For your first session, make sure that everything is ready to work.

  • Ensure that the batteries in the PACDOG collar and PACDOG transmitter have sufficient charge (see the charging section in your PACDOG instructions for use).
  • Check that the PACDOG collar is turned on and tuned to match your PACDOG handset (see ON/OFF & RESET in your PACDOG instructions for use).
  • Fit the PACDOG collar and check that it is a snug fit (see earlier section – Progression to Live Training).
  • Having determined the appropriate Intensity level for your dog (see previous section), be ready to set it when required.
  • In the case of dogs endowed with a thick coat, it might be necessary to use a hair trimmer to remove some of his “high insulation” fur from under the neck, to allow better probe contact (N.B. trim down to the undercoat – not to the skin!).
  • His fur will grow back to normal in a short while. Alternatively, you might need to change over to the smaller radius probes (supplied with your kit) that should enable better contact with your dog’s neck.
  • Conductivity can be enhanced using an aqueous gel, similar to that used by physiotherapists.
  • In most cases it should now be time to let the dog off his lead … but, if you are training him against other-animal-chasing (e.g. sheep), since you will have no clear idea how your dog will respond, you might like to attach a long flexi-line as an additional fail-safe (see our Long Lead Training Lines here).

Note if, during an attempted correction, no reaction is observed, you might need to increase the correction level (this should be done gradually).

Training Styles

There are two distinct training strategies that are normally used with your PACDOG Remote Trainer. They are ..


Enforcement of obedience
where dogs are wilfully hard-of-hearing or just plain headstrong - running away, refusing to respond to recall or running in on birds and other game, or animals


Aversion therapy
to create an aversion to his anti-social behaviour or activity, such as

  • Chasing or worrying sheep and other stock
  • Chasing other animals
  • Chasing cars, joggers, walkers, cyclists, postmen etc.
  • Jumping up on people or stealing food
  • Eating unpleasant deposits, such as other dogs' faeces, or eating stones.
  • Escaping through a particular gap in the hedge or fence.
  • Dogs pulling on the lead
Enforcement of Obedience - Training Style

If for example, you were trying to correct a recall problem, call him using your normal voice command or whistle. If he does not respond, call him again while pressing the Tone or Vibration pre-warning button, if he does not respond, call him again in a manner that suggests your displeasure and working from the minimum correction level on the handset upwards press the correction button initially for about ½ second until the dog reacts, thus enforcing your command. If he then comes, praise him, your dog should return to you, encouraged by your praise. If appropriate, you may also wish to use a reward such as a titbit. More often than not, the one correction should cause your dog to obey your command to -come-, to -sit-, to -lie- or whatever. Check that you have achieved your obedience objectives over several more training sessions before gradually reducing the number of times he has to wear the collar.

Aversion Therapy - Training Style

Where dogs exhibit anti-social behaviour such as eating their own, or other animals’ faeces, swallowing stones, chasing bikes or cars etc. and often in the case of animal worrying, the technique known as “aversion therapy” is used. For this therapy, it is even more important that the dog has been properly trained to the “dummy effect” so that there is absolutely no association with the equipment.

In this strategy, it will be your objective to encourage the perception that there is some sort of magic ring around his quarry. You must appear not to notice what he is doing and to appear to take no part in the correction. You give no commands. In this way, he will be conditioned to believe that his action alone is the cause of his discomfort. In other words, he must believe that the act of picking up faeces or stones, or chasing bikes or cars actually causes the unpleasant sensation. He must not be given any indication that you have had anything to do with it, although, having just been corrected, he is very likely to come back to you for comfort. At this stage, of course, you should be prepared to make a fuss and to praise him.

This technique is also very successfully applied to dogs that are worrying other animals such as sheep, deer, cattle, cats, chickens etc., where the dog is led to believe that his quarry has teeth in its backside. But, it should not normally be applied in cases of aggression towards humans or other dogs unless specifically advised by a qualified trainer or behaviourist.

We would point out at this stage that while your dog might have responded well to the line during conventional, obedience training, when teaching him to leave sheep, for example - his desire level will almost certainly increase dramatically when in full flight. You should therefore be prepared to quickly increase the stimulation level to counterbalance. Just one correction at high level should be sufficient to stop him in this adrenaline-assisted rush. After one or two further attempts, he should have got the message and sheep should be off the menu, once and for all!

