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Categories: Electric Collar Training , Electric Collars

Q. We are exploring the dogtra training collars, mainly to help me feel a bit more in control of our dog. We are looking at the Dogtra 200NCP or the 280NCP. Which do you recommend?
We have a 6 month old goldendoodle male dog. He is a relatively good natured dog, with many puppy characteristics still; i.e. barking at new people, jumping up at new people, nipping. He has also within the last month or so been bearing his teeth more, mainly at my 8 year old son, but also at the rest of the family, sometimes my husband and myself included. Never where I feel like he is just going to necessarily bite, but it is a behavior I don't like.

So we are exploring the dogtra training collars, mainly to help me feel a bit more in control of him. We are looking at the Dogtra 200NCP or the 280NCP. Out of those two, which do you recommend for our dog; taking into size and behavior? Or is there another one you prefer?

Thank-you in advance for your time, I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Laurie

A. The 200 and the 280 are the same collar, with the difference being the 280 has the digital read out. I have and use both collars. If you like seeing the numbers on the read out, then you will like the 280 better.

As far as the behaviors that your pup is showing, I would be making sure you are not allowing this dog a lot of freedom or privileges. He’s testing his limits and where he stands in the family pack (which is completely normal) and if you don’t make the point that you and your family are higher in rank that he is now it will become more difficult as he gets older. Playful puppy biting is a much different thing than baring of teeth. He’s trying to be in charge and this behavior WILL escalate if you don’t get a handle on him right away.

These are the resources I would recommend.

Read this article http://leerburg.com/groundwork.htm

If you do not have a crate for him, I would get one today and begin using it.

I would recommend these videos if you do not already have them.

Pack Structure for the Family Pet

Basic Obedience

Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs

Electric Collar training for the Pet Owner

I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but a 6 month old puppy who is showing his teeth at family members needs to be managed correctly or someone will be bitten and most likely it will be your son. Your dog is not trying to be “mean” or bad, but trying to structure your family to his liking. This tells me that leadership is lacking, but the good news is that you can change that right now.

I hope this helps.

Cindy
  
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