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.
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.