Many dogs’ most damning faults that normally require aversion therapy for their long-term cure should only be tackled whilst the dog is in the process of committing the offence. But faults like chasing other animals often only occur quite unexpectedly, when on, for example, a walk in the countryside. This is at a time when perhaps you could be taken by surprise, quite unprepared for the occasion, and possibly miss the opportunity to correct the problem before it is too late. Remember the correct timing of a correction is extremely important. Clearly, it would be far better to avoid this, by planning and setting up the situation in advance, such that you can anticipate your dog’s reaction, without suddenly having to grope for the handset in a panic. The initiative should therefore remain with you when he encounters the sheep or deer, since you will know what is going to happen and when it does, you will be prepared to correct the fault at the most appropriate moment.

For a dog with a history, for instance, of persistent sheep chasing/worrying, some trainers would prefer to take him into a field with sheep and to give him a significant correction whenever he turns his head to “eye” to the sheep. Others prefer to let the dog chase and get near to the quarry before administering a correction. Both approaches are extremely effective, but remember - no command is given in these cases. You should appear neither to have taken part in nor even to have noticed the sheep or your dog’s reaction to them. The use of a long flexi-line can be useful here, as a safety back up – just in case something goes wrong – like 1) the PACDOG collar has not been fitted properly and or set correctly 2) the dog is sufficiently aroused to ignore the stimulation or 3) he is too well insulated (electrically) - trim his fur a little (see earlier section)

Tone or Vibration Function

See ENFORCEMENT OF OBEDIENCE section

The Tone or Vibration facility on your PACDOG Remote Trainer should be seen quickly to be the preferred solution to long-term obedience training. It reinforces your voice command or whistle by giving the Tone or Vibration pre-warning when needed. Once the dog has had the correction a few times the Tone or Vibration pre-warning is usually enough to make him respond to your voice command or whistle. Training should then progress till he begins to defer to your command - without waiting for the tone or vibration warning. All that remains thereafter is to wean him off the collar altogether

Beside the above, super-humane, progressive, training method, the tone or vibration facility can be used effectively

  • With deaf or hard of hearing dogs
  • With hard-headed, younger dogs
  • With highly sensitive dogs
  • With older dogs or dogs suffering from a suspected medical condition
  • Quietly and discreetly to warn the dog that he is pushing his luck
  • In situations where a loud command could unnerve others in the immediate vicinity (e.g. joggers, cyclists and children)
  • Where your command could affect the behaviour of other dogs
  • Where it would be undesirable to alert others to your presence, or to that of your dog
  • To alert a dog to your signal when he is some way off
  • To attract your dog’s attention where there is a high level of extraneous noise
  • In the final stages of training, this is an ideal situation for the long-term control of obedience
Warnings

You should aim to switch between tone or vibration pre-warning and correction or strong vibration correction on the PAC Buzz collar, in less than one second. This is simple on PACDOG handsets with separate tone buttons. But when operating a handset in multidog Mode, where each dog is controlled from a single trigger, you should practise, without Involving the dog, your ability to alternate accurately between the warning tone or vibration and the correction level for any particular dog.

As the training programme progresses, your dog should respond more readily to your commands and your use of correction reduce, thus allowing you to use tone or vibration signals, with little or no need to change to correction.

If during training your dog is confronted with another animal (e.g. an aggressive dog or stroppy cow) be careful in the use of the PACDOG collar, whether using tone/vibration or correction, if your dog is distracted during the confrontation, it might just give the other animal (the aggressor) a moment’s advantage, to your dog’s disadvantage. Try to anticipate the situation by getting your dog’s attention - and recalling him in good time.

We also suggest that initial training be carried out in an area of high visibility in order that you may interact with your dog correctly. It would be wrong to attempt a correction if you cannot see the dog or what he is doing. At the moment you press the trigger button, your dog will form an association with it. If, for example, he were on his way back to you at that time, it would create a negative effect in your dog’s mind. Similarly, if you were to correct him when in the act of picking up game he might well associate the correction in a manner that might put him off retrieving. Again, we stress, "Timing is of the essence".

