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Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs

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That’s why the Innotek collars are so effective. They are capable of providing many levels of stimulation and the trainer only needs to use the amount that is necessary. The dog will only feel a slight amount of stimulation at the point where the collar makes contact and this tells the dog there is something that must be done to stop the stimulation.

A good example of this is getting the dog to stay at your side. We have the training collar and the lead on the dog. The dog is at your side and wants to get up and go. We incorporate a low level of stimulation and use the lead to bring the dog back into position. When the dog gets back into position we stop the stimulation. After repeating this a number of times then the lead is no longer necessary. The stimulation alone will enforce the necessary action.

You can incorporate commands into the training program with the collar. Tell the dog to “heel” and start the training collar stimulation. When the dog is properly in the heel position the stimulation is stopped. The dog soon realizes what the heel command means and knows that the stimulation stops when it takes its position. Should the dog move out of position, you start the stimulation again and the dog once again heels because it knows what position to be in to get the stimulation to end.

Once again, the stimulation you use should be at the very minimum. It just takes enough for the dog to feel something at the collar’s contact point.

To get the dog to quarter in front of you, use the collar and the lead. When you want the dog to change directions you activate stimulation and use the lead to guide the dog. When the dog changes directions the stimulation stops. When you want the dog to quarter the other direction you apply stimulation and use the lead to get the dog moving in the other direction and once the dog has turned, the stimulation stops. It’s not too long before the lead is not necessary because the dog understands what you want. Few, if any, voice commands are necessary.

The dog will soon understand when you tell it to heel and apply stimulation it need only go to your side and the stimulation stops. When the dog is in front of you in the field it knows to quarter because every time you need that dog to turn you apply stimulation and the dog knows if it turns and goes the other direction, the stimulation stops.

You see, we are teaching the dogs the basics. Soon the dog will perform without any stimulation or with minimal corrections because it understands exactly what you want. You can then move on to teach the dog to retrieve a bird the proper way, to sit and mark a bird when it flushes, and to bring the bird directly to you after a retrieve. Soon the dog will react properly to your every command and this will create a much more enjoyable and safe hunt for both you and your dog. Instead of chasing the wrong animals or running across roads the dog will stop when you tell it to and perform all the commands you have taught it.

Training a dog should be simple common sense. If you build the dog’s training foundation on basic principles, good results will follow.
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