Remote spray collars are a great choice for pet owners who do not wish to use electronic shock stimulation when training their dog. They are often used with toy dogs or sensitive dogs that would become overly stressed by the use of other kinds of electronic collars.
Instead of using electronic stimulation, these collars emit a harmless lemon spray close to the dog’s nose, serving as a deterrent for unwanted behavior or excessive barking. A remote spray citronella collar can be used in much the same way as any other electronic collar as part of a dog’s overall basic training program. Although the dog will find the scent of the lemon spray to be unpleasant, it is completely safe for both pets and humans and will dissipate quickly. Because there isn’t even a small amount of pain involved, these collars are great for small pets or for those that are easily startled or frightened. Because they are adjustable, they can be used on any size of dog. The collar is simply worn by the dog, while the owner controls the spray or tone by using the hand held remote.
Using the Tone Feature
These collars often include a tone feature that can be used to reinforce the training process. When a dog exhibits undesirable behavior, the negative tone should first be used, followed by the citronella spray. Over time, the dog will learn to associate the negative tone with the correction spray. Eventually, only the negative tone will be needed in order to correct the negative behavior. In order to reinforce and encourage the desired behavior, the positive tone can be used. When using a remote spray collar, it’s important to use the negative tone and the spray immediately, while the dog is still in the process of performing the undesired behavior. When used in this fashion, the dog will soon associate the act of misbehavior with the undesirable consequences of the unpleasant lemon spray. The positive tone can be used in much the same way as a clicker during training. When the dog displays positive behavior, mark it with the positive tone and then give a reward.
Adjustability and Versatility
A quality remote citronella collar will be designed to provide plenty of adjustability and versatility. In addition to the positive and negative tone buttons, the level of spray is often adjustable. When using one of these collars, it’s only necessary to use the level of spray that elicits the desired result in the dog. In many cases, even a very low level of spray can be quite effective. These collars are also fully adjustable in regards to size, making them easy to use for small as well as extra large dogs.
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