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House Manners

by Robin MacFarlane

Can e-collar training help you around the house?

When we think about training with an e-collar, we typically envision situations of off leash control when we're outside with the dog.

Off leash safety and reliability is one of the key reasons that I began to learn about e-collars back in the late nineties. Not only did I want to be able to feel more secure running my dogs in any environment, I wanted to be able to provide that security for my clients as well.

But it didn't take long for me to discover the many ways that e-collar training could also help teach the dog about having good manners around the house.

Once I had some basic collar conditioning done, it became a relatively simple matter of using those skills inside to create a bit more clarity about what Fido's house rules where.

Behaviors like door bolting or managing chaos when the door bell rang (See article: "Dogs and Doorbells -- Oh My!") were much easier to deal with. Problems with nuisance barking became a thing of the past, and stopping counter surfing and stealing food was relatively simple.

When the e-collar skills where used inside and out, I found that my client's frustrations were melting away and they were actually enjoying their dog again.

The e-collar wasn't magic and it took that initial work to condition the dog, but in comparison to all the other management techniques I had been teaching previously, this was a piece of cake!

Take a look as I share a few tips on how to utilize your e-collar training to improve management around the house.

-- Robin
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Robin MacFarlane is a professional dog trainer and owner of Thatís My Dog in Dubuque, Iowa. Her best-selling dog training DVDs, JUST RIGHT and JUST RIGHT 2 have helped thousands of dog owners teach their dogs basic obedience and fix problem behaviors through a system of training that you can easily work into your daily routine.
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