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Shock Collar Training for Aggressive Dogs

Does your dog lunge at other dogs or people? Perhaps they’ve displayed aggressive behavior that makes you wary of letting them out of the house. 

You may be able to teach them good behavior by training them with a shock collar. Here are a few tips on how to train your aggressive dog by using a shock collar.

How to Use a Shock Collar for Training Aggressive Dogs

For an in-depth look as to how a shock collar can be used to train a dog, you should watch this informative Youtube video:

It goes over a specific model of a shock collar, but since shock collars are similar to one, it’s an excellent resource for what you can expect from them and how to use them.

To further break down how to train your dog with a shock collar, here are a few steps.

The first is to understand the shock collar. How many intensity levels are there and what kind of modes does it provide?

You may find that you just need to use vibration in order to dissuade your dog from aggressive behavior. You should safely test the collar against your arm to determine what stimulation levels you are comfortable with giving to your dog.

Once the collar is secured to your dog, you should begin with boundary training. Using a long leash, you should walk your dog in an area with minimal distractions.

Just before they reach the end of the line, you should give them a pulse of vibration. If they look back at you, which is called checking in with you, you should reward them with a treat.

When they walk back to you of their own accord, you should also give them praise and a treat. As they become used to sticking close to your side, you can add in distractions like other people and dogs and continue boundary training.

With the base training covered, you can then start other forms of training like stopping and sitting. Again, low-level shocks can be used to give them a sharp punishment if they misbehave.

However, any good behavior should be immediately rewarded.

Do shock collars work for aggressive dogs?

Shock collars can work on aggressive dogs provided that you use a shock collar with a strong enough stimulation. Aggressive dogs can sometimes be so focused on the subject of their aggression that they don’t notice they’re being given a shock.

In this case, you’ll need to use a higher stimulation level. When purchasing a shock collar, you should select a model that offers a large range of stimulation levels.

The range provides you with more flexibility. You may find that your dog only needs a low stimulation level to stop their aggressive behavior.

Others may need higher settings. With a large range, you’re more likely to find a stimulation level that is perfect for your dog.

In addition, shock collars can work on aggressive dogs provided you train them properly. Negative reinforcement, the shock, should be coupled with positive reinforcement like treats or praise to help them distinguish between good and bad behavior.

Without doing so, the aggressive dog may learn to hate the collar rather than be steered away from bad behavior.

Do shock collars cause aggression?

If your dog is already aggressive, then the shock collar did not likely cause it. However, it can make dogs wary of wearing the collar if they associate wearing it with pain.

This is why it’s important to mix positive reinforcement with the shock collar. Dogs typically respond better to positive treatment.

The shock collar should be used minimally and only to initially gain your dog’s attention. It’s the positive reinforcement that will encourage the dog to continue performing good behavior over bad behavior.

Finally, shock collars might make the dog more wary or aggressive towards the trainer if it used without positive reinforcement. They might associate pain with that person and become fearful or aggressive towards them.

Is shock collar training cruel?

While using stimulation to train may seem cruel, it isn’t inherently. Before using a shock collar on your dog, you should use it against your own skin first.

This can help you determine whether the shock is too intense. If you wouldn’t use that high of a level of stimulation on yourself, then why would you do so on your dog?

Using shock collars requires some form of responsibility. You have to be aware of the pain tolerance of your dog and also have a lot of patience with them.

They’re willing to learn and can be encouraged away from bad behavior. All they need is proper training.

That being said, it can be used cruelly in the wrong hands. A shock collar should never be attached to your dog for longer than 12 hours at a time.

You should also try only shocking them in bursts rather than giving a long and drawn-out shock.

Why is my dog getting more aggressive?

If your dog is becoming more aggressive after the use of a shock collar, then it could be because you’re using the shock collar alone to dissuade bad behavior. All they have to focus on is the shock collar and the pain associated with it.

You should try utilizing positive reinforcement in the form of treats to help encourage them to be less aggressive. The video posted earlier gives excellent examples of when to use the shock collar and when to administer treats.

If your dog continues to display aggressive behavior, then you might want to try only using the vibration setting on the collar for a while. You may also want to give the remote to someone else, so the dog doesn’t become aggressive towards you.

Finally, the shock may be too strong. The sensation may be too uncomfortable for them.

As a result, they’re anxious and angry over wearing that collar. You should try using a smaller level of stimulation to give them a warning rather than to punish them.

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