Static correction collar training is no more difficult than other types of canine training, as long as you provide your dog with clear expectations and provide positive praise and rewards. Most dogs are eager to please their owners, and quickly make the connection between static corrections and the wireless fence boundary. Here are a few tips to help make training easier for both you and your dog.
Check the Collar and Settings
Before starting any static correction training, check the collar to ensure it fits snugly and comfortably. A poorly fit collar can rub your dog’s neck, causing rashes and skin irritation.
Double check the static correction level to make sure it’s set to the level you need. Generally speaking, static correction levels should be set to the lowest level noticeable by your dog.
Keep Training Sessions Short but Frequent
Keep training sessions short, especially at the beginning. Two or three ten-minute sessions a day prove more effective than one 30-minute session. Your dog has a limited attention span, after which he starts to get bored or frustrated (emotions you may also feel if you drag out training sessions).
Shorter training sessions keep your dog interested and stimulated, making it easier for him to remember training between sessions.
Consistency is an important element of any training, but especially for static correction training. Keep changes to the static correction level to a minimum, as changes in intensity can confuse your dog during training.
Train at the same times every day, using the same commands and actions each time. For instance, when making an association between the flags and static corrections, always use the same tone, words and timing. Consistency and repetition are keys to success.
End on a Positive Note
Always try to finish a training session on a positive note, even if it means cutting a training session short. For instance, let’s assume you’ve been introducing your dog to the wireless flags and tonal correction, and for the first time, he responds correctly to the tonal correction. Even if you have three or four minutes left in the training session, it might be best to end the session on a high note, with lots of praise and attention to show your dog he made the right decision.
Offer Praise and Rewards
Ideally, all training sessions should end with positive praise and attention. Your dog learns to associate training with upcoming playtime, treats or attention, motivating him and making him eager to please.
It can take up to three weeks of static correction training before your dog learns to associate correction with wireless fence flags and understands where his new boundary is located. With patience, some dogs may learn to respond only to tonal corrections, and you can turn off the static correction. This ultimate goal can take several more weeks, and some dogs always require mild static correction to remind them of the fence proximity.
Be patient, stay consistent and offer your dog plenty of praise for correct behavior — he’ll soon learn to remain safe within his new wireless fence boundary.