wireless electric collars

by Lisa
(North Carolina)

Do Pyreneese's do well with the electric dog collars to get them to stay in a certain location?

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May 15, 2016
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Electrical collars
by: Donna

NEVER use electric shock collars on your dog unless you can use it on yourself and think it's okay.

Pyrs were bred to wander with sheep to keep them safe. They were bred to bark to keep predators away.

People want to take away the spirit and intent of the Pyr to make them into something they are not. All you are doing is confusing this dog with pain while they are working with what is instinctive to them.

Know that using a shock collar will result in a broken-spirited dog and he will eventually end up with a hairless and swollen neck.

Pyrs must only be contained with a minimum of 5 foot secure fencing (not electric since all that does is scare them so they will not want to go outside and know they will jump it and get shocked in the process).

If you want a dog who sticks around, do not get a Pyr.

May 15, 2016
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radio collars for pyrs
by: Monica

I beg to differ with Donna. We have 2 great pyrs who are trained on the radio collars and they do really well with them. We only put the collars on when the are going outside and DO NOT leave the collars on all the time. We live on 33 acres and that is still not enough space to contain a wandering pyr when he/she decides to go for a romp. With coyotes, skunks, raccoons and other wildlife nearby, our only option was the radio collar which is also great if we want to take the dogs to another house, we can just plug the unit in, affix the collars and the dogs respect the beep.
If trained properly, the radio collar is a great way to keep your pyr safe and nearby.
And NO, it did not break the spirit of either of my dogs.

May 16, 2016
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electric collars
by: Nancy in Texas

I agree with not using a shock training on our big fur babies while I understand some owners need for some other breeds. I use a training collar on my Brutus. However, I have never had the need to use a shock on him. He quickly obeys a "beep" signal from the collar which of course, never hurts him. We don't even have a wire boundary around our home for the collar. It's simply a remote control collar. We used to have the wired fence to begin training him 4 years ago. He learns quickly even though he is still stubborn sometimes. Brutus is an inside pet, so when he needs to go outside, I always know when he's out. He will sometimes travel to the very front part of our property and stand there contemplating whether or not he should stay or stray. I'm always watching him. In those "I think I'm going to sneak away" thoughts of his, I wait and watch. When he takes his first stay across the "invisible" line, I have control in hand and just touch the little green button. He immediately turns around and heads back home. It's always a very long time, like a month or so, before he ever tries it again. I know he will always "sneak" when he can, but even when he does he never travels but a few yards away before he comes back. Maybe I just have an exception to the breed. I really don't know. But I do know that an actual shock is not necessary. I personally think these beautiful and smart animals can learn without having to shock them. Just sayin'....

May 19, 2016
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Shock Collars
by: Donna

I recommend trying a shock collar on yourself a few times before you decide on that choice.

Any rescues I've volunteered with would not let a dog to a home who would use a shock collar.

We only allow well-secured fenced areas.

Again, wandering is in their makeup. If you don't want to fence, get another dog.

Here is a link to Carolina's Rescue website and their view on shock collars:

http://www.cgpr.org/why-shock-collar-arent-acceptable

Here is an article on shock collars by Dr. Sophia Yin, world-renowned vet behaviourist:

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/are-electronic-shock-collars-painful-or-just-annoying-to-dogs-a-new-study-r/

May 26, 2016
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collars
by: Anonymous

My pyr has an underground fence because she escaped out the door after our cat and was almost hit by a car. I was so scared I decided to get an Underground fence so she could go out any of the four doors of the house and be safe not just the door with a physical fence. She was only actually shocked twice by collar during the first week of training her not to cross the flags. Now she knows her boundary and is not shocked. I think these collars are different from "shock at will" collars some use to train obedience. Her very brief period of training seems worth it to have ended the risk of her being hurt or killed by a car. And believe me she is full of spirit. A typical independent pyr. Please do not say I don't deserve my sweet baby because of how I have chosen to keep her safe. I love her so much and she is my best friend. I take her everywhere, make her her own healthy dog food, play, and cuddle with her. Sometimes I even let my children play with her 😊

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