With a baby on the way in a few months, I am stepping up some long overdue obedience training on my 6 year old lab.
I have a PetSafe shock collar that I bought a few years ago and the alert beep works very well as a deterrent for my dog to the point where I don't even need to use the shock function. The only problem is that he is aware of when the collar is on and when it isn't, so his behavior changes accordingly. Since I don't like to keep the shock collar on him for more than a few hours at a time, that leads to some inconsistent behavior.
Does anyone know if there are any small remote-operated beepers that could be attached to a regular collar? If I could attach something to his regular collar, then my dog would need to be aware of it at all times and I think I would get much better results.
I've never used a shock collar on my dogs, but from what I know, they should be used as distance reinforcement on well trained dogs - not as an aspect of intial or remedial obedience training.
Have you taken a class with your Lab?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I agree with Sharon. If you have never taken a class one is definitely in order and will benefit you much mote than a shock collar. If you have taken a class or 2 a refresher will do wonders! I think you will be surprised at how well your Lab does with a new baby, with a little help. They usually adjust very well but a refresher class will definitely help you immensely. Congratulations and best of luck to you.
Maxx & Emma Jean
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