Shock Collars For Dogs…Do They Work?

There are 2 types of dog training methods…Positive reinforcement and negative or punishment training. Positive reinforcement involves offering praise or a reward for the dog completing the task while punishment training is letting the dog know that the task was not completed properly. The latter is where shock collars become an effective tool if used properly.

I am sure you have either been told or read online that shock collars for dogs are nothing more than torture devices and that they are cruel…This is simply not true. Many things can be used improperly and be considered cruel…Again…If used properly electronic collars can be an effective training tool that can be used to keep your dog safe and happy. Dogs need boundaries and limits and these collars can aid in teaching them quickly.

Shock Collar Comparison Guide

 RANGEDOG SIZEBATTERY TYPEWATERPROOFCOST 
Dogtra 1900NCP Field Star 1/2 mile Training Collar Single Dog

1/2-mile Medium/LargeRechargeableFully Waterproof$$$
PetSafe Yard & Park Remote Dog Trainer, PDT00-12470

400 Yards8lbs & UpRechargeableFully Waterproof$$
Aetertek AT-216S-350W Remote Dog Training Shock Collar

400 Yards15lbs - 150lbsRechargeable Collar OnlyCollar Only$
SportDOG Stubborn Dog Yard Trainer, SD-105S

100 Yards8lbs & UpLithium Collar Only$$
SportDOG SD-425 FieldTrainer Remote Dog Training System, Black

500 Yards15lbs & UpRechargeableFully Waterproof$$1/2

Dogwidgets® DW-3 Remote 1 Dog Training Shock Collar with Vibration
600 Feet15lbs - 100lbsLithiumNot Waterproof$

[2014 Latest] Esky EP-300R-B1 UP to 300M Range Rechargeable LCD Remote Shock Control Pet Dog Training Collar with 100 Level of Vibration+ 100 Level of Static Shock+ Tone For 15-120lb Dog
600 Feet15lbs - 120lbsRechargeableNot Waterproof$

Dogtra Euro Advanced 3/4 Mile Remote Trainer
3/4 Mile20lbs & UpRechargeableFully Waterproof$$$$

SportDOG ProHunter, SD-2525
2 MilesLargeRechargeableFully Waterproof$$$$

Dogtra D3502 NCP Super X Training Collar
1 Mile20lbs & UpRechargeableFully Waterproof$$$$$

How To Use A Shock Collar Properly

IMPORTANT: Never use the shock collar for potty training…This could lead to health issues if your dog was to feel relieving themselves was a bad thing.

The ideal first step is to put the collar on your dog and allow him to adjust…This may take a day or two…The goal is to allow the dog to forget he has something new or different around his neck. The next step is to find the lowest shock level that your dog reacts to…this can be on the lowest setting or more in the middle depending on the breed and size of your dog. You should look for a reaction from your dog (what was that?) not a yelp…If this happens the setting is too strong.

The basic premise of shock collar training is for the dog to associate a behavior with a negative feeling. An example is if your dog likes to dig holes in the backyard and you want him or her to stop. When you see your dog start to dig you immediately give them a shock…They will the associate digging with a negative feeling and stop. The important thing to make this successful is you need to be able to administer the shock as soon as they begin digging so they immediately make the connection between digging and the shock. I am speaking from personal experience as my Golden Retriever loved to dig…In one day I was able to completely stop this problem with the shock collar. Now it may involve sneaking around and watching to catch them starting to dig to be successful.

The same technique can be used to teach a dog how to come when they are called. When teaching this the first step is to make sure the dog knows the command. Teach them by tying rope or a long leash to their regular collar and giving them the command “come here” or whatever you use (be sure to use the same words every time) then pull them towards you…offer a lot of praise when they get into your arms. After a few days of this procedure the dog should know what you want from them when you give them the command of “come here”. This is where you can start using the shock collar for dogs. If your dog knows the command but is deciding not to do it you can give them a shock about 2 or 3 seconds after they have ignored the command…Then they will associate not obeying your command with a negative feeling…This will be almost instantaneous if done properly. This is the method to follow for almost any command your dog ignores but the most important point to remember is the shock needs to be almost immediately after the command is ignored…This way the dogs associates the ignoring of the command with the negative feeling from the shock.

