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Thread: Amateur Needs Advice on Recall Training with E-Collar

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    Default Amateur Needs Advice on Recall Training with E-Collar

    Hi,

    What's the best step-by-step method for an amateur to train the recall with an electric collar (Tritronics Sport Basic)?

    My dogs already have a good whistle recall. I have two dogs: a beagle/coonhound and a red field lab. Funny enough, it's the lab who's recall needs improvement. He also knows the 'sit', 'wait' and 'down' around me (not from a distance). However, he's easily distracted by animals and I want to lock down a better recall for all of the off-leash, outdoor hiking we do.

    I'll be using a Tritronics Sport Basic collar (if anyone has one for sale - please let me know!). I've never used an e-collar before. I know it's a powerful tool and I want to use it in the best possible way. From what I've found out so far, training using a long lead line is the best way to start.

    As you may have noticed, I'm not a hunter, nor do my dogs and I compete in professional trials. (Hats off to those who do - you and your dogs are amazing!). I just love dog training AND taking my dogs on long outdoor, off-leash walks in the wilderness. As mentioned, my main focus is a solid recall. Any advice and/or specific tips appreciated!

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    Check this out:



    I haven't seen this particular DVD but it is what I would buy if I were in your shoes. I have two of his retriever training DVDs, and I had good luck with them.
    Renee P

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    Renee, Hillmann's and Pat Nolan's methods are both fairly "soft" collar in training a reliable recall with the ecollar. I haven't seen that particular Hillmann DVD but his first two, anyway. Pretty simple for the amateur to use and understand and doesn't require two people and a dog struggling on a rope, for someone that is a novice and just wants to run their dogs offleash and on ecollar.
    Kim Pfister, Rainmaker Labs

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    I'm a novice and using Evan's video was very easy.

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    Renee

    Prolly just me and my weird way a lookin at things,, but dont you think that picture of Hillman and that crazy Jack russel is a poor representation of a "soft collar" approach?

    I mean really,, that Jack is 2 feet off the ground from the stimulation??


    Poor response in my opinion!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    Renee, Hillmann's and Pat Nolan's methods are both fairly "soft" collar in training a reliable recall with the ecollar. I haven't seen that particular Hillmann DVD but his first two, anyway. Pretty simple for the amateur to use and understand and doesn't require two people and a dog struggling on a rope, for someone that is a novice and just wants to run their dogs offleash and on ecollar.
    I see he has a Kindle book (http://www.amazon.com/Companion-Obed.../dp/B0063AC7HA), something to download (http://ponderosakennels.com/10-page[...ce_update1.pdf), and something to join (Http://www.Electronic-collar-training.com).

    I have looked at just a few of his videos that I came across on youtube, I think I was never able to find a main website. They look good!
    Renee P

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseGooser View Post
    Renee

    Prolly just me and my weird way a lookin at things,, but dont you think that picture of Hillman and that crazy Jack russel is a poor representation of a "soft collar" approach?

    I mean really,, that Jack is 2 feet off the ground from the stimulation??


    Poor response in my opinion!



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    Nah I think Hillman is just teasing him with a poofy toy!
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