Tracker is approximately 2 1/2 years old. She is a rescue dog and in that I am uncertain as to her background. When she is in the house, she is the perfect pet (for me anyhow). She has basic commands such as sit, stay, lay down, bed and come all down pat, that is until we venture outside. She goes after squirrels, raccoons, possums and pretty much any small critter that moves. Birds seem to be one of her favourites. While I can usually get her attention back with a simple voice command, the trouble begins when animals such as rabbits are on the other side of our fence. She begins to bark and point (the perfect lifted paw and tail straight) and stare. Once she is in what I call the “red zone” there is no calling her back. She will do whatever it takes to get at her “prey”. She is a soft mouth and has never killed but she loves the chase. This has included climbing the makeshift chicken wire fencing that our landlord has so inadequately provided. While she does get along with most of the dogs in our little “cottage home” community of about 20, there are others that if they happen to get close, it would be a bloodbath. I always fear for her safety.
I had initially purchased a collar that would deter her barking. I thought if she got to barking and felt a vibration or a small jolt then it would snap her out of things and she would not bother trying the fence line. I was mistaken.
I love the Patpet Professional 330 Yards Remote Pet Training Collar for Dogs and I am glad to have made the decision to try it. While I do need to be outside with her in order to give a correction, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Besides, our fencing is less than adequate so I take her out on her lead anyhow, anywhere we go whether it is the yard or a stroll in the woods. She is now learning that if she touches the fence that she will get a shock. I started her on the lowest setting of 1 and then raised it to a two. This seems to be working well thus far. I am paying more attention to her stances and ques as well to deter her attention before she fixates on things. She is starting to pause and think beforehand.
What I love about this collar are the vibrate and sound options that it has in addition to the shock. These functions I using to correct her on less offences such as jumping up or thinking about sticking her head in the garbage can.
She is very smart (sometimes I think for her own good). She remembers things well and systematically checks for faults. She did this with the fencing when we first moved in. I would walk the fence line with her many times to show her that it was the furthest she could go. She then walked the fence and began checking for weaknesses. She would watch me fix it and then she would test it. She is one smart pooch!!!
I should have bought one of these collars long ago. I think they are an effective tool in training, when used properly. I know it will be a work in progress but she is a labour of love that will never be given up upon.
Great set up instructions are included and is very easy to set up and sync the remote with the collar, which I loved.
Patpet Professional 330 Yards Remote Dog Training Collar
For dogs from 25 to 100 lbs, with Safe Tone, Vibration and Stimulation Electronic Collar with Silicone, Visible Control Buttons (For 1 Dog)
Patpet Professional 330 Yards Remote Pet Training Collar for Dogs is available on Amazon.ca
Price: $69.99 CDN (As of May 10th, 2016) Free Shipping for Prime Members
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Patpet for testing purposes. My opinions are my own and have not been altered by any influence in any way.