Dog Training Collar Buying Guide
There are a few features that you should look for in a dog e-collar. Here are some of the most important ones.
The different modes available are very important when choosing your training supply. Personally, I recommend shock collars since they tend to work the best. But you don’t have to use them these days.
Many collars will vibrate or even beep. In my experience, this isn’t nearly as effective for training a dog. However, some owners don’t enjoy shocking their dogs.
The list includes products that have all different types of modes available for use.
Range, in my opinion, isn’t really that important of a feature for most people. You just aren’t training your dog from far enough of a distance for it to be a problem. However, if the distance is a concern (ex. Hunting dogs), then you should look at some of the long-range options that I have listed. Those long-range options have a range of up to a mile, which does work well for hunting dogs or farm dogs.
However, the average range of a dog training collar is about 1000 feet, and that should be enough for all but the most specialized of uses.
A fence option is a setting that allows you to set up a fenced zone for your dog. This works especially well for people that want to use a shock collar as a form of an electric fence. In fact, it’s much easier than setting up your own electric fence.
You can purchase smart collars that automatically give your dog a little shock when they bark. These are great for when you’re not at your home or apartment. Or if you don’t want to constantly monitor your dog.
Frequently Asked Questions about Training Collars for Dogs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dog shock collars.
- What is a dog training collar?
For our purposes, it is a collar that uses some type of alert to classically condition your dog. The alert is typically an electric shock administered by you. Some products emit a sound and others vibrate. In my experience, e-collars that emit a tiny amount of discomfort tend to work best on stubborn dogs. Shy dogs can often be trained with just a sound or vibration.
- Will a training collar hurt my dog?
No. It will make your dog uncomfortable, but it will not hurt your dog. You can try the collar on yourself – it’s just about as bad as a normal shock from your carpet. Plus, dogs can handle a little pain. Just look at the way they play with each other.
- Does a vibrating training collar work?
It depends on the dog. A dog that frightens easily (ex. chihuahuas) will probably respond quite well to a vibrating training. They won’t work well with stubborn dogs. And they also don’t work well at preventing dogs from eating food. They just don’t make the dog uncomfortable enough.
- What is the maximum amount of time my dog can wear a bark training collar?
You shouldn’t leave a bark collar on your dog 24/7. That just isn’t healthy for dogs. I recommend taking it off for a few hours a day because you do need to charge it. Just make sure to vary the time that you take it off. If you don’t vary the time, then your dog will quickly figure out when it’s ok to bark.