Dear Adam and Susanna,
I thought you might like some pictures
of the freedom you have brought our poodle, Jake. The picture
of the far away dog in the woods is of him! And the reason he
can be off-leash is the Dogtra E-collar remote training you provided
When Jake came to you, he was an exuberant,
impulsive, energetic 15-month-old Standard Poodle puppy in need
of some serious help! He jumped on people, mouthed with fervor,
and ate/stole everything he could find! After participating and
responding to months of traditional treat-based positive
training, Jake did quite well when the treat being offered to
him was more exciting than the behavior he really wanted to exhibit.
However, if the prize (squirrel, visitor at the door,
etc) was more enticing, we had no control!
The remote training was just what Jake
needed. We were so apprehensive at first, and you were kind to
field each of our questions in our several phone calls leading
up to the training. We were glad to know that we can send a vibration
to the collar as a warning to Jake that he needs to listen, and
that if he chooses not to heed that warning, we can then deliver
a mild shock to him. We are also glad to know that
we can control the amount of shock he gets, determined by his
distraction level. We have used the collar ourselves to test
it, and its nothing more than the equivalent of a very
mild carpet shock from static electricity.
Having Jake gone for three weeks was
difficult for us, but apparently not for him! We appreciated
that you got him acclimated and started on the commands without
the collar first. When you deemed him ready, you introduced the
collar in vibrate mode only, and were very careful to get him
comfortable with this. Only when he was ready did you introduce
the shock component. We loved the updates you sent us along the
When I came for my lesson at the end
of three weeks, I expected him to happily charge at me when he
saw me. While he was still the happy, affectionate, enthusiastic
dog I had left, he was incredibly calm, with a huge doggie smile!
He listened beautifully to your commands, and the training you
gave me transferred just fine. I was truly surprised at how happy
and calm he was! The few times we had previously boarded him
at a kennel, he would be exhausted for days, as if he hadnt
slept a wink. At your place, Jake was perfectly happy! He had
obviously slept and eaten well, and benefitted from the positive,
consistent, nurturing, calm yet assertive attention you gave
him. The fact that he could play with your dogs while he was
there was icing on the doggie cake!
Now that its been almost six months
since Jakes training, I thought youd like to know
how he is doing. In short, this collar has probably saved his
life! We currently have an ongoing three-month renovation in
our house. Jake is the type of dog to eat EVERYTHING: drywall,
sponges, nails, cement, splintery wood, gloves
and as you
can imagine, there has been no shortage of items for him to attempt
to steal and eat around here! Fortunately for all of us, when
Jake is wearing his collar, we can stop him in his tracks and
get him to relinquish his stolen items. This would be impossible
without the remote collar!
The collar has also improved his quality
of life. His favorite thing to do is to run in the woods with
me. He is such an athletic, energetic dog that jogging or walking
on a leash has little obvious physical benefit to him. But when
I can take him off-leash, you cant imagine what this dog
does! He must run for miles for every one that I cover! He races
up hills, down hills, chases squirrels, frolics in streams
cannot describe his exuberance! In these woods, he would also
be thrilled to chase a deer for miles, jump on children and elderly
bird watchers, and wrestle with every dog he comes in contact
with. HOWEVER, with the Dogtra collar, I can page him up to ½
mile away, he comes immediately, and sits at attention for me
to put his leash on if there are distractions approaching. PRICELESS!
Now, is Jake the perfect dog? Absolutely
not. He is still an exuberant, energetic, young dog. However,
he is less impulsive than he had been, and with continued time
and reinforcement, I can only imagine he will continue to mature.
Do we use his collar daily? Not anymore,
to be honest. (He does not need to wear his outdoor electric
fence collar either I understand all dogs are different
in this respect). He walks on the leash beautifully now (as opposed
to his dragging me down the street prior to training), and listens
well in the house. If we have visitors to the house or want to
take him somewhere off-leash, we do still use the collar, to
help him remember his manners.
THANK YOU, Adam and Susanna, for helping
Jake and our family!
Amy K. and Family
Great Falls, Virginia
3 week E-Collar Camp Referral
from July 17, 2011.