Training Tips

This PACDOG Training Guide has been assembled to incorporate advice and guidance from a variety of dog experts, trainers’, behaviourists’ veterinary professionals and several anonymous personnel involved with animal welfare organisations. The content of the Guide has also been influenced by contributions from our very large client base Thousands of dogs’ lives have been saved and tens of thousands more dogs now enjoy a quality of life and freedom that have been improved - beyond all recognition. The use of PACDOG collars has resulted in an enormous reduction in heartache and frustration for their owners and trainers.

Furthermore use of PACDOG collars has also prevented countless situations where dogs might otherwise have killed or painfully maimed other creatures, for example, sheep, deer and chickens. In a recent survey of PACDOG clients, over 50% owned dogs that originally suffered from ‘selective hearing’. Again, 50% had had chasers’, of whom 70% worried sheep. Over 90% of all clients claimed that their PACDOG training had been successful. An out of control dog is a danger to himself, a menace to others and a huge liability to his owner. Not only is he is at risk of getting shot or run over, but he could also cause accidents that at worst can be fatal.

A dog that just cannot be trusted, or that is persistently disobedient, unruly, or plain anti-social, despite hours, days, weeks or months of attempted conventional training, Is a threat to his own longevity. Thus he becomes a prisoner to the house or yard; and, lf he is lucky enough to get ‘exercised’, he will also be a lifelong prisoner to the lead, which is no life for your dog - nor satisfaction for you, since one of the main pleasures of owning a dog is to see him enjoying himself. If your dog is driving you to distraction…and driving himself to an early demise through sheep chasing, deer hunting or harassing any other animal several fields or gardens away - or simply being a nuisance to others in the park, then the powerful arm of a PACDOG Remote Trainer should enable you to discourage him, quickly and for all time.

Although we do not normally recommend correction at ultra-long distances, if you can still see your dog half a mile (800 metres) or more away, or if he can still hear your voice- or whistle-commands, then the PACDOG Remote Trainer can extend your sphere of influence and control with confidence. Indeed, the level of correction, whether it need be a mild ‘pins and needles’ sensation (or strong vibration correction with the PAC Buzz collar) for minor disobedience problems - or a more appropriately powerful deterrent against life threatening Or anti-social behaviour will always be faithfully reproduced.

The distance between the trainer and the dog will not affect the required correction strength. A PACDOG Remote Trainer is a wonderful aid to training where conventional methods have failed, but it is not intended either as a shortcut to conventional training or an excuse for poor or shoddy training. It must also be stressed that it is a training aid - not a punishment tool. Furthermore, the unit is not itself a trainer. That responsibility lies in your hands. If you are of the school that believes that more gets rapid results, or you are of an impetuous disposition, then It Is very unlikely that this tool is for you. For the sake of your dog’s welfare, never allow access to this equipment, either to children - or anyone else who is unaware of the collar’s function and its recommended usage.

WHY USE A PACDOG REMOTE TRAINING COLLAR

It is utterly pointless attempting to correct a dog some minutes, or even seconds after he has ‘committed an offence’, since he will hardly be able to associate the punishment with the crime. Any late reprimand will not be understood, making the dog believe that the trainer is cruelly dominant, and cause him to be reluctant in future to come back… just to be ‘punished’.

Training then takes a giant leap - backwards! Furthermore, corporal punishment can easily result in damage to the dog, both psychologically and physically. Not all dogs respond to standard “compulsive” or -reward” training methods, and until you encounter a difficult dog, it is hard to imagine the need for a PACDOG Remote Trainer. The use of such a tool as a last resort can be extremely effective in curing a comprehensive range of problems - quickly and usually pain-free. Correct use of the device will inevitably elevate the trainer to surrogate ‘pack-leader’ or ‘top dog’ ... Indeed, once the trainer has established his dominant position, there should be no need for him to be the least bit physical with his dog; and, before long, a calm but firm word (or whistle) command should suffice. Indeed, constantly ‘nagging’ a headstrong dog will be a thing of the past. Making walks or training sessions much more pleasurable for both the dog and his trainer.


The enormous power of the PACDOG system, as a training instrument, lies not so much with the strength of correction available, which can be awesome, but more with the timing of the correction, either during or immediately following the deed. It is believed that a dog’s limited ability for logical reasoning will cause him quickly to associate his disobedience or undesirable act, with the correction. The message gets home very quickly and because the timing is so immediate, the level of correction needs most often to be no more than a slight tickling discomfort or a very strong vibration with the PAC Buzz collar.

Since it is possible to use such low levels of correction, it will not inhibit the dog’s spirit. Indeed, the correction should be rather like a very long, invisible check-cord that tingles, but does not tangle. Many users have found that their dogs tend to bond more closely when they have been trained with the PACDOG Remote Trainer.


