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Eco Nap Pet Beds

New at Leerburg: Eco Nap© Pet Beds

Eco Nap© Dog Beds are so comfy your pooch will be happily sleeping through everything (so much for thinking you had a guard dog). Around the house, in the car, at the hotel, in the kennel - these flat mats are available in 4 sizes to fit your dog and wherever they choose to lay. These dog beds may feature luxurious, silky-soft fabrics (like Organic Cotton and Hemp) but they don’t need special care—they’re all easily refreshed with a single wash and dry. They get their resilient, long-lasting loft from an unexpected source—plastic bottles recycled into our exclusive IntelliLoft® stuffing. Each dog bed is sewn by hand, with care and craftsmanship, at our headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. You and your pet can rest easy knowing that this pet product was Certified Safe by Oeko-Tex, the same third-party certifier that deems baby carriers and children's clothes ecologically safe.

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Question: I've been told by some trainers that I can use the remote collar on my new dog the day I get the collar & I only need to leave it on for one hour before using it. Is it necessary to leave the collar on for 2 weeks before using it?


First off, I would like to tell you: You have a great site. I have been utilizing your website and products for over 10 years (when your website was blue).

My question pertains to electronic collars (for a new dog). I heard, when first using an electric collar, that I should put the collar on and take it off many times a day for two weeks. Recently, I have encountered other established trainers who've said to me that this is unnecessary. I was told I could use the collar the day I got it. Just make sure that the dog has the e-collar on for 1 hour before I actually use it and leave it on the dog for a while after I am finished using it (preferably take it off at bed time), and to not let the dog see me using the remote when using stimulation. 

Is it absolutely necessary to keep the collar on for 2 weeks before use?

Additional facts:

  • Rott/Black lab mix
  • Young adult dog (female)
  • Very obedient (doesn't need much correction)
  • Very smart, relatively soft dog
  • Collar will be used for focus and recall training in a highly distracting settings (Proofing)

Cindy's Response:

You can use the collar the day you get it but then you run the risk of the dog KNOWING that the collar means something. A remote collar is unlike anything most dogs have worn on their neck before and they definitely notice it.

I don't want my dogs to think that when they have on collar X it means they have to respond to me. I want the collar to be nothing to them. If you just have a companion dog that will never be in a competition & they can wear the collar whenever they go out, it doesn't really matter as much.

So the answer is NO, it's not absolutely necessary but in my experience it's best to get the dog desensitized to wearing the collar long before you ever turn it on for the first time.

My current dog wore the collar for months before I ever turned it on. It's part of how I train -- my dogs get collars rotated on and off from the time they are little so the equipment means nothing.

I certainly wouldn't be putting a remote on a new dog and using it right away. I'd be doing everything with fun, food and play for a long time before I added any type of aversive experience.

If you haven't already done so, I'd recommend this new video Training the Recall.

There is a great section in there on using the ecollar for recalls.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Electric Collar Training and Q&A on Recall and Come.

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