1. Start early! While old dogs can be taught new tricks, what's learned earliest is often learned the quickest and the easiest. As well, the older the dog, the more bad habits will likely need to be "un-learned". When it comes to raising and training your dog, an ounce of problem prevention is certainly well worth a pound down the road.
2. Train your dog gently and humanely. Keep obedience sessions upbeat and fun so that the training process is enjoyable for all involved.
3. Avoid giving your dog commands that you can't enforce. Every time you give a command that is neither complied with nor enforced your dog learns that commands are optional.
4. One command should equal one action. So, only give your dog one command (twice max), then gently reinforce it. Repeating commands gets your dog tuned to the idea that the sit command sounds like this. "sit, sit, sit, SIT".
5. Avoiding giving your dog combined commands which are incompatible. Combined commands such as "sit-down" can confuse your dog. An example, say either "sit" or "down". The command sit-down does not exist. One word commands are best for your dog and are easiest for him to understand.
6. When giving a command, avoid raising your voice. Even during the times when your nerves are on edge. use a calm but authoritative voice, rather than a hard loud one.
7. Whenever possible, use your dogs name positively, rather than in conjunction to reprimands, warnings or punishments.
8. When training your dog, whether giving a correction or rewarding. good timing is essential.
9. Keep a lid on your anger. Never train your dog when you're feeling grouchy or impatient. Earning your dogs respect is not accomplished by yelling, hitting or handling your dog in a harsh manner.
10. Start simple with training tools! Try the less expensive method first... such as a squirt bottle filled with 90% plain tap water and 10% vinegar. The vinegar has a smell that dogs do not enjoy, when the dog does an undesirable behavior, squirt them. This method works well with most breeds, however we've seen many labs lick the end of the bottle! However, it is worth a try before moving on to other tools.
1. When your pup is teething and chewing on everything in sight, give him a chew toy filled with peanut butter and dry dog food. It will keep him busy for hours.
2. Teach your dog to drink from a backpacker's squirt bottle. It will then be easy to cool him down on hot early-season hunting trips.
3. Get a list of local veterinarians' phone numbers before you visit a new hunting area. That way you'll always be ready for an emergency.
4. When using an electronic collar on your dog the first time, always use the lowest level necessary to get the response you want.
5. If you are going to train with an electronic collar, first have your dog wear an inactive collar during training sessions for a couple of weeks. This gets him used
to the routine.
6. Learn from the pros: Seminars by reputable dog trainers give you hands-on experience that you just can't find in a book.
7. Watch every good training video you can get your hands on. If you get one or two good tips from each one, you'll be a better trainer.
8. If you have trouble with a dog that just won't quit barking, consider an electronic bark-control collar. It is a safe, effective solution to one of a dog owner's biggest problem.
9. Current I.D. tags and a good beeper collar are cheap insurance against losing your dog
10. A pre-season trip to a hunting preserve is a great warm-up for your dog (and it's good for your shooting skills, too)
Tips for Remote Collar Conditioning:
1. How Tight Should the Remote Collar Be Around My Dog's Neck?
All remote trainers are designed to be worn snug on the dog's neck or the stimulation will not be consistent. If it seems that your dog isn't feeling the stimulation, try tightening the collar strap a notch and wiggle the contact points firmly against his neck to ensure that they've reached through his under coat. Also, if your dog has a dense under coat, the long contact points will make better contact than the short ones. If your dog's breathing sounds hoarse, loosen the strap.
2. What Age Should My Dog Be Before I Can Begin Using an e-collar On Him?
We normally suggest that a dog be at least 3 to 4 months old before using the collar for two reasons. First, your dog needs to have a basic understanding of what is expected of him, as well as know the meaning of basic commands. Secondly, by this age most breeds have reached the minimum weight required to comfortably support the weight of the collar.
3. What is the Difference Between Continuous and Momentary Stimulation?
Continuous stimulation is a constant period of stimulation received by the dog for a maximum of approximately nine seconds (safety time-out varies by remote trainer model) or until the user releases the transmitter button, whichever comes first.
Momentary stimulation is a quick "attention getter" that lasts only for a fraction of a second, regardless of how long the button is pressed.
4. What is the Purpose of a 'Dummy Collar'
The dummy collar is used to get your dog used to the weight and feel of a real collar.
5. What Stimulation Level Should I Use to Begin Training My Dog?
The size and age of the dog does not play a part in determining the starting stimulation level. The breed of dog plays only a small part, because dog's sensitivity thresholds vary more by the individual dog than they do by breed. We recommends that you always start with the lowest intensity level and work your way up as needed. Remember that as distractions around the dog change, you may need to adjust the intensity level used.