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Q. My dog always wants to chase other dogs if it hears them. Will a shock collar work for him? Will it effect his
I have your Basic Dog Obedience Training video which is great and we are SLOWLY proceeding with our mix golden retriever/yellow lab. now 18 months-neutered male.

I have to use a leash from house to car and back as I can't trust him not to bolt if he hears a dog, and he usually hears one somewhere. Also I would like to control his barking at dogs when in the car.

I've been told a remote training shock collar will work. . He did learn quickly not to try to jump the back fence. Took only 3 contacts with the electric fence wire to convince him that staying away from the fence was better.

I would only need a 100 ft. range on the collar.

Questions:
1. Does the closeness increase the shock? I'm thinking of in the car.
2. Will it effect the implanted ID capsule in his neck?
3. Shocking him would be accompanied with a loud "NO."

I would welcome your comments.

Thanks
Bob

A. All very good questions. I give you credit for thinking this through.

Here are the answers:

1 - The range a dog is from you has no effect on the stimulation. I would recommend a Dogtra 1700 NCP – its what I use and an excellent product. Don’t think you only need 100 ft. What if you really get a handle on the dog and decide to allow him off leash. Then he bolts.

2 - It will have no effect on your ID chip.

3 - You ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS use a No command before you shock the dog in training. When people use a collar to train it not to get into garbage or to chase animals they will often just shock the dog. I prefer letting the dog know before you shock him. The goal of our training is to teach the dog to mind a voice command. The shock is just a reinforcement if the dog refuses a voice command.

4 - If your dog is a level 5 in hardness – set the shock level to a 7 or 8 – not a 10.

5- Dogs always need higher shock levels the higher they are in drive. So a constant shock level is wrong.

Good luck
  
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