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3. Start with the Three-Action Introduction
A sequential order of training the basic commands is important to the dog's understanding of electronic dog training. We call this sequence the "three-action introduction." During the three-action introduction, the dog will learn to turn off low-level stimulation by performing three different actions. They are the actions of coming toward you, going away from you, and becoming stationary. Taught in this sequence, the dog will understand that it must perform different actions to turn off electrical stimulation. It will learn that it can always turn off the stimulation by listening for your command and responding correctly.

4. Guide the Beginner
Even though the dog knows the meaning of a command, it will not immediately understand that it should obey the command when it first feels the low-level stimulation. When this happens, some trainers are tempted to increase stimulation because they think the dog is "ignoring" the command. Don't do this! Instead, guide the dog into complying.

Make training fun for the dog. Reward it with fun bumpers.
For some procedures you should accomplish this guidance with a leash or check cord; in others, you should "talk the dog through" what it needs to do. In both cases, the goal is to eliminate the dog's option to do anything but learn to turn off the stimulation by complying with the known command.

5. Make Training Fun for the Dog
Have fun while you train. Don't make training a grind for your dog. Keep sessions short and give the dog lots of praise and fun bumpers for the right response.

Fun bumpers can be used during a training session in two ways: as a reward when the dog has earned one with a correct response, and when the dog has become uptight or bored, and just needs a lift.

When you praise your dog, tailor it to adjust the dog's attitude. Soothing praise will calm an active dog. Enthusiastic praise will build excitement in a training session and animate a dog that needs it.

6. Have the Tri-Tronics Collar on the Dog
Once collar training begins, you should have the dog wear the collar whenever you might give a command. Don't put yourself in a position where your dog can disobey commands while not wearing the electronic dog collar, and then attempt to correct the situation by putting the collar on later.

Making this mistake teaches the dog to be collar wise. It will start thinking "collar on means behave--collar off means goof off." And with good reason. You just let it compare results. Therefore, as a rule of thumb, once you start your dog's electronic collar training, it should wear its Tri-Tronics collar for at least four months in any situation in which you might give a command. When a month or more has passed and you have not needed the collar to reinforce a particular command during training, your dog has developed permanence of habit for obeying that command. At this time your dog will normally obey that command, whether or not it is wearing the collar. However, the dog should continue to wear the electronic collar during training until it has developed permanence of habit for all the commands that you reinforce with your Tri-Tronics collar.
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