5 Tips For Training With Electronic Dog Collars

February 23, 2014

5 Tips For Training With Electronic Dog Collars


Despite what some may say, electronic dog collars are valid and useful training tools, they can be used to make training your dog easier and more effective. This is only if the electric dog collar is used correctly and properly. Electronic dog collars are not a cure all. They will not turn a rowdy dog into an award winning show dog unless you are willing to put the time and effort into training your dog. An electric dog collar will make your training your dog easier, but it will still require time and effort to train your dog. So, with that being said here are 5 tips for training a dog with an electric dog collar.


 1: Your Dog Won’t Train Itself, Be A Good Trainer And Educate Yourself.

Every dedicated dog owner should spend a bit of time learning how to be a good trainer, learning about the various training methods and tools available, a good understanding of how to use your electric dog collar properly, and safely, and most importantly learn about your dog, what they are like and what methods they respond best to. Far too many people assume that buying an electric dog collar is all they need to do and that the dog will self train after that. This simply isn’t true, buying an electric dog collar is a great first step but there is still work to do if you want a well trained dog.


2: Practice Using Your Electronic Dog Collar And Know How It Works.

Most people assume using an electric dog collar will be as simple as pressing a button, whenever the dog misbehaves. While electronic dog collars are easy to use, one should still understand how it works and what settings are the best. Every electric dog collar comes with different settings for different types of dogs. Most prospective trainers should start with the lowest setting (practically a tickle) and turn up  the settings until your dog acknowledges the collar; once that happens training can begin.


3: Consistency Is Key When Using An Electronic Dog Collar.

Too many people think electronic dog collars are only supposed to be used for one issue or for one problem and then never used again. This is bad for your dog’s training and will lead to your dog misbehaving until the collar is put back on. The collar should be put on the dog whenever your dog misbehaves. It should also be kept on the dog as often as possible and only taken off in small increments. This prevents the dog from associating the collar with training and will make sure the dog always behaves as if it has the collar on.

4: Short Cuts Are Always Bad, No Matter How Tempting They May Seem.

Shortcuts may seem tempting, but when it comes to training your dog, you should never take a shortcut, an easy way out, or procrastinate in anyway. Doing so can damage any headway you may have made with your dog. Never skip over training because you think it isn’t worth it, or you think you’re dog will learn without it. Constant training while a time consuming and a lot of work, will pay off in the end.


5: Every Dog Is Different, Get To Know Your Dog.

Every dog is different. Different breeds, sizes, temperaments, attitudes, much like humans, dogs are diverse even if they may look the same. Never be angry or upset that your dog isn’t responding as well your other dog or don’t be nervous when your dog doesn’t train as quickly as your neighbour’s dog. Set realistic goals for your dog, get to know them and figure out hey they react to different training methods. Knowing your dog is a crucial step in training your dog.

This guide has hopefully give you tips on how to train your dog using an electric dog collar, but by no means is it exhaustive, if you find something that work go with it. Training your dog is important and difficult, so don’t be intimidated if you don’t get the hang of it right away, it is a learning experience for you and your dog.

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Training Collars For Large Dogs

February 28, 2016

Finding effective training collars for large dogs can be a bit of a hassle. Because of their large size, big dog breeds like Great Danes, Mastiffs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, etc. often are not affected by the small shocks or vibrations given out by most standard training collars; thus if you want to use a training collar on larger dogs you need something that is a bit more powerful. In this article I will be going over some of the better training collars for large dogs that you can find online via Amazon or Petsmart or whatever your preferred pet store is.


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Dogtra 1900 NCP Field Star

Dogtra is a pretty well-known name when it comes to training collars and dog related products. Dogtra, along with PetSafe are probably the two names you should look for the most when looking for training collars for large dogs, small dogs, or just dog training products in general. This training collar is used for training sports dogs and k-9 officers, so it delivers a high level of stimulation. It’s got 27 levels of stimulation, can operate at ½ mile range, and is fully waterproof; making it very versatile and customizable for your training needs. It is priced at around $200 depending on where you get it from, which is fairly normal for a high quality training collar, especially when dealing with collars that are meant for bigger dog breeds.

