In the past, training collars were limited in the ability to adjust the intensity of the electronic stimulus and were often referred to as shock collars, which gave them a negative reputation. Modern remote training collars feature a signal that can be used before electronic stimulation is applied, to alert the dog and act as a warning that a behavior such as 'stop' or 'sit and stay' is required before electronic stimulation will occur, and simulation itself is adjustable so that it can be tailored to each dog's minimum threshold for getting a response. If used correctly, training collars do not cause harm to your dog and can, in fact, result in less harm to the dog than if traditional negative reinforcement or punishment was used to stop or force a behavior. Also, if used to prevent a dangerous behavior such as running out into traffic, leaving the yard, or chasing livestock, it can be a life-saving device for a dog that cannot control his natural inclinations and may put himself in harm's way.
A training collar can be set to signal your dog and warn him that a correction is coming, allowing him to cease and correct behavior before receiving stimulation, which is a form of reinforcement, avoidance of a stimulus that is not delivered if the dog attends to commands or corrects their own behavior. This form of training can be very effective and is best used in conjunction with other training methods so that minimal stimulation is required. The stimulation delivered is adjustable, but is similar to a static electricity shock or can even be adjusted to provide a simple vibration to signal your dog and get attention. Training should be conducted at the lowest level of stimulation that elicits a response in your dog to be humane and effective, and to avoid negative side effects such as the development of aggression or anxiety, which can be associated with incorrect use.
Torres is the white bull terrier. He has been peeing in the house when it rains, or when he just won’t go outside. He also pulls terribly on a walk
Hello Christina, Does he use a doggie door? Or is let out into a fenced-in yard unaccompanied, or taken potty on a leash by you or someone else? There are a couple of ways to deal with the peeing in the house during rain. First, teach a "Go Potty" command. Every time you take him potty in general, command "Go Potty" and reward with a treat after he goes potty. If you normally don't go with him when he goes, you will need to go with him when he goes outside for a bit, until he learns the "Go Potty" command and will go quickly when you tell him to "Go Potty. Next, once he knows "Go Potty", when it's raining outside take him outside on a leash, tell him to "Go Potty" and walk him around slowly on a leash. Be prepared to get pretty wet during this - it could take a bit and persistence is key here! Don't let him come back inside until he goes potty. If he goes, praise enthusiastically, run him back inside where it's dry, then give treats. If he will not go after being outside in the rain for 45 minutes still, bring him back inside, put him in a crate, then try taking him back outside on a leash in thirty-minutes. After peeing outside during the rain several times and him seeing that he got to go back inside as soon as he did what you asked, he should figure out that the quickest way to get back inside is to go potty QUICKLY. Whenever it rains you will take to take him potty on a schedule though and not wait until he asks - he may never get to the point where he asks to go out, but he can learn to go potty out there when you take him and hold it in between potty trips while its raining. If the weather where you live has already gotten really cold (and during severe weather), you may not be able to do this until spring for safety reasons. If it's still warm enough (around 50 or above), then start right away so that he will be good at this before winter comes - at which point he needs to have learned that the quickest way to get back inside is to go potty quickly in the rain (not hold it until he is back inside and go then). A second option, is to also teach the "Go Potty" command but to set up a grass area somewhere out of the rain - like your garage or a covered patio. Use real grass for this. Look into real grass pads (not astroturf) and check out the article linked below on litter box training (and use a real grass pad set up somewhere covered instead of a litter box). I highly suggest setting up your real grass pad somewhere that moderately resembles outside still so pup doesn't start having accidents in the house - like your garage, patio, balcony, or a covered area you create outside. Real grass pad brands - also on Amazon: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Training to use the grass pad: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Another thing that can help some dogs is weather protection. If pup dislikes the rain because they don't like being wet or its cold, a waterproof jacket that's cut so that it's still easy for pup to go potty while wearing it may help, but expect to still have to do some of the training mentioned above also at first. If pup is afraid of thunder, then work on desensitizing pup to the sound of it using thunder recordings on low volume paired with treats and lots of fun - gradually increase the volume as pup improves and seems unconcerned by the noise. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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