Monday, March 23, 2009

Using Dog Training Collars to Train More Than One Dog

Many dog trainers are used to training more than one dog at a time. If you are training dogs for a living or if you have more than one dog to train, you can use a dog training collar that will allow you to train up to three dogs at a time. This can save you a lot of time and get all of the dogs working together in harmony.

The purpose of the dog training collar is to get dogs trained as quickly as possible in the most humane way. Dogs have a short attention span and a short memory as well. You cannot yell at a dog for something that he did 10 minutes ago as he will have no idea why you are upset.

Up until a few years ago, there weren’t too many ways to communicate with dogs. Dog whistles were considered to be the most effective tool to use when training dogs, especially multiple dogs. It was confusing at first, however, for the dogs, as they were inclined to react on all the whistle calls. Gradually, they began to learn that a certain whistle call was for them. It took some time for them to actually understand this process.

Shock collars, years ago, were effective, but were considered to be inhumane. They delivered an electric pulse to the dog which could not be varied. Many dog trainers did not like using them, especially since they did not differentiate between a minor infraction and something major. However, in recent years, electronic dog collars have made tremendous strides. No longer are they referred to as “shock collars” as they deliver a wide range of stimulation that is meant to correct and not punish the dog.

Some electronic collars can train up to three dogs at a time. They work by transmission signals. You hold the transmitter in your hand and the three dogs each wear a collar that has a different signal. Many dog trainers will tie bandanas over the collars or mark them in some way so that they do not get mixed up when they are training more than one dog in this manner. The trainer can then use the transmitter to send stimulation to the dog that does something that warrants a correction right when he does it. In this way, you are correcting the dog the minute that he makes an error, so that he understands. And because the levels can be adjusted when it comes to the electronic stimulation, you are giving the dog only a bit of a nudge that he needs to stop bad behavior in his tracks.

When you are training three dogs at one time, the electronic collar is the best way to go. You should still use a whistle so that the dog associates the pitch with the instruction, but by using the electronic dog collar, you are allowing him to make the association a lot quicker.

Electronic dog collars are the most effective way to train more than one dog at a time and work to the advantage of both the dogs as well as the trainer.

Geoffrey A. English is the Founder of, the internet's premiere online magazine dedicated to bird dogs. Their site has a great variety of dog training collars, inlcuding brands such as Dogtra and SportDOG.

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