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

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.

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