This most likely happens because, after a correction, the dog comes back with the view that “There’s something quite scary out there – but at least you’re a friendly face- and you can praise him for being so good! The use of the tone or Vibration facility in conjunction with, or in place of, electrical stimulation (or Strong Vibration correction on PAC BUZZ Collar), enhances even further the PACDOG Series as the quickest, most effective and most humane training tool available

(see Tone or Vibration Function).


WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT USE A PACDOG REMOTE Trainer

If your dog has a medical condition, such as a heart problem. It is essential that you seek the advice from your veterinary specialist, before starting any training with the active collar. If your dog is of a nervous disposition be sure to check the effect of the stimulation (or strong vibration correction on PAC Buzz collar) while the dog is on a secure line or in a safe area.

Training should cease if there are any signs of trauma. Do not use a PACDOG remote trainer on your dog less than six months of age for any reason. Never use it on a dog younger than about ten months old for obedience training, since he must first understand completely the command that you give before you make any attempt to correct him using the stimulus. (See section on Tone or Vibration Function)

THE DUMMY FAMILIARISATION PERIOD It is very important that your dog does not associate the correction with the PACDOG collar. Otherwise you will have lost some of your advantage, since he will soon realise that when he is wearing the collar he will have to behave himself. And when he is not ... he can do just what he jolly well pleases! As a result, he will very likely have to wear the collar most of the time when he is out; and the system starts to be used as a deterrent, rather than a training tool.

To avoid this realisation, you will need to familiarise your dog with the collar by fitting the PACDOG Collar on the dog, turned off, for at least 10 - 14 days, before you enter the active training phase. The main aim of the “dummy phase” Is to condition your dog to the shape, weight and feel of this strange, new PACDOG collar. To ensure a good result, he should be made to wear it more or less continuously (but no more than 12 hours a day) for the first two or three days ... and certainly always when taken out for exercise. Indeed, to make sure that the dog treats the new PACDOG collar with complete indifference, take the PACDOG collar off, at home and during his walks, count till, 10, and then put the PACDOG collar back on. Do this several times, every day, almost ad nauseam. But during the first week, fit the PACDOG collar loosely (make sure collar is still turned off at this stage) so that it flops around and make its presence felt, deliberately making the dog aware that it is there.

He
then gets used to it; soon ignores it and forgets about it Thereafter, for the next few days, whenever you take him out, fit the PACDOG collar just a little bit tighter each time. Positioned centrally on the front of his neck, you can just get each of two fingers under the two probes*. If the dog’s neck tapers, position the PACDOG collar at the narrowest section (nearest his head). Most dogs will eventually associate the fitting of the PACDOG collar with good fun and after several days you should have achieved this objective. The ideal position of the contact probes is at the front centre point of his neck.

PROGRESSION TO LIVE TRAINING If your dog needs to be taken out on a lead, or to be attached to a line, he should also wear a normal collar at the same time.

Never attach a line to the PACDOG collar, as this might damage it. If you feel you might need to use a line during training with the PACDOG collar, give him complete freedom of the line. Do not be in too much of a hurry to introduce your dog to a live situation. Ideally you should only do this after you have firmly

established an appropriate intensity setting - for your dog - and that you are getting a positive response. Despite all the subterfuge with the “dummy” process, there have been instances where some dogs also get to associate the correction with the presence of the PACDOG handset. It is our strong recommendation, therefore, that you are very discreet when handling it (the handset}. Ideally it should be kept out of sight - under your jacket - or perhaps in a top jacket-pocket.

If your dog were to suspect the PACDOG handset had something to do with the corrections, he would start to regard it as the ‘thing’ rather than ‘you as top dog’ with miraculous power; possibly diminishing some of your advantage. BUT, just in case you are unable to hide it, carry the PACDOG handset with you (using the lanyard around your neck) during the “dummy” training period to disguise and enhance the effect.

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IMPORTANT

Be careful not to over tighten the PACDOG collar: and remember always (at least daily) to check for soreness before fitting the PACDOG collar.

Avoid leaving the PACDOG collar on for over 12 hours per day and wash the dog’s neck area weekly.

In the event of any sign of irritation, leave the PACDOG collar off for a day or two, before progressing with your training programme. If longer sessions are necessary (e.g. on a long walk), make more frequent checks for soreness or irritation - especially if you are using the smaller radius probes (for thicker coated breeds).

Just as it is unwise to leave a car unattended with its engine running, it is safer, and therefore preferable, not to leave an active PACDOG collar on an unattended dog for long periods of time, particularly since the prolonged wearing of a ‘snug-fitting’ collar is likely to become uncomfortable. Also, by the same token, although faults on active PACDOG collars are extremely rare, this precautionary measure will avoid any chance of inadvertent accidental or even malicious actuation.




Training Guide For PAC RemoteTrainers


This Guide has been assembled to incorporate advice and guidance from a variety of dog experts, trainers, behaviorists,veterinary professionals and several anonymous personnel involved with animal welfare organisations. The content of the Guide has also been influenced by contributions from PAC’s very large client base.