Some dogs with behavioural problems on-the-line will respond in an altogether different manner off-the-lead; since they know full well whether they are on or off the line (or lead). In this case, the initial training of such dog’s off-the-lead should ideally be carried out in a secure area such as a tennis court, enclosed garden or well-fenced field.

From a general animal welfare point of view, it is good practice never to lend the equipment to third parties unless you are confident that they are thoroughly aware of how it works and how it should be used. To this end, please insist that any other prospective user should read this PACDOG Training Guide, followed by the PACDOG Operating Guide before having access to a live training session with the PACDOG remote trainer.

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Reversion to Old Habits

Once your dog has been cured, he should be safe off the lead and, provided he has not been presented with blatant temptations, or slack or sloppy instructions on your part, he should enjoy an unfettered freedom for the rest of his life. But reversion to old habits (recidivism) can occur, particularly with headstrong or very intelligent dogs. It is your responsibility, as a trainer (and owner) to make sure this does not occur.

When you have completed your dog’s obedience training with the PACDOG collar, remember that he should, ever after, regard you as top-dog. Be sure, therefore, before giving a command, that the command is necessary. And when you do issue it make sure it is obeyed fully. Otherwise, your dog could start to slip back into his old ways, since he might start to view your stewardship of the ‘top-dog’ position as doubtful.

So we repeat – PACDOG Training collars are wonderful aids to training where conventional methods have failed, but they are not intended as a shortcut to conventional training or as an excuse for poor or shoddy training (or control).

The PACDOG Team

In the case of anti-social behaviour, the strength of the instinctive and inherent genes of the dog is often strongly embedded. A fully trained dog, left to his own devices, in some cases, might sooner or later revert to ancestral instincts no matter how well trained, especially if he is continually confronted with unchecked temptation. Guard against this on a continuing basis. If necessary, a regular refresher programme of correction might be required.

Summary

  • Read and understand fully the PACDOG Operating instructions, to be sure the equipment will work as, and when, you want it to.
  • Go through the “dummy” familiarisation process to minimise his 'PACDOG collar' awareness and to maximise your long-term advantage.
  • Determine the ideal correction level for your dog - for obedience and/or for aversion training styles.
  • Make sure the kit is appropriately charged and ready to use before each training session. Never leave the PACDOG equipment for more than two months without fully charging.
  • Fit the PACDOG collar snugly for training sessions, but check daily for neck irritation, never leave the PACDOG collar on the dog for more than 12 hours per day particularly when using the smaller radius probes (normally used for long-haired breeds).
  • Be sure only to correct when necessary and with good timing. If in doubt, avoid a correction.
  • Limit each intensive training session to last no longer than your dog can concentrate (i.e. less than 1/2 hour for dogs under 2 years old) and even then limit it to a maximum of three or four items of collar use. After which take the dog home to let him reflect on what he has learnt.
  • If you are new to the use of the PACDOG remote trainers, try initially to limit the instantaneous correction time - either by using ‘momentary’ mode or by sending a short (1/2 second) correction in ‘continuous’ mode. If appropriate, use the tone or vibration pre-warning facility, wherever possible, in place of the correction.
  • Wean your dog gradually off the PACDOG training collar.
  • Always turn the PACDOG collar off after a training session. And, best of all, remove it altogether.
  • Do not allow anyone else to use the equipment unless you are confident it will be in safe, caring and knowledgeable hands.

Finally

Beware of excessive use. A trigger-happy trainer might not only upset his dog with the equivalent of constant ‘nagging’, which would devalue the tool from magic wand to invisible stick. So, if possible, please think twice before giving a correction, treating each time you press any of the triggers - as though you were using a limited supply of golden bullets.

Sheep chasing can be cured with just one or two, timely corrections. A headstrong dog that has always to wear the PACDOG collar as an insurance policy in critical areas of the countryside, should almost certainly start to exhibit a high level of obedience, with the occasional, tone or vibration-only reminder - perhaps only a couple of times a month.

Always be prepared to seek advice from PACDOG (or your PACDOG agent), qualified trainer or behaviourist. Meanwhile, good luck with your training and please let us know how you get on. We are always delighted to receive testimonial letters or emails from our clients.