The use of high-tech electronics for dogs and dog training have come a long way. Have you noticed how excited the kids get when they realize that they have the power to make a room go dark or light just by flipping the switch? They’ll throw the switch many times. This excitement of discovery, also known as the “aha!” experience, is among the basics of this new approach to dog training.
Your dog can “discover” on his own how to stop the tap or a sound in each and every new situation. Just like the child who is happy with his new found power, your pet will be happy to realize that he has real control over the situation. Your dog will become fully involved in the process of training. You’ll be amazed at the speed of learning and positive attitude possible with the use of modern electronics when your dog learns to operate in response to a tap or a sound.
Basically, there are two types of electrical devices available for dog training, those that send your dog a little electronic pulse to deter undesirable behaviors and the ones that use electricity as a way to make dog training easier for you. Devices that send a electronic pulse are not harmful to dogs since the intention is to get the dogs’ attention instead of harming them. Although the kinds of electronic training devices vary with respect to the way they are used, they are similar in their basic functionality. They generate a low energy electrical stimulation through contact points mounted on a dog’s collar.
Whether you want to train your pet for better obedience or good manners, there are electronic devices available for every purpose. Here are some of the most popular electronic devices used for dog training
Electronic collars send a brief electrical pulse when the remote is pressed. They are utilized in punishing bad or undesirable behavior in your dog and teaching him to respond quickly and accurately to voice commands. When you have the full attention of your dog, teaching specific lessons and gently punishing bad behaviors becomes easier. Most e collars are designed for conditioning and training the dog for a variety of behaviors. Many ecollars come with positive reinforcement tones and settings that make it possible for you to reward the dog for his good behavior. Owners who do not like the idea of sending electronic pulses to control to train the dog for certain behavior can make use of sound emitting collars.
Anti – Bark Devices
Electronic devices are also used to fix certain hard-to-control behaviors. Because dogs often bark when they’re unhappy , they often bark excessively when owners are not around. Anti – barking collars send small electrical pulses or vibrations whenever a dog barks. They’re not at all harmful and therefore are safe for use even when the dogs are unsupervised.
Agility Training Devices
A lot of agility exercises for dogs need them to learn complex jumps or navigating through obstacle courses. However, there are specific exercises that are based on timing. These are the exercises where electronic touch-boards can be used. Rather than guessing whether your pet successfully touched the goal during contact training, the electronic signals can easily determine a successful touch. They can also record when the contact was made. Such agility devices are very useful for dog owners who want to train their dogs for races or other competitions.
Electric Dog Fences
Squirrels occasionally distract even the most trained dogs. Your dog running loose isn’t just dangerous for your pet, it is also potentially harmful to other animals and humans. The invisible dog fence systems that are available by different companies and different brands in the marketplace teach your pet where their home is, allowing them to roam without a leash inside the boundaries of the fence. Containment fences make pets roam inside a safe area (eg a garden ) without the risk of escape. Animals escaping from gardens are often run over by cars, or cause traffic accidents.
The containment fence includes a transmitter mounted within the housing, linked to a loop of wire that defines the safe area in which the animal is going to be contained. The animal wears a receiver that keeps track of the sounds produced.The collar emits a number of “beeps”, warning the animal to stop immediately. If the animal ignores the beeping and goes towards the door, the collar emits an aversive stimulus to stop the dog. The level of the stimulus is variable and it is set to the minimum level that actually works for most dogs.
Once learned, your pet will start responding to your tone and will never get aversive stimulus. Containment fences are very helpful in keeping your dog safe and away from all the hazards. It is our recommendation that you use a full service professional company that employs dog training professionals to help you with your dog.
Electronic Dog Feeder
Electronic dog feeders run through a program that is designed to control your dog’s overfeeding. The feeder automatically dispenses dry food based on the chosen frequency and portion size. A large digital display has the feeding schedule shown on it.
Here are some of the features of a typical electronic dog feeder:• A dog feeder is programmable for three or more feeding times in a day.• It can dispense dry food in increments of 1/4 cup to as much as 2 cups. Large doses can go up to 3 cups at a time.• It can hold about 5 pounds of dry food. Large feeders can hold approximately 10 kgs.• It can handle a number of dry food sizes, shapes and kinds
Electronic dog feeders are a boon for people who have to leave their dogs away for long periods of time. Now they will not need to depend on neighbors to feed their dogs.
Dog Tracking Devices
There are three types of tracking devices available in the market. Choosing the right one depends not just on the money you want to invest but also on the circumstances in which you want to operate.
Radio collars, beeper collars and GPS radio collars are the three kinds of devices available.
Beeper collars produce a beep sound through a collar mounted transmitter. Radio collars send radio signals from the transmitter to a handheld receiver. The receiver then shows the direction in which the dog is heading. With GPS based trackers, a handheld tool receives the signal from the collar. This tool then plots the position of the dog on the map.
Some dogs have a tendency to run away. This exposes them to a variety of threats present on roads and outside environment. With the help of tracking devices, it is possible to get the dog back in short time. One can also keep the dog away from hazardous places inside the home.
Electronic Pet Doors
A dog door has a small opening at the base with a movable flap to block access from outside. While traditional dog doors open whenever the dog runs through the flap, automatic pet doors tend to be more selective. These doors operate on electricity or batteries and react to the signals of the device that the dog wears on his collar. Whenever your four-legged friend is approaching the doorway, the collar sends a signal to the door, which in turn automatically opens, allowing the dog through it. The door will be locked as soon as the dog passes it. You may also enable or disable the door manually or power it down altogether. With these electronic pet doors, you won’t need to open the door every time the dog wants to go out.
Possible disadvantages of electronic training products are hugely outweighed by the benefits of freedom and safety for pets as well as their owners. There are certain situations that the use of the electronics mentioned above should not be used. Please consult with a professional dog trainer or veterinarian for their advice.
As with all training products and protocols, it is recommended to hire a dog professional who knows how to safely use these devices. That person may also determine health or temperament issues that should be treated before any training is started.