As we all know, there is a big gap between a fantasy and its realization. Case in point: my training collar. This device offers Mrs. Lion the opportunity to give me instantaneous feedback no matter where we are. This feedback is either a rather pleasant vibration or an electrical shock.
Until this week, Mrs. Lion has used the collar to correct me for interrupting or other on-the-spot offenses. Each shock has made me jump and sometimes yelp. We both interpreted that to mean the shock was very unpleasant. I certainly didn’t like receiving one. But after a recent interaction with this device, I have revised my thinking.
We went out and I forgot to wear the collar. Mrs. Lion noticed and showed me her phone screen that showed it couldn’t connect with the device. Uh oh. She had decided that when I forget to wear it, when we got home I would put it on and she would shock me as punishment for forgetting. So, when we got home that’s exactly what happened.
I felt the first shock, but it was so mild it didn’t make an impression at all. She turned up the intensity. I felt the next one a little more. She upped it again. Yup, I felt it. But the truth is that it didn’t make enough of an impression to make sure I would never forget it again. That got me thinking.
Unlike spanking or other traditional punishments, the training collar has no lasting effect, isn’t particularly painful, and isn’t humiliating. But in the right context it works amazingly well. When I put it on, I know that Mrs. Lion can zap me anytime without warning and without my cooperation. I can’t easily remove it. No matter where we are, she can do this without any fuss or bother on her part. Knowing that has a strong emotional effect on me.
Even though I can’t feel it on me, I know it’s there. I also know that there is no way I can avoid its effects. This alone makes me a lot more careful about how I behave; especially in public. When I see her phone screen is on the training collar app, I become even more careful. I want to avoid that zap.
You may wonder why I would care so much if the shock isn’t particularly horrid. I think the main reason is that it comes without warning and feels like a sharp slap under my balls. It isn’t pleasant. I think the surprise more than anything makes me jump and yelp.
What makes it so effective for me is that I know that I can’t avoid it. I get no time to prepare for the sensation. I have absolutely no ability to delay or reduce the correction. None. It isn’t the correction itself. it’s my total lack of control. I can’t prepare for it. It happens no matter where I am. As far as I’m concerned, that’s real control.
I don’t have to strip and lie on my stomach, stand in the corner, or do anything else. I get corrected without complying in any way. That’s really the ultimate form of control. It may not be the most painful, but it is the most immediate. Once the collar goes on, my participation is not required. I do what I am told or I will feel that sharp slap. It’s as good for training me as it is for the dog it was designed for.
The collar doesn’t replace traditional punishment. it adds a new dimension: immediate correction. There’s nothing else like it for a disciplined male.