Many dog owners are unaware that dog training shock collars are not the correct approach when trying to train a dog not to bark. Unfortunately, everyone wants a quick fix these days to keep their dog from barking and that is exactly what a shock collar is. . . a quick fix. These collars are overused and can be very confusing for your dog.
It is true that they do correct your dog when he “barks" but the problem is that you have used negative reinforcement to correct the behavior. Your dog responds best to positive reinforcement rather than negative.
Dog training shock collars basically tell your dog that barking is wrong. Every time he barks, he gets zapped so it must be wrong, right?
Well, why do dogs bark? All barking is not bad. Dogs bark for many reasons including keeping strangers from entering their domain and yours! There are times that you do want your dog to bark but with a shock collar they are told continuously that barking is a “bad thing". So it's easy to see why your dog could be confused about something as natural as barking.
When training your dog, it is vitally important to always follow a negative reinforcement with a positive one. Dogs LOVE to be praised and they respond very well to that. They REALLY do want to please you. So it's so important to take a hands on approach to your dogs training and not just put a shock collar on and think that will automatically take care of the problem.
With just a little extra time with your dog and the right training techniques, you won't have a need for dog training shock collars.
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