Rules for Guidance when E-collar Conditioning
When conditioning the dog with e-collar to new commands it is a good idea to supply mechanical guidance to “get” the correct response. You want to make it as easy as possible to do the right thing and almost impossible to do the wrong thing. You don’t want to allow the dog to flounder around guessing what is required in this new situation.
Additionally you don’t want to overwhelm the dog with the mechanical aid to the point that he is not responding to the e-collar only the aid.
So when introducing a new command with e-collar the rule is:
Use as much guidance as necessary, as little as possible, fade the guidance as fast as possible but keep the leash or line on for a backup for a time even after the dog shows he will respond appropriately.