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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Remote Dog Collar – Are They For Me?

Remote Dog Collar

There is a lot of info out there about the use of a remote dog collar for the purposes of training your dogs. These collars are more often known as “shock collars” but they are not the only kinds. In this article I want to go over the various different types of training collars and whether you should consider using a remote dog collar to help train your dog.

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Types of Remote Dog Collar 

There are several different types of remote dog collar that you can use to help train troublesome dogs.

Shock Collars

This is probably the most well-known type of remote dog collar out there, mainly because there is a lot of controversy around their use. The name gives you a good idea of what the collar does. You press a button on a receiver and the collar delivers a small shock to your dog. Now obviously this does sound bad, but it’s more complicated than that. First off, the shock does not really hurt the dogs, dogs (and animals in general) have a higher pain tolerance than humans. So while we might think of a shock as being “painful” to the dog being shocked creates more of an unpleasant sensation than actual pain. Secondly, shock collars can be a very useful tool when it comes to training dogs, especially ones that are problematic or don’t respond well to normal training methods. For this reason shock collars tend to be very popular among out door dogs or sporting dogs. Finally, when you actually use a shock collar you are rarely actually delivering a shock to the dog; instead you only use the shock option a couple of times and mostly use the beep option (which most high end shock collars have). The beep option only makes a sound and does not actually shock the dog. So realistically if you use a shock collar properly, you will rarely actually shock your dog.

Citronella Collars

This type of remote dog collar operates similarly to shock collars, but instead of delivering a shock, this collar delivers a blast of Citronella spray in front of your dog’s face. Dog’s hate the smell of Citronella and will begin to associate bad behaviour with the smell of Citronella and this can be used to stop bad behaviour like unnecessary barking.

Vibration Collars

This is yet another type of remote dog collar. Much like the Citronella and Shock collars, Vibration collars work with the use of a receiver. But instead of the shock or blast of Citronella they simply vibrate. These types of remote dog collar are not super common, usually because most shock collars will have a beep or vibration option that basically work the exact same.

Sonic Collars

This is a new type of remote dog collar that you can find out on the market. It uses sonic sounds to correct the dog instead of any sort of physical stimulation. The sounds can only be heard by your dog and much like the shock collars the sounds only irritate the dog and do not hurt their ears. Also if you do not want to use a collar you can buy sound emitters disguised as birdhouses/bird feeders that will automatically emit sounds when they detect barking.

 

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$$$$$

 

Should you use a Remote Dog Collar?

There are 4 instances where I believe using a remote dog collar is necessary if other training methods:

Stopping Excessive Barking

Barking can be a major issue for dogs, and it can be a major headache for you. Especially if you live in an area where you can be punished legally for your dog’s excessive barking. A remote dog collar would be a good buy in this situation if you find that you cannot curb your dog’s excessive barking.

Teaching Dogs Boundaries

If you want your dog to stay in the backyard or teach them not to go off the trail when hiking, then a remote dog collar is for you.

Teaching Dogs To Avoid Dangerous Situations

A common practice is to put dogs near caged animals that they should avoid (like rattlesnakes) and then use the collar when the dogs get too close to the cage. This teaches the dog to avoid that animal. This sounds cruel obviously, but if you live in an area with very dangerous animals then it can be a good method to prevent your dog from getting hurt. Training collars can also be useful to teach your dog to avoid areas like cliffs or roads where they could easily get hurt.

If none of these situations apply to you I would say you should save your money (as training collars can be a bit pricey) and just try some alternative training methods.