Why the e-collar?
The #1 reason we use the e collar as a tool is because it is a different sensation than what your puppy is used to.
Notice that I said “different,” not a higher level sensation.
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Mini Educator (30lbs or more)
Micro Educator (10-30lbs)
How to desensitize your Puppy
Read the manual
Cut the strap. Leave a couple extra inches of overage for your puppy’s full grown next size.
Put your puppy’s collar on 2 fingers snug. Then do something your puppy enjoys. Food training, play or chewing for example. Keep the collar on for approximately a half hour. The goal is to get your puppy focused on something it likes versus the new thing on it’s neck. If your puppy is non-stop popping it’s butt on the ground and scratching at it’s neck you should put a leash on and use both verbal, leash and body language to focus your puppy’s attention on the fun activity versus the new collar it is wearing. The other goal is to build a positive association with the e collar. You like Fridays, right? Why? Well because Fridays are the gateway to the weekend. Your puppy will see the e-collar as the gateway to fun activities too!
Repeat the last step 3 times a day for 3 days.
On the 4th day you will begin using the e collar the same way you rolled out intro to leash communication. Instead of popping on the leash via a small elbow jut at the precise time you will instead use the e-collar in its place. More info on that in the next article.