The Educator ET-800 1 Mile Remote Training System             

This is another heavy duty training collar from the company “Educator” who make training collars for large dogs. This training collar uses a two tier stimulation system. One button delivers a regular stimulation to the dog in the same way any training collar would, the other button delivers “boost stimulation” which is where there is a small beep before the stimulation occurs (about 1-2 seconds), your dog will eventually associate the beep with the stimulation and begin responding to the beep itself. This is less stressful for the dog, and easier for you as a trainer. The collar has a huge stimulation range, going from 1 to 100 unique levels of stimulation; so no matter your dog’s size you will find a level of stimulation that your dog responds to. The collar and receiver are of course waterproof and comes with a 2 year warrantee. You can also get a two dog model if want to train multiple dogs with one receiver. It is priced in the $200-250 range much like the Dogtra collar discussed earlier.

 PetSafe Elite Big Dog Rechargeable Remote Trainer

As I stated earlier PetSafe is one of the premier manufacturers of training collars for dogs of all sizes, and this collar is no exception. It costs around $180, so it’s a bit cheaper than the previous two collars I looked at. It does have less levels of stimulation as a result, only having 15 as opposed to 27 or 100; so if having a lot of stimulation levels is important than this collar may not be for you and I recommend you spring the extra money to get the Dogtra or the Educator. It has just over a ½ mile range and the collar and receiver are both waterproof; so this collar is fine for those who like to take their dog hiking. Like the Educator, this collar has a “tone only” option allowing you to warn your dog before the collar delivers the stimulation, hopefully allowing you to eventually train your dog by tone alone. The receiver also has a button that allows you to instantly double the stimulation your dog receives, this is for drastic situations where you need to quickly and effectively warn your dog that their behaviour is unacceptable (like running towards the road).  If you want you can also buy a two dog model for training multiple dogs with one receiver instead of just one dog per receiver.

These collars are of course not the only training collars for large dogs that you can get, but they are three very popular models that can be found online on places like amazon and in big pet stores; and are very good starting collars for those who do not know anything about dog training.


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What Brand Of Dog Training Collar Should You Choose?

February 23, 2014

There are many brands and models of dog training collars available today which makes it much more difficult for average dog owners to decide on which dog training collar to choose. The first decision is to evaluate the behaviors you are trying to correct in your dog and the environment that you and your dog coexist in. If the only challenge you have with your dog’s behavior is constant barking for no reason then a bark collar would probably be enough to solve the problem. If your dog has multiple behavior issues that you are trying to correct then you should probably be looking at a dog training collar with a remote.

Next the dog owner should evaluate the environment in which the behavior will be corrected. If the dog spends the majority of its time in a backyard, house or on a leash then a short range dog shock collar would probably be a good choice. If you own a dog that is more active and does not behave properly while off leash then one would need to look at a training collar that functions well when there is more distance between the owner and their dog. Many brands of dog training collars have models that will still work when the dog is up to or further than a mile away.


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Sportdog Training Collars

Sportdog have been producing electric dog collars for over 10 years and are generally considered by many trainers as the manufacturer of choice for shock collars. The Soportdog company has expanded to develope multiple training and hunting accessories over the last 10 years. Sportdog is the band of choice by hunters for dog training collars as their collars are very durable and many are designed for longer ranges. Sportdog is also a founding member of the EMCA  (Association for Technology in the Protection of Companion Animals).

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Petsafe manufactures many models of both dog training collars and dog bark collars. They make quality products with the average dog owner in mind. Many models a reasonably priced and very well made. You will not find the receiver range as far as hunting dog models and the longest range is up to 1000 yards but their products are aimed more towards everyday dog owners and not hunting dogs. Petsafe is a member of EMCA  (Association for Technology in the Protection of Companion Animals).

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Dogtra Training Collars

Dogtra is a company that specializes in only dog training supplies such as collars and invisible fencing. Their dog training collars range from collars for small dogs right up to industrial models for hunting dogs. If you are in need of certain features such as long range or many levels of shock stimulation then Dogtra is sure to have a model that fits your needs and price range. Petsafe is a member of EMCA  (Association for Technology in the Protection of Companion Animals).

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Esky Training Collar

Esky is a company that specializes in a wide range of electronic surevelliance systems. They have recently branched out into shock collars for dogs. They offer a few different models at very reasonable prices. Esky training collars are geared towards small to medium dog owners that want a reliable close range training collar but do not want to pay very much to see if this training method suits their needs. Most Esky training collars are under $30 in price.

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Dogwidgets Training Collar

Dogwidgets specializes in only lower to medium priced dog training collars. Their products are geared towards average dog owners that want a quality med-range product for under $100. They have several models to fit the needs of almost every type of dog from small to large and home based to very active. Dogwidgets offers a 6 month full replacement warranty which shows confidence in their product and a strong commitment to their customers.

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