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Old 01-22-2016, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello everyone!

We have decided to use an E collar on our girl to help her stop chasing the cat, and obsessing over the underside of the porch (where the cat likes to hide from her, and what also happens to be a nice garden with blueberry bushes that are getting trampled).

We are working with a trainer who will help us introduce her to it, and train us to use it properly.

I am curious to hear from others who use one. Do you have any tips, tricks, advice, etc?

The collar I invested in has a vibrate and beep option as well. How do you use these features if you have them?

Thank you!
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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An E collar won't get rid of prey drive. You're better off just keeping the dog and cat separated.
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An E collar won't get rid of prey drive. You're better off just keeping the dog and cat separated.
I'm not looking to get rid of her prey drive. She is perfectly capable of not chasing the cat. If I can get to her leash in time to do a leash connection, she doesn't look at the cat again for at least 5 minutes, but the issue is getting to her in time. The E collar will give me the opportunity to be able to correct her from across the room. It's just a super fun game that she can't resist sometimes; it's 100% play. Her tail wags, she will stick her bum up in the air and jump side to side, and when she 'catches' the cat, she just stands over her, tail wagging waiting for her to move again.

While I am training with her, the cat could run right past her, and she'll ignore her. There are days that the cat could walk past her, and she won't even care, and then there are others that she'll seek out the cat and stick her nose up her bum to make her run because she's bored.

Does this make sense?
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That's how my dog behaves with our cat. I'm interested to hear what others have to say.

We always keep them separate while we are gone or if no one is watching them. Otherwise we just keep an eye on them and correct him if he gets to frisky with her. Sometimes the cat will chase after him tho. Haha
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That's how my dog behaves with our cat. I'm interested to hear what others have to say.

We always keep them separate while we are gone or if no one is watching them. Otherwise we just keep an eye on them and correct him if he gets to frisky with her. Sometimes the cat will chase after him tho. Haha
We keep Ginger crated when we're not around/home. She's a chewer and LOVES to take apart my balls of yarn otherwise...

I hope someday that our cat will stick up for herself like yours! haha, that is amazing, I love it!

I'll let you know how it goes with the E collar and this behavior
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I'm not looking to get rid of her prey drive. She is perfectly capable of not chasing the cat. If I can get to her leash in time to do a leash connection, she doesn't look at the cat again for at least 5 minutes, but the issue is getting to her in time. The E collar will give me the opportunity to be able to correct her from across the room. It's just a super fun game that she can't resist sometimes; it's 100% play. Her tail wags, she will stick her bum up in the air and jump side to side, and when she 'catches' the cat, she just stands over her, tail wagging waiting for her to move again.

While I am training with her, the cat could run right past her, and she'll ignore her. There are days that the cat could walk past her, and she won't even care, and then there are others that she'll seek out the cat and stick her nose up her bum to make her run because she's bored.

Does this make sense?
I didn't mean anything personal by it, I was just making a suggestion.
I've never liked E collars. I know some people swear by them, but I've never had any success with them. If it's just play, it should be possible to just discipline her as you would with any other behavior.

Here's a decent article on the subject- Can I Get My Dog to Stop Chasing the Cat?
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I didn't mean anything personal by it, I was just making a suggestion.
I've never liked E collars. I know some people swear by them, but I've never had any success with them. If it's just play, it should be possible to just discipline her as you would with any other behavior.

Here's a decent article on the subject- Can I Get My Dog to Stop Chasing the Cat?
I didn't take it personal, I was just explaining my reasoning behind it I know how you feel about them, but I did a lot of research, and found that, when used correctly, they do the same as a leash correction does, and since that's what we are using to train her now, it made sense.

This looks like an awesome article. I don't have time to read it now, but I've definitely bookmarked it to read later, thank you!
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That's how my dog behaves with our cat. I'm interested to hear what others have to say.

We always keep them separate while we are gone or if no one is watching them. Otherwise we just keep an eye on them and correct him if he gets to frisky with her. Sometimes the cat will chase after him tho. Haha
Heather,

I wanted to let you know that after not even a week of working with Ginger and the E collar, she not only coexists with the cat perfectly without any issues, but she also listens to me when the neighbor's dog is outside! She doesn't have to always be wearing the collar, either. I let her wear it, and switch up when I actually use it so she doesn't associate the corrections with the collar itself, so I have control over her all the time.

She was very confused at first, not understanding how we could be correcting her from across the yard, but once she realized that they were only corrections, and that if she listened they would never happen, she started listening all the time.

I also wanted to share the collar I am using, as I really like it and it is a great price.

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