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E-Collars and Aussies...Good Idea or Not?

by Jean
(Millbrook, NY)

I have gotten some great advice from this site. If you are a regular reader, you may have heard from me before. I am the owner of Tucker, a 5 year old male with an obsession with any kind of ball on TV... there is no watching any sporting event on my TV without locking him in another room! We have tried everything and it is getting worse. He is a great dog but when it comes to the TV, my husband and I like to say "he has got a screw loose"!

I am not a fan of e-collars but would like to know if anyone has used one and what the outcome was. My vet had told me not to use one on an Aussie because it could make matters worse. My husband has lost complete patience with the situation (can't blame him at all) and we are desperate to fix this problem. It also must be very stressful for Tucker. He just can't relax when the TV is on and anyone who says that dogs don't watch TV, have obviously not met Tucker!

Any advice on e-collars for an Aussie would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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I agree with your Vet
by: Anonymous

no, no, no, it will make him crazy. i put that on my aussie after he was neutered, and couldn't keep it on him, and that was short term. you need to help calm him down, maybe give him some natural calm pills; or you could try giving him a bone to chew on while the tv is on. either way you need to seek him some help to help him, not make him worse. does he get enough exercise? maybe, maybe, pick up a Ceasar Milan book or tape and see if you can get some tips. I know, our boys are wild and crazy at times. I resorted to a silent dog whistle,so when they bark excessively, or fight, I call their attention with it, they stop what they are doing, and come to me, and if they continue to behave I give them a treat. maybe you can try that a s well. you blow the whistle, have him come and sit calmly beside you, and give him a treat everytime he does, hopefully, he'll make the connection (they are smart, and quick learners) and that may help. worth a try. best to you and Tucker. keep us posted.

e collar
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

I would not use an e collar except under a professional. You can make matters worse.

My Dundee was so TV crazy that we could watch nothing with animals at all. He thought the TV was a window and he would run from window to window looking for what he saw on TV. Barking on TV would drive him nuts! We just lived with it for 14 1/2 years and, as you can see, he is still a topic of conversation. Just love that Tucker boy!

squirtbottle
by: yusaf

you could try to train it out of him a good way to give a strong correction is a squirt bottle with watered down vinegar. its completely harmless to the dog but they hate the taste and smell of it, whenever you have the undesired behavior just squirt him

Thanks for the Advice
by: Jean and Tucker

Thanks for your advice and it has confirmed my thoughts that using an e-collar is not a good idea. I am actually relieved because I was dreading the thought of using one!

We have tried everything (and I mean every trick in all the dog training books) but it is like a switch goes off in his head and there is no getting his attention. I like the idea of the silent whistle... I will go out and get one today and try that out! Didn't see that idea in any of the many books I read.

Thanks!

Tucker
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

PLEASE use positive reinforcement training. Go to a real "dog whisperer" who does not use harsh training methods.

Tucker
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

You can also try trick training or use the time to practice obedience training. "Doggy push-ups" are great. If you need to you can contact me personally at bgrnaussie@comcast.net

E-collars
by: Anonymous

If an e-collar is a shock collar, I use one on my aussie for the purpose of keeping her in the yard. Works great and keeps her safe.

e collar
by: Anonymous

I use an e collar on my aussie female and it works wonders. She is very well behaved normally but we live in town so I put it on her when we go out in the yard. I have never had to shock her she responds really well to just the tone. If she goes outside the yard she gets a tone and immediately turns around and comes back. Or if she is getting too excited with a visitor. It's like when she hears the tone it breaks her out of her hyped state of mind and reminds her to calm down. This does not work on all aussies though. It depends on the dog. I tried it on my male aussie who is more of an spastic energetic dog and it absolutely was the wrong move. Like I said every dog is different. If you are going to try an e collar I would borrow someones first before you spend the money on one to see how it goes. Do not buy a cheap one, they do not work and you will waste your money. I spent over $300 dollars on my nice one but I bet I spent well over $300 dollars on cheap ones that I ended up throwing away.

E collars
by: Anonymous

I have a 2 year old Aussie...also named Tucker who is a true joy to our family. Tucker began to have horrid problems with aggression toward other dogs when on a leash. We have used an E collar on him and it has changed our lives! He is now the perfectly behaved, happy Aussie that he should be!!

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