Another Convert to E-Collars
For a long time, I did not trust E-Collars.
I always thought that they were harmful to dogs and did nothing but scare the dog into submission. Granted, I did not know anything about E-Collars, how they worked, or how to use them in training, but I didn’t care and I didn’t want to know.
I was set on the assumption that they were bad. I know there are a lot of people out there like me who share the same thoughts I once had, and who have the same inexperience with E-Collars as well. When I started my job here at Adams K-9, I was desperate for a job and did not know that they used E-Collars to train. But, I accepted the fact that I would have to work around E-Collars.
Training with Randy and learning about E-Collars changed what I thought about them, to where I even bought one for my own dog so we could go through his training.
A little background history about me – I used to train dogs to hunt before I started working here at Adams K-9. I would mainly work with retrievers, such as goldens and labs, to flush pheasant and to retrieve ducks and geese.
A lot of the time, these dogs had no basic obedience, which is a crucial part of training a hunting dog. Your dog has to have a spot on recall in order to send it out in the field and trust that it will come back with your game. Your dog has to sit and wait at your side or on their place board so when you shoot your gun, they are in the safest position possible.
Looking back now, I’m realizing just how beneficial E-Collars can be when used in the hunting world. My black lab Rooster has a wicked nose so if he’s on the trail of something, it is so difficult to call his mind back to you. Especially when he’s at a distance away and I cannot easily grab him. Using an E-Collar, I’m able to have control of my dog at any distance at any time.
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