SC_YellowDawg wrote:I just got a Garmin Delta e-collar and have started putting it on the dog to wear when he's outside the kennel this week (before you ask, no of course it's not on or even charged). My dog is a 7mo male yellow lab. He has lost all baby teeth but still has a few adults pushing through. I plan to do all training myself due to my financial situation and have a few questions.
I know y'all will probably just say "buy a program"...that's the easy answer. I have done lots of reading (yea, including Water Dog by Richard Woltars) watched countless videos online (Freddy King's series was great, every video on Evan Graham's channel is really helpful, and many others). I do plan to get a program just have not decided yet (between Total Retriever and SmartWorks right now but that's another topic but any recommendations are welcome).
While I decide on what program to follow I wanted to CC and begin formalizing obedience commands with the collar. However I have a few questions:
1. Should a choke chain be introduced before the e-collar? Up to this point 90% of training has just been positive reinforcement (praise & treats) with only light leash pressure when I have to say the command a second time, usually around distractions.
2. What age to begin FF? I've heard 6-7mo so you get it done before they get to big (easier to control if they try to fight pressure). I've also heard it shouldn't be done before their first birthday.....
3. Prerequisite skills to CC or FF? He's solid on obedience (sit, down, here, heel, place) in the house and good with here, sit, down with distractions...still working on heel and place with distractions.
4. Also what's the point of FF on an elevated table? Seems like an extra step so you don't have to bend over or kneel to train, why not just start on the ground? I only ask because I don't have anything like that to use and if it makes no difference would rather do it on the ground.
Any info/ advice y'all can share is much appreciate. Don't think I said it but if you can't tell, I'm new to this game and want to train my dog to be the best he can be. Thanks.
I approve this statement . LOL . Just poking fun here a little . But for real , Gonehuntin hit the nail right on the point . "GET A PROGRAM"gonehuntin' wrote:If you get the program, you won't be asking these questions. The collar only is a reinforcement for thoroughly taught commands. Train the dog first on a least and collar, then when he's completely obedience trained and ff'd, add the ecollar.
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