The Electric Collar with Michael Ellis: Selecting & Conditioning Your Dog to the Collar DVD
This DVD is the first of 2 DVDs with Michael Ellis on the proper use of the Remote collar. The first DVD in this series will cover how to select the correct remote collar for your dog, how to determine the levels to use during your training, and how to properly condition your dog to the electric collar. The DVD will also cover the prerequisites for what your dog should already know prior to layering the remote collar over behaviors. By the end of this DVD, you will have a thorough understanding of how to begin your remote collar work in a way that eliminates any superstitious associations that your dog may develop from the remote collar.
A. Escape/Avoidance training
B. Negative Reinforcement
C. Positive Punishment
D. Superstitious Associations
E. Active Stressor… "Mover"
F. Suppressive Stressor… "Freezer"
G. Opposition Reflex
3) Classical and Operant Conditioning.
4) The good and the bad of escape/avoidance training.
A. Fast and persistent: Mild stress can speed the learning of escape based behaviors and convert them to long term memories.
B. Persistence of mistakes…unforgiving.
C. Strong stress inhibits the learning of anything other than escape based behaviors and can override the dog's ability to create memories. Strong stress or fear kicks in defensive mechanisms (fight/flight, diversion of blood to muscles, adrenaline production, etc.) that can impair the conscious connections between behavior and outcomes.
D. Superstitious Associations and generalized inhibition.
5) Shaping behavior in a reward based system as a precursor to escape/avoidance work (the addition of correction or “pressure” to our work. Why is this important?
6) Choosing and fitting an Electronic collar.
A. Common features:
1. Parts of a collar: strap, receiver, transmitter, contact points, etc.
2. Features: size, range, power, momentary/continuous stimulation, lights, etc.
3. Two receivers vs. one
B. Fitting a collar
7) Neutralizing and habituating the dog to the collar before use.
8) Prerequisites to collar use revisited: what your dog needs to know.
A. Behaviors that we intend to use the collar on during conditioning are taught well (ideally with rewards) and the dog is relatively fluent in different environments. Does my dog know what I’m asking and do they know there is something in it for them?
B. Leash pressure: section specifically on leash pressure in the Focused Heeling DVD.
9) Setting stimulation levels.
A. Momentary vs. continuous…use momentary unless dog is very insensitive, then use “bump” on continuous.
B. Start low, with momentary
C. Common reactions.
10) Conditioning the dog to the collar. What we do and why it is different than what we will do when using collar…inherently unfair.
A. Layering collar over behavior with leash and momentary (or bump on continuous) simultaneously after command.
a. Come, back, down, touch, or come and touch. Momentary or continuous tap/bump.
B. Come and touch with continuous. Escape/negative reinforcement. Stim on, command, help if necessary with leash, stim off when dog complies. Dog shuts off collar.
C. Avoiding superstitious associations by not having the dog doing OB, or interacting strongly with people, dogs, or the environment while conditioning the collar.
D. Active stressors vs. suppressive stressors and the importance of the leash to help success.
11) Conclusion and reference to part two (using the collar on behavior).