Thousands of dogs’ lives have been saved, and tens of thousands more dogs now enjoy a quality of life and freedom that have been improved - beyond all recognition. At the same time, the use of PAC’s collars has resulted in an enormous reduction in heart ache and frustration for their owners and trainers. Furthermore and conversely, use of the collar has also prevented countless situations where dogs might otherwise have killed or painfully maimed other creatures, for example, sheep, deer and chickens.

Why use a remote training collar?

It is utterly pointless attempting to correct a dog some minutes, or even seconds after he has ‘committed an offence’, since he will hardly be able to associate the punishment with the crime. Any late reprimand will not be understood, making the dog believe that the trainer is cruelly dominant, and cause him to be reluctant in future to come back... just to be ‘punished’. Training then takes a giant leap -backwards! Furthermore, corporal punishment can easily result in damage to the dog, both psychologically and physically.


Not all dogs respond to standard "compulsive" or "reward" training methods, and until you encounter a difficult dog, it is hard to imagine the need for a RemoteTrainer. The use of such a tool, as a last resort, can be extremely effective in curing a comprehensive range of problems - quickly and usually pain-free.Correct use of the device will inevitably elevate the trainer to surrogate ‘pack-leader’ or ‘top dog’… Indeed, once the trainer has established his dominant position, there should be no need for him to be the least bit physical with his dog; and, before long, a calm but firm word (or whistle) command should suffice. Indeed, constantly ‘nagging’ a headstrong dog will be a thing of the past, making walks or training sessions much more pleasurable for both the dog and his trainer.


When should you NOT use a remote trainer?

If your dog has a medical condition,such as a heart problem, it is essential that you seek the advice from your veterinary specialist, before starting any training with the active collar.


If your dog is of a nervous disposition be sure to check the effect of the stimulation while the dog is on a secure line or in a safe area. Training should cease if there are any signs of trauma.


Do not use a remote trainer on yourdog less than six months of age for any reason. Never use it on a dog younger than about ten months old for obedience training, since he must first understand completely the command that you give, before you make any attempt to correct him using the stimulus. (See section on Tone Function)

YOUR FIRST TRAINING SESSION

For your first session, make sure that everything is ready to work…

  • Ensure that the batteries in the collar and transmitter have sufficient charge .
  • Check that the collar is turned on and tuned to match your handset .
  • Fit the collar and check that it is a snug fit .
  • Having determined the appropriate intensity level for your dog (see previous section), be ready to set it when required.
  • In the case of dogs endowed with a thick coat, it might be necessary using a hair trimmer to remove some of his “high insulation” fur from under the neck, to allow better probe contact (NB trim down to the undercoat – not to the skin!). His fur will grow back to normal in a short while. Alternatively, you might need to change over to the smaller radius probes (supplied with your kit) that should enable better contact with your dog’s neck.
  • Conductivity can be enhanced using an aqueous gel, similar to that used by physiotherapists.
  • In most cases it should now be time to let the dog off his lead…
  • But, if you are training him against other-animal-chasing (e.g. sheep), since you will have no clear idea how your dog will respond, you might like to attach a long flexi-line as an additional fail-safe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PAC Products prides itself on having the best installation and instruction manuals available for these types of products. If purchasing a PAC product store manuals carefully for future reference. Below are some of the more common questions asked, which we address here and in the printed manuals.

PAC DXT Series Trainers

· Collar not Responding to Handset

· check battery status on both

· check antenna on handset (remove and press trigger beside collar, collar should respond. If so antenna is damaged, order a new one from PAC. )

· Collar is working ok, then make sure you are not using the handset and collar in an area with many metal buildings or metal railings are present.

· Collar is not placed snugly enough on dog. One finger should separate probes from coat. Ensure long-haired breed probes are fitted for those breeds

· Collar needs to be reset. Touch handset contact area to collar contact area: wait for LED on collar to turn to orange. Then press trigger button, LED should flash green.

PAC F200A Electronic Fence

· Dog is responding to collar even away from fence area

· Ensure boundary loop is not laid parallel to metal pipes or wires, even those underground. If in doubt, use a metal detector to locate them before laying the fence.

· Dog is not responding to collar and ignores fence

· Collar batteries are depleted; recharge;

· Control unit is removed from mains: check

· Collar not fitted snugly enough: One finger should separate probes from coat. Ensure long-haired breed probes are fitted for those breeds.

· Collar needs to be reset outside of active zone. Use magnet on recharging leads to reset collar.

· Boundary Loop is buried too deeply: ensure it is not more than 10cm (4 in) below ground).

· Boundary Loop is connected to wrong connector on Control Unit. Ensure 500m+ loops are connected to the 500m+ connector, and the return section to the earth connector.

Collar is activating when I bring it near Control Unit
Ensure boundary loop is braided at least once per 3 cm for the last 60 cm before it enters the Control Unit. This cancels the signal and hence prevents the collar from activating.

· The boundary loop has been damaged in some way.
Check status on Control Unit and visually inspect boundary loop. If broken, use connectors to reconnect