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Dog Training Q&A What Would Jeff Do?

Jul 24, 2018

What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Dayy #151

Why i don't use vibrate mode on the remote collar.

first if you use it, that does not make it right or wrong, but lots of folks have told me and also from my experience as well, that it freaks out the dogs, agreed, it can be actually too much for a dog and confusing. It also does not fit into our pressure on and off theory of dog training.

If you are using it because it sounds "gentler or less mean" to a dog, than that may be just your perception, i have seen dogs pee themselves after hitting the vibrate mode or hunker down in fear after hitting the vibrate there goes that theory.

Personally I like to teach dogs with the stim/shock setting and with the remotes we use from Ecollar Technology, we can whisper or shout to a dog with the remote, without me changing any of my calm energy. There are many variables to take into consideration as well with environmentals going on at the time of working your dog as well as if they are drive or not. Dog in a high state of arousal can blow through even high levels of stim and would not even feel the vibrate mode.

So it boils down to just more than personal choice for me, it is also about the versatility of the collar and what the stim function can do for your teaching program with the dog.

So you can use vibrate, but most collars only have one level of it so then you are stuck with that, if it is too much of a sensation you are out of luck and if it is not enough sensation you are out of luck..vary rarely will it be the correct level and by using the adjustable stim, you can find that level that is right in the moment for the dog.

Jeff Gellman
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