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    Let me start by saying I didn't want to do this but lately Frankies behavior is getting dangerous to his health. He has been stealing things with increasing frequency. Last night he stole my car keys off a table that he should not be able to reach, and if he didnt set off my car alarm, I would not have known. I am afraid he is going to swallow a battery and that could be life threatening. So we bought an e-collar. It has sound and stimulation. We put it on him today after work and set the stage. I put a cookie on the kitchen counter and french fries on the dining room table and waited. He immediately went to the fries and jumped. I pressed the tone only and he immediately stopped, kinda looked around to see where the sound came from, and walked away. He went back to the fries again, but never jumped up again all night! I have no intention of using the stimulation/ shock, it seems he is responding to the tone really well. Everyone knows I love my boys more than my life, and I hope everyone understands this was a last resort for Frankies safety,
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    Always better to be safe than sorry! Hopefully you won't have to use the collar long! Good luck!
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    You got to do what you have to do. I am glad the sound is working so far.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    oh boy, good luck to him that this training works out for his own good.
    Hug your bully today

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    You said he stole the keys.....so I thought you were going to say he went for a joy ride!! -driving-jpg We understand about the collar-it's for his own safety!
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    We know you'll be using the e-collar responsibly, Rosalie, and it's for Frankie's health and well-being. Keep us updated on his progress and hopefully this will only be a temporary situation.




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    Rosalie - its for his own good & hopefully he will learn not to steal - i got same problem with Shy to the point nothing eatable can be left when we go out as we had far to many upset tummies
    I did try vibrating collar but sadly it was no good
    But as Frankie seem to respond to it - keep at it
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    You don't have anything to be sorry for The collar won't harm him, only keep him from harming himself Great that he responds so well to it I have no experience with dogs stealing things or swallowing stuff but I can totally understand how scary it must be I'm sometimes envious of everyone with bulldogs that climb chairs etc and are so super active but I can see now how lucky I am with mine that are so calm and non adventurous
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    We know you'll be using the e-collar responsibly, Rosalie, and it's for Frankie's health and well-being. Keep us updated on his progress and hopefully this will only be a temporary situation.
    I totally agree, I don't believe in the collar but you have exhausted all avenues, Hopefully it won't be for long. The good story in this is he's ok, next time he'll make a run for it in your car


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    You have nothing to be sorry for! I know there is a stigma with ecollars, but they can be a good training tool. Actually, I am using one with Bella for her dog/people reaction. She pulls very hard toward dogs and certain people...to the point where she chokes herself, not to mention, pulling my arm out of the socket. I tried to use high value treats, Easy Walk harness, etc...but, she doesn't care. (She is now strong enough to pull herself out of the Easy Walk harness, which I didn't even know was possible.) Dogs are her kryptonite and I'm convinced she will kill herself to get to one.

    I finally decided to have her go to the trainer at her vet's office. The trainer uses the ecollar. I was so worried at first, but Bella is doing SO WELL on it! I think as long as you use it responsibly, it can be a great tool. I purchased the same collar (Dogtra Platinum) that the trainer uses and Bella now responds to the vibration. (The Dogtra ecollar has vibration and shock only--no sound.) It's only been a couple of days and Bella is showing remarkable improvement!

    Can I offer one piece of advice that I got from Bella's trainer? She said that it is not a good idea to use the sound feature on ecollars, as it might create noise anxiety in the dog. Regardless, you're doing a good, loving thing for your pup. Personally, I'm proud of you for making this hard decision.

    As I said, it's the best decision I've made for Bella. @2BullyMama gave me great support and advice about the ecollar.

    ETA: I feel really defensive about ecollars, since I feel like it's the only thing that is helping me with Bella. I haven't had anyone question my love for my dog or anything like that, but I would be really irritated if they did. I will defend the use of ecollars in certain situations, since I know how much it's helping Bella. *LOVE*
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    It a very hard decision, but you have to do what is best and will work for you and keep him safe. We had to go this route with Banks -- I fought not to and cried the first time I had to use it, but had it not been for the e-collar, Banks would not have had the wonderful life that she did cause she would of had to always be an only dog and never around people. Thanks to the use of the collar, she was amazing with children and loved all people.... well, dogs, was another story and the collar needed to be on her when we took her places with other dogs. She stayed in line and we did not have to keep her isolated.

    Do not beat yourself up or feel you have failed -- you are doing what will help keep him alive and with you
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    I send you love, Rosalie, and like all here, know you worship your boys.
    If this is what it takes to keep Frankie safe, then so be it! Keep us posted
    so we can all learn with y'all. As long as these tools are used lovingly and
    responsible, it is a good thang for those dogs that need a 'lil extra in training
    department. Prayers for quick success and lesson learned


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    RIP beloved boy.

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