I hired a trainer to help with distraction training and he created a bad experience with the ecollar. What do you think of what happend?
I have a Brittany rescue that I've had for about 4 1/2 years. She's well trained in the house and yard but gets very distracted outside. I had thought about trying an electronic collar but when I first got her I stupidly hired a trainer recommended by the rescue people. He was trying to get her to come and was working quickly and somewhat roughly with her. He took her to a conservation area down the street after a quick session in the yard with an e-collar. She didn't come when he called her in the field so he kept cranking up the level. She finally yiped loudly and disappeared. He couldn't find her and neither could I but she ran home and I found her by the gate. I fired the trainer. This experience was about 4 years ago and I don't want to do anything stupid again. What do you think?
Your email is a sad email. I feel badly (as you do) for your dog.
The problem is not with a remote collar but rather it’s with the person pushing the buttons at the wrong time and at the wrong levels. What happened to your dog reminds me of why I often say that a remote collar is the worst training tool ever invented when it is used incorrectly. With that said I also say it’s the greatest training tool ever invented when used correctly.
I can’t comment on what this trainer or what he did to your dog. I don’t know this person.
All I can say is that we train with low level stimulation, often levels that humans cannot feel. At those levels our goal is to redirect our dog away from a distraction and get it to focus on something we have already trained it to do, something it knows how to do.
We don’t use remote collars to teach a dog new behaviors, we use low level stimulation to reinforce off leash behavior that it already knows how to do.
So, I always recommend that new dog trainers educate themselves on the correct use of remote collars. The DVDs we did with Michael Ellis provide that level of training. There are two of them.