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RECAP

1)      Allow your dog to get used to the collar for a couple days

2)      Find the level that “buzzes” the dog not makes them yelp

3)      For unwanted behaviour (like digging) you need to catch your dog in the act as soon as they begin

4)      For teaching commands you must be sure your dog knows what you are asking them to do or else they will not associate the shock with                  ignoring your command…They will just be confused.

5)      The shock must come almost immediately after you notice they are choosing not to obey your command

Shock collars for dogs are not the torture devices some people make them out to be. They can speed up the training process so your dog can be kept safe and happy when used properly. If they are used improperly by frustrated owners then they become nothing more than an electric rolled up newspaper that has your dog confused and fearful. When these steps are followed properly most owners do not need to use the shock collar for more than 2 or 3 months as their dogs are fully trained and ready to please.

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Bark Collar…Will It Work?

There are generally 3 different types of Bark Collars:

1)      The first type of Bark Collar makes a noise triggered by a dogs bark…The noise is meant to be irritating to a dog’s ears and it is a sound only the dog can hear. The way this works is the dogs associates the bark with the negative piercing sound.

2)      The next type of Bark Collar will release a citronella smell when the dog barks. The smell of citronella is a deterrent for dogs as they generally dislike the smell. The scent is released automatically by the bark collar.

3)      The final and most successful from my experience is the Bark Collar that gives the dog a light shock after he or she barks. The shock is light (most models also have a vibrate option) and will not harm the dog but it is unpleasant enough so the Dog does not want it to happen again. These are also the most reliable as well…This is important as for the dog to associate the feeling with barking the shock needs to consistently happen after every bark.

ModelDog SizeDeterrentWaterproofBaterriesPrice
SportDOG Rechargeable NoBark 10R Bark Control Collar
8lbs & UpVibration/ShockFully WaterproofRechargeable$$
PetSafe Basic Bark Collar, PBC-102

8lbs & UpVibration/ShockWater ResistantLithium$
Dogtek Electronic Bark Control Dog Collar

15lbs & UpVibration/ShockWater ResistantLthium$
PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar, Citronella

6lbs & UpSprayNot Waterproof6V alkaline$
Dogtra YS500 Water Proof No Bark Collar

Medium/LargeVibration/ShockWaterproofRechargeable$$

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More About Bark Collars

Bark Collars are electronic collars that are activated by your dogs bark. These collars are very effective in minimizing certain types of Dog barking. Dogs bark for many different reasons, they can bark for warning of danger, fear or just to get a reaction…The last type of barking is where bark collars are most effective. The reason they are effective against this type of barking is because it is not instinct for the dog to bark for no apparent reason…It is a learned behavior that can easily be stopped in most Dogs. The most effective Bark Collar is the model that gives the dog a mild shock or vibration when they bark. These collars seem to be less likely to be activated by other barking nearby and the shock seems to be the best deterrent that I have noticed in my many years of raising dogs of all breeds.

*All Dogs are different but the unwanted barking should end within a day or two if not quicker.

For Best Results Using A Bark Collar:

1. Make Sure The Collar Fits Properly: The Bark Collar needs to be comfortable on your dog…If the collar is uncomfortable it will be a distraction to the Dog and it will not learn as quickly.

2. Buy The Collar Right For Your Dogs Learning Level: All Dogs are different…Some are more stubborn than others. A Dog that generally learns and modifies behavior quickly might react better to the sound or smell release models of Bark Collar.

3. Compare Prices Online: We all know Vets can mark up prices on products…So it is important to research prices and reviews. You will probably have a better chance of getting the Bark Collar that is right for your dog and at a better price.

4. Avoid Bark Collars With Single Settings: The single setting will probably be too strong for your Dog. If this turns out to be the case you may do more harm than good to your Dog.

5. Allow You Dog To Get Used To The Collar: This is very important! For Bark Collars to be successful the Dog must not associate the negative stimulus to the collar…If they do then they will know when the collar is not on. This will make it much more difficult to rid your Dog’s barking problem and the Dog will have to wear the bark collar longer.

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