What Science Says about Remote Collars

Golden Retriever, shock collar, remote collar training

Oakley, Golden Retriever (look at her video posted below)

Are you confused as to whether or not remote training collars are a humane training tool to use with your dog?  I can understand how one might be confused, if one listens to the misinformation on the internet regarding the so-called “horrors of shock collars”.  The folks who put out this misinformation may be well intended but they have no clue as to how beneficial and humane remote collars can be.  They rely on what they have heard from others and accept it as the gospel truth instead of investigating it for themselves.

As a professional dog trainer, I have thoroughly investigated the science and practical use of remote training collars for many years.  From my practice, I know there have been countless aggressive dogs who I have been able to rehabilitate with the use of a remote training collar used at the “just right setting”.  If I hadn’t been given the opportunity to intervene, these dogs would’ve been surrendered to a shelter or taken to their veterinarian to be put down. Then there are other countless non-aggressive dogs who were so highly energized before the use of a remote collar, it was becoming impossible for them to live in their family home.

Almost every day, I have the opportunity to see the positive results people make with their dog via remote collar training.  Additionally, my personal dog Draco, a high drive and former low-impulse control Belgian Malinois became a very well behaved, obedient and joy to live with companion because of her training I did with a remote collar.

There are some dog professionals who oppose remote collar training.  However, just because they are a veterinarian, behaviorist or a trainer does not mean they are correct. Their emotional charged stances are based on old and flawed studies.

Strong Veterinary, Dr. McClure, Zeke

Zeke owned by Dr. McClure, DVM of Strong Veterinary helped by remote collar training via Michigan Dog Trainer's board and train program

I have worked with numerous veterinarians who endorse the use of remote training collars when they are used with professional instruction.  Additionally, veterinarians have hired me to train their own dogs with a remote training collar because they know it to be a safe, effective and humane training tool.

The use of a remote training collar by itself is not an end all tool for every behavioral problem nor is it the right tool for all dogs and all people.  However, in most cases it can be the most effective training tool that obtains fast, reliable and humane results.

If science is your thing or you want the correct information to the truth about shock collars, check out Robin MacFarlane’s, of That’s My Dog’s thorough blog post, “Remote Collar Training – What Does Science Have to Say? Her blog, thoroughly discusses the flawed and accurate studies that have been done regarding remote training collars based on an article composed by professional dog trainer, Janeen McMurtrie of SmartDogs in Red Wing, MN.

If you want to learn how remote collar training can improve your dog’s behavior, check out Michigan Dog Trainer’s dog training services:  board and train, in-home training and remote collar group classes.

About Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of MichiganDogTrainer.com, a highly successful dog training company whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and families. Additionally, he is an expert trial witness, certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael's experience, teaching methods, and integrity. He can be contacted at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com or 734-634-4152.
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