Training with handheld remote trainer can be an important step in going from the leash to no leash with confidence. It’s more fun for you and your dog if you can run through the fields and woods without being encumbered by a leash. With any training, it’s important to be sure your dog feels sure of your ability to handle any situation. When he has this confidence in you he respects you and he feels safe and secure when with you. Once you are absolutely sure your dog knows what action you want when you give him a hand signal or command, you can begin training with handheld remote trainer.
Here are preliminary, on leash, steps:
- Do enough on leash repetitions of a command so that your dog has either been praised for doing it properly, or effectively corrected when he has made a mistake
- Have clear “no” command that ONLY has one meaning and that meaning is “you are making a mistake”
- Learn the effective correction for your dog on leash. When finding the effective physical correction for an individual dog it’s important to understand what his mother taught him when he was a pup. She ignored, growled, snapped the air at him, then nipped him on the neck. Her response was completed within 3 seconds. She elevated her physical correction according to what the pup needed. At the level the pup stopped an unwanted behavior, the mother immediately stopped all physical correction. For example, if you have a timid or shy dog, your tone of voice may be enough of a correction to make him stop a behavior that you are unhappy with. For a more strong-willed, determined dog, you may have to nip him on the neck using your leash and training collar. Once you find the level of physical correction you need for your dog, use that level of effective correction consistently. When using a remote trainer you will find the tone, vibration, or stimulation level that works effectively for your dog. It’s important to note that you are not trying to hurt your dog; you are trying to use the lowest level of correction to help him understand that you mean business because it keeps you and it keeps your dog safe!
Now you are ready for training with handheld remote trainer remote trainer:
- Fit the remote collar high up on the dog’s neck making sure the box stays between his lower jaw bones. Be sure too that it’s not too tight that it makes the dog lick incessantly. Refer to the instructions that came with your unit.
- Fit his flat nylon collar with his id tags on right next to the remote collar a bit lower on his neck.
- Fit the training collar he is accustomed to and understands as a correction just below the id collar on his neck.
- After you have proper fit of all the collars, remove the remote collar and turn it on. Then put it back high on his neck, again checking to be sure it fits properly.
- Attach the leash you have been using to the familiar training collar but be sure to keep itthe leash loose. The dog is learning about the remote collar so you DO NOT want him to feel the leash until you need it to HELP him comply with a command.
- Give your dog a command that you are sure he knows the meaning of, “sit stay” for example. Have him sit stay for a long enough period of time that he will get up on his own. As he starts to break the sit stay command, say the word “no” as you press the vibration button on the remote trainer. Then immediately use your effective leash correction as you have always done, to guide the dog into the proper sit stay position and praise him when he is sitting. Repeat the command to stay, and dial your hand-held unit to electric level one. If he gets up again, press the electric stimulation button being ready to immediately use your leash to help him into the sit stay position. Praise when she is sitting and repeat the stay command. He will more than likely be confused because the vibration and electric stimulation are unfamiliar. But by using your leash immediately to HELP him comply with the command, after enough repetitions he will understand that if he complies with a command on the vibration, he will avoid the electric stimulation and if he complies on your verbal command he will avoid the vibration.
- Note that the tone button was not yet mentioned. I reserve the tone button to mean “check in with me”. When I begin remote training, I press the tone button and when my dog looks in my direction I praise him and give him a treat. I do this in many different locations with different levels of distraction making sure I ALWAYS help him look at me to get his treat when he hears that tone. This becomes a huge help when he is eventually off lead running through the woods and I can’t see him. I want to be able to give him that tone and have him think he should find me to get his treat (or toy) and find out what fun command we are going to use next. The tone becomes his additional signal to come when called. Make this a GAME. Coming to you MUST ALWAYS BE FUN. If even one time you do something to your dog when he comes to you that he finds unpleasant (like ear drops, making him swallow medications, a bath or other grooming that he doesn’t like) he will NOT come to you when you call him. Please don’t make that mistake in your training. It could be the difference between life and death one day.
- After enough repetitions in different locations and levels of distraction using the 6 ft training leash, you’ll see your dog complying with the command “come” on your verbal command or just the vibration. Now it’s time to use a long line. I use 30-100 ft long lines depending on how far away from me I feel would be safe for that particular dog. Generally, I use 30 feet in a wooded situation, 100 feet in a field. You will need to determine your comfort distance. With the dog wearing all three collars as described in the preliminary steps, attach the long line to the training collar. With the long line handle in your hand but dragging on the ground so he doesn’t feel it, and before your dog gets to the end of the long line, call him to you. If he doesn’t come to you, press the tone button and repeat the command “come”. If he still doesn’t come, press the vibration at the same time you say “no” and tug on the leash giving him the familiar collar correction. As you reel him in, dial up the collar to the level of stimulation that is effective (but doesn’t make him cry). And when he is in easy reach, praise him and tell him “done”. Let him go away from you. Then call him again. Repeat the above sequence if he doesn’t come. Keep repeating the sequence until he comes to you without the tug of the long line. Then give him a jackpot of treats, play with him, pet, him praise him profusely. Then go for the rest of your walk. The lesson is over. Your dog will quickly learn that if he checks in with you right away when you call him, he will avoid the repetitions and corrections and get back to the fun stuff!!
- When you feel confident that your dog will do his commands for you because he is wearing the remote collar, you can eliminate the long line. I do however, carry a leash of some kind in my pocket so that if I come across a place that I should have my dog on lead, I have one with me.
Once a remote trainer is understood by a dog you can use it to teach him the boundaries of your yard. I have found that training with handheld remote trainer before installing an invisible fence allows me to have my dog off lead when out of the yard and off leash inside the yard. To see a review on handheld training devices, visit https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/rf-buying-guides/best-ultrasonic-dog-repellers-reviews.
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