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Old 04-01-2008, 02:01 PM
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Default How do you feel about shock collars

I know there was a posting on this awhile ago but things might have changed and im sure new members have something to say..

Used one: yes
Reason: was not responding to command. I did try many other ways also..
Use on yourself: Yes, didnt hurt just was a suprise feeling
Did it work: Yes
How long did it take: A few days
Still use: No
Use again: Yes, if need be but no reason too
Over all opinion: Good for the hard headed dog that wont listen. IMO it just kinda like 'hey, you listen up, now'.

What about yall?
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:05 PM
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I don't use them... I prefer not to... I don't like them personally
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:17 PM
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Used one: yes

Reason: dog had problems with off lead recalls and crittering

Use on yourself: yes, didn't hurt, just got my attention

Did it work: yes

How long did it take: a few minutes for the recall, about a week for the crittering

Still use: no

Use again: only after exhausting all other possible solutions

Over all opinion: they can be helpful for some extreme cases, but for the most part i don't like them, i think they're overused as a shortcut instead of really training the dog.

they can be useful on a dog who associates corrections too much towards the handler, as the shock doesn't appear to be coming from the handler, they can also be useful in so far as not requiring any discernable body language, but even with my ultra-aware dogs, i haven't had issues with either of those.

there have been some reports of the possibility of the shock causing damage to the central nervous system, but i haven't studied those enough to determine the validity.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:23 PM
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I don't like the idea of them, so haven't used one before.
Clickers are such a better method anyways i think, they reward good behaviour, instead of punishing bad behaviour.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:26 PM
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I've never used one. My mother and my aunt, both of whom use R+ methods (my aunt uses a clicker) have use them, and for the same reason. They live in the country, so the dogs are often off leash. The dogs take off after deer or other critters and become deaf to the world. Its basically a safety thing . . .its not used unless they've taken off and ignored recall. In both cases, too, its a specific dog who has a problem, not all the dogs, who wear a shock collar.

That would basically be the only situation in which I'd use one.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:34 PM
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In the right hands, they can be a useful training tool but I've never used one, however, in the wrong hands, they can be awful, horrible weapons.
I don't have any issues with either of my dogs that, warrant the use of an ecollar.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:32 PM
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Used one: yes
Reason: Invisible fencing
Use on yourself: Hell no.
Did it work: Yes
How long did it take: We did the full recommended training - couple weeks, I think?
Still use: No
Use again: No.
Over all opinion: I think I got really, really lucky with my old dog that he never developed any issues from it. Absolutely nothing would make me put one on Meg, who is incredibly soft and doesn't handle corrections well. I can't imagine a situation where I would put one on any dog.

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Old 04-01-2008, 03:44 PM
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I really don't like them, and can't see a situation currently where I would choose to use one. I've never been shocked by one, but Matt has, and it hurt bad enough that he put his foot down then and there and said he would NEVER inflict that on a dog.

I don't know if it was turned up too high or what, but two of his fingers where numb for like half an hour after his hand was shocked.

On the other hand, we DO use a citronella spray bark collar on Sierra, which I'm not sure if I really like. It works REALLY well, but dogs have uber sensitive noses, no? So we can't understand ourselves what that strong citronella odour puts them through. Sure it's not physical pain (that we know of) but it's more than just a smell of bug-spray I'm sure...

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Old 04-01-2008, 03:55 PM
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Never heard of a sent collar
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:01 PM
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I've been thinking about getting an e-collar for a long time for my chihuahua mix. Her barking is so out of control. She will bark for 30 minutes straight at a time if I let her. I have a 4 month old in the house, so her barking really irritates me, because the baby cant sleep at times. I dont see anything wrong with shock collars IF used correctly.
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