It’s the the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
I don’t have too much follow-up this week.
Oz the Terrier asked about the collar the dogs are wearing in training pictures.
That is an e-collar. We train with e-collar and use it a lot when the dogs are off-lead.
If the dogs are training…
…they are wearing an e-collar.
There are a lot of misconceptions about e-collar. Used properly it is an effective training tool to reinforce an already learned behavior. We have had great success using it for our field training and to reinforce a recall anytime our dogs are off lead.
There are different types of collars and the price usually depends on the range of the collar. Ours will work from quite a distance away. We have two collars that work off of one controller. As you can see, one is blaze orange and one is black. If we are out with all three dogs, Thunder usually doesn’t have to wear the collar because he is pretty good about sticking close, but he still wears it for training.
As for holding the collar, sometimes with a young dog you need to direct their head to look out onto the field so that they are looking in the right direction. Eventually, they will do it on their own. Some people add a tab which they can hold to control the dog’s head, but our collars are long, so it makes a good tab to hold.
This has been a fast week. I am hoping for good weather so I can get some training pictures tomorrow. The temperatures are finally above freezing so maybe the fields will be clear of ice and snow.
Have a nice weekend!