12-19-2013, 03:01 PM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Bend, OR
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The bells are bear bells. We have lots of big critters like cougar and bear here, so it's a good safety precaution. It also lets me keep track of him when he's off leash in thick brush.
The collar is an electronic collar. Another safety precaution. I keep it on just in case we run into such a critter. Melon has very good recall and will recall off deer and rabbits, but I'm always worried we might run into something that could kick his butt and that would be when recall would fail. I actually used it once when we came around a bend and were about 20 feet away from an angry mama cow with her calf. Melon charged, ignored my come command, so I zapped him and he turned before he made it to the cow. I'd much rather zap him than have him trampled to death!
Riddle is never really off a leash, so I don't use an e-collar for her.