her recall is now faultless NO MATTER WHAT the distraction and to be honest I only occasionally need to use the beep on the collar for her to respond.
Thank you so much for recommending the product and quite literally saving my dogs life.
Pease feel free to use all or part of this email in any of your testimonials on your site, I cant thank you enough.
Mark Jacobs (& Ruby)