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Turns out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. You just need these Howcast videos, which include advice on how to train a puppy.
You Will Need
- Basic commands
- Proper use considerations
- Corrected behavior
- Awareness of injury possibilities
Recognize limits of use
Recognize that young puppies can be taught basic commands -- to sit, stay, or stand -- without the use of a training collar. They can also be taught to walk on a leash without using one.
Know proper uses
Consider using a training collar on a dog that has been given too much license as a puppy, that is completely distracted by its surroundings, or that is being handled by someone not physically strong enough to work with it.
Teach negative consequences
Use the training collar to teach the dog negative consequences associated with undesirable behavior -- for example, pulling at its leash. When the dog exhibits the desired behavior, give it a reward.
Recognize the risks
Recognize that dog training collars can injure a dog if not used properly. Depending on the type of collar, injuries may include soft tissue damage, or disc and spinal damage.
Plan to use the training collar to train the dog, not as a tool to manipulate it every time you go for a walk. Use the collar to get the dog under control, and then revert to a more friendly type of collar. Walks should be something that both you and your dog enjoy!