Humane But Effective Dog Training Collars
Once you've decided that you want to train your dog on your own, the next step is to acquire the best equipment for doing so. In the old days, training the dog comes with the traditional "devices," like whistles and discipline rods. But thanks to the modern age, you have a wide variety of dog training supplies that are more humane, and certainly far more effective. Among these supplies are dog training collars, high-tech and especially designed to make your pet faster, smarter and easier to handle.
Dog training collars are primarily meant to assist an owner in agility training. It's only reasonable, of course, that you purchase a collar for your dog while he's still an impressionable, active puppy. Larger puppies, who are somewhat harder to keep track of and discipline than smaller puppies, may benefit more from collars. Teaching your dog how to obey basic commands and discontinue bad practices is made easier with the warning system built into the modern collars out in the market.
Collars come with a variety of functions, depending on how intensive you would like your dog's training to be. Shock collars used to be the most popular (and extreme) kind of training collars, but understandably, compassionate and caring owners don't opt for this anymore. Veterinarians don't recommend it either, especially for pets with delicate constitutions, who nonetheless need to be trained.
The two most recommended and patronized kinds of training collars are the tone and vibrate models. If you have just one dog, you may want to consider the tone model, which would train the dog to recognize a specific sound that tells whenever he does something wrong. This model is certainly humane, as it doesn't hurt the dog in any way – it just teaches him to associate sounds with certain actions.
The vibrate model is another popular kind. It sends out a light vibration when your dog does something wrong. This may seem similar to the shock collar, but actually, it doesn't send out an electric shock per se - only a harmless sensation that surprises your dog and acts as negative reinforcement. Trainers prefer the vibrate model because it doesn't make as much noise as the tone model.
Other types of training collars, though not strictly made for agility training, are the beeper collar, the bark collar (or no-bark collar) and the remote trainer. Look into the kind of dog training collars you need to be sure that you don't just give your pet the very best training, but also the very best care.
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