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How to use dog training collar correctly!

In this blog, I’d like to teach you how to correctly put a dog training collar on your dog and make them enjoy wearing it. Now, take a look at the DogCare Advance dog training collar in my hands. You can find different types of this kind on the market, but the way you put them on is almost the same.

First, make sure the collar is turned off, and the security keypad on the remote control is in a locked state. The security keypad lock is a very useful design feature of the DogCare WELL-D collar. Whenever you are not using the collar, make sure the keypad is locked, to prevent you accidentally pressing one of the keys on the remote control and sending an instruction at an unwanted time to your dog, which would confuse it about your commands.

Second, when you use the collar for the first time, you need to adjust the belt of the receiver to fit your dog’s neck. When it is properly fitted, you should be able to put a finger between the collar and your dog’s neck. DogCare WELL-D Advance collars have a wide range of adjustable levels, from 10’’ to 24’’. Most dogs can wear it around their necks. However, please do not use dog training collars for puppies under 6 months because they are too young and frightened by new things to tolerate the stimulation.

Well, that’s all the preparation work done. Now, gently place the collar in front of your dog, and then they will curiously and slowly walk over to sniff it. At this point, stroke, praise and quickly reward him or her with food. In this way, your dog will feel good about the collar and think: oh, this thing won't hurt me, and it gets me rewards from my owner.

If your dog shows no interest in the collar, try to shake it to get his or her attention, or put food behind the collar to lure your dog towards you. Once he or she comes over to sniff and touch the collar, give some praise and quickly give your good boy/girl a treat.

For step 2, try to use the collar to touch your dog's neck gently, within a small area. If your dog does not show resistance, keep stroking, praising and giving treats.

Finally, touch your dog with the collar in different areas, while stroking him or her and giving some more treats. It takes time for your dog to get used to the collar and like it.

If the dog shows sensitivity or resistance during this process, we go back to the previous step, repeat it and then observe.

Fasten it gently. After that, make sure the collar is at the lower middle of her neck, and the DogCare logo should be upright facing you.

The collar must be snug. If the collar is too loose, it won’t be in contact with the skin, and when you need to use it, it won’t work and your dog will fail to feel the stimulation. On the other hand, it should not be so tight that it is uncomfortable for your dog to drink and eat while wearing it. So, how can you tell if the tightness of the belt is appropriate? Here’s a small tip. Put your index finger in between the belt and your dog's neck. If it can just fit in, it means that the level of tightness is effective and comfortable. If you need to adjust it again, take off the collar first, and then loosen or tighten it. Please do not adjust when your dog is still wearing it, because it may hurt your dog by trapping his or her fur in the belt. Take it off, adjust it again, put it on and fit your finger in. Repeat these steps until the collar is neither too tight nor too loose.

Make sure that the two prongs on the collar are placed snugly against your dog’s skin. You can adjust it gently like this, to make the two prongs pass through the hair and touch your dog’s skin, otherwise the stimulation from the receiver collar may not be transmitted to your dog.

After you fit the collar, don't forget to stroke, praise and reward your dog with a treat. So, your dog will think the collar is a good thing and love wearing it.

It will take a few days for your dog to get used to the collar. You can put it on occasionally like you would when introducing a normal collar to your dog. In this way, the dog can adapt more quickly to it. Every time you use it, remember to recheck the tightness of the belt and observe if it causes discomfort to your dog.

Do not begin training as soon as you put the collar on your dog. Dogs are smart. They will soon connect the sensation on their necks to the dog training collar. If it is the case, the dog training collar will be useless when used as part of your dog training.

In addition, dog training collars cannot be used as dog leashes. Because the two metal prongs on the dog training collar will cause discomfort, or even worse, hurt your dog when you are pulling on it. If you need to keep your dog on a leash, connect the leash to a regular collar or a dog harness.

Ok. That’s all for today’s video on how to put a dog training collar on your dog. Did you manage to learn how to do it?

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