What is an e-collar and how does it work?

An “e-collar” is a collar with a stimulation mechanism. The collar is controlled by a remote the handler holds. The remote allows you, the handler, to maintain full control of your dog for up to 1200 yards! It is not used as a punishment or a “shock” as many people assume, it is simply used as a training device for communicating with your dog. It produces a subtle electrical current between two contact points located on the collar. In the past, this type of collar was used as “shock collar” and many inexperienced dog owners tried to use this device to scare their dog into submission. In the proven training method we teach, your dog is never “shocked into submission” or abused. Unlike a shocking device, the e-collar is used to get the dog’s attention and keep it focused on listening to the handler. It is the equivalent of someone tapping your shoulder to get your attention, or setting your phone on vibrate so it will get your attention when someone is calling you. We teach the dog to listen to those “taps” and that the “taps” mean, “I am trying to get your attention.”

The Las Vegas Police Department K9 Unit switched to using e-collars on their service dogs about two years ago. After the switch, they took ‘top dog’ and ‘top agency’ at the Western States Canine Trials. Their K9’s response to commands is faster, sharper, and instant because the dogs know exactly what is expected of them when given the commands. During the trials, the dogs are not allowed to wear the e-collars.

There is a reason that the top law enforcement agencies, military, and top federal agencies are using e-collars for patrol, detection, and search and rescue. These collars do not harm K9s and enhance training quickly and effectively.

Will the e-collar hurt my dog?

No. During our first meeting we will put the e-collar on your hand and you will feel the mild stimulation. A common misconception is the e-collar will burn their skin. This is false. Other people think the e-collar is equivalent to being shocked with a taser, this is also false. We are dog trainers because we LOVE dogs and we would never do anything to harm them! Furthermore, we would never do anything to a dog we will not do to ourselves. Bottom line: the e-collar is safe and is tested on humans.

Will my dog always have to wear the e-collar?

No. Your dog will not always have to wear the e-collar. In fact, inside the home, many dogs will quickly listen to every command without the e-collar. However, we always recommend putting the e-collar on your dog before you take it outside, off-leash. Despite our best efforts at distraction proofing, no dog or human is perfect. You and your dog will benefit from the safety and security of using the e-collar when off leash.

Will my dog hate wearing the e-collar?

No! Almost everyone is VERY surprised when they receive quite the OPPOSITE reaction from their dog. In little time, your dog will recognize that the e-collar means they are going outside (to run, play ball, be free, etc. AND they know they are going to do training).  You will be surprised when your dog comes running and sits down waiting for the e-collar to be placed on them. A bored dog is a destructive dog; a trained/exercised dog is a HAPPY and a SAFE dog. When you are busy, your day goes by fast and you are energized! Now imagine a dog with no friends, no Facebook, no television, and no internet. Their only REAL stimulation is the training you give them and their time outside to run, play, and bond with you!

Where do we conduct these private sessions?

Our lessons are conducted at our facilities in Christiansburg and Vinton.

Email: blacksburg@offleashk9training.com or call (540) 750-1955 for more information!

How much time per day do I need to train my dog?

We teach you how to incorporate this training into your daily routine. We ask you to spend 35-45 minutes per day working with your dog for the first four-weeks of training to set a good foundation for the training, but after integrating the training into your daily routine, maintenance will be easy!

How long will this training take?

Basic Obedience is generally done in FOUR lessons. Each lesson is an one hour, private session. You must wait at least seven days between lessons so you have time to practice. As a result, the Basic Package usually takes a month to complete. We also offer a two-week Board and Train Program where your dog stays with one of our amazing trainers and completes the basic obedience commands in just two weeks. You will get your dog back fully trained and off-leash in half the time. After completion of basic obedience training your K9 will be ready for the advanced obedience course.

At what age can we start e-collar training?

Generally, we do not start e-collar training until a dog is at least five-months old.

What if I have a puppy that is not five-months old?

Not a problem! We can still train your pup using the marker/treat method. This will give your new pup a good foundation for basic obedience. Additionally, we can teach you how to house train your puppy. He/she will learn how to let you know they need to go so they don’t continue having accidents in the house.

What if I have a small dog?

We love small dogs. E-Collar training works on a dog of ANY SIZE, ANY BREED, and ANY AGE (above five-months).

How will my dog benefit from this training?

Your dog will benefit tremendously! Most behavior problems (biting, chewing, jumping, etc.) are based off of a lack of exercise, discipline, and out of boredom. With this training, your dog is receiving top-quality obedience training, which in turn, allows you to give your dog freedom to run around OFF-LEASH and play. By investing in training, you are investing in the welfare and happiness of you dog. Our goal is to see your dog running freely off-leash so it is getting exercise and you have full recall. Not only does all of this greatly benefit your dog, but it also benefits you and your family. Remember, if you do not employ your dog and give it a job to do (training), it will become self-employed. A self-employed dog will cost YOU money!