One hour of BASIC OBEDIENCE training
from Pro Trainer Robin MacFarlane.
Vibration Collar / Vibrating Dog Collars are good for many types of Dog Training, especially for training Deaf Dogs, hearing impaired dogs, and older dogs who can be hard of hearing.
"How To Teach Hand Signals To Deaf Dogs"
Long before the invention of vibration based systems I had to deal with the issues of training a deaf dog with a remote collar. It has been my experience that some hunting dogs tend to have substantial hearing loss as they reach "old age."
We have had a few dogs that could still physically hunt past the age of 12 but many had limited ability to hear voice commands or whistle commands. Tone options were also useless on these dogs.
We teach our dogs hand commands at a young age for long distant commands but we normally tie a whistle command or a verbal command to get the dogs attention prior to giving the hand signal.
When we ran into the issue of an older dog that could still hunt (with limited time on the ground) we needed a way to get the dogs attention to be able to give the hand signal.
I first did this with a female brittany named "Babe." Around the age of 12 she had substantial hearing loss but still had the physical ability to hunt for short periods of time when the weather was cool.
I would seldom run her more than 30 or 45 minutes a day but this was enough for her to enjoy her last couple of seasons.
Using a remote training collar with extremely low stimulation levels we quickly taught her to look in my direction when I gave her two taps at the lowest level that she could feel.
To start this training we put her on a 30 foot check cord and worked her in the back yard. I would give her a double tap and turn her with the cord so she was facing me. The second she looked in my direction I gave her the hand signal that I wanted her to do (mainly changing directions or coming in to me) and she quickly picked up the idea.
It helped that hand signals were part of her normal training and that she had been using a collar the majority of her life.
Vibration collars can work in the same fashion. They allow you the option of communication without stimulation. Much like every other signal that you introduce to your dog (stimulation, vibration or tone) they mean nothing to the dog without the correct association. Dogs do not understand vibration without the training.
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I got a final version of the SD 425 right around the beginning of hunting season in 2012. While I had been looking forward to this collar coming out, it really was not something that I planned to use for myself and I figured after a short few tests I would be done with it. I am still using it several months later and it is now one of my favorite collars. It's in my truck right now and I use it almost every day. I have used it on Roxy for every duck hunt this year and I expect to keep using it around the house for some time.
The 425 is the replacement for the extremely popular SD 400. This version fixes several things that the 400 was missing and brings it in line with the new generation SportDOG collars.
The new features of the 425 include:
Rapid 2 hour charge
Mode selection collar choices for sensitive and regular dogs
Tone and Vibration options
Multi dog modes that include Tone or Vibration on the dial, allowing you to use tone or vibration when in a two or three dog set up
The 425 is a great collar for obedience work, retrievers and flushers. It's going to quickly become one of our best sellers in its category.
While the 400 has been our best selling collar under $200 for the last 8 or 9 years, I never really found a use for it. The 425 has changed that for me. It is an awesome system for folks that don't need a lot of range but want a full featured system for working close to medium range dogs.
My pup is deaf, but he definitely has found his voice! He has this incessant, high pitched bark that is quite disturbing. With the collar, his behavior is being curbed quickly and now I don't fear the neighbors calling the cops on me when he's in the front yard!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27018 Reviewed: 2016-02-04
Vibration Collars by SD
Rated 5 stars from 1 user ratings. 2-13-2013
BEST 2017 Vibrating Dog Training Collar SD425
Steve's Pick for Best Vibration Training Collar
Gun Dog Supply Exclusive: One Hour BASIC OBEDIENCE Ecollar Training DVD
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We are proud to announce that Professional Dog Trainer Robin MacFarlane is working with us! We just wrapped another video shoot, and are launching her latest DVD.
What's interesting about these videos is that Robin has never worked with these dogs before, and several younger dogs have never been trained on an ecollar.
First, Robin walks you through the basic obedience commands showing what proper form looks like.
Next, Robin shows how she introduces the ecollar to two of Steve's puppies, Jack & Tilly, and shows you how to find the right STIM level to communicate with your dog.
She then turns that into a lesson for your dog to recognize that STIM means pay attention to your handler and expands that into a basic recall.
Additional segments include teaching RECALL, PLACE, SIT, and HEEL.
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The SD Vibrating Dog Training Collar SD425 is an incredibly versatile training collar and a good choice for all-around use -- is ideal for training in the yard, field, or for use with close-working dogs. Both the transmitter and receiver are waterproof and submersible.
The 425 can be expanded to control up to three dogs by adding SD Brand Add-A-Dog collars. The comfortable "soft coat" transmitter finish makes this unit a pleasure to handle.
The low continuous stimulation levels and gradual increases between levels on the SD-425 are particularly useful with sensitive dogs or breeds.
You can customize your Vibrating Dog Training Collar SD-425 to match your training preference. It comes set up in MODE-1 (a 7-level continuous + 7-level momentary stimulation one dog collar with non-stimulation tone button), but it can easily be changed into 7 different modes with different button configurations.
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