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Dog Training: Electronic Dog Training Collars

Updated on August 31, 2013

Dog Training Collars

Have you been successful with dog training? If you own a dog, perhaps you've been frustrated at some point in training it to respond to your commands. You've heard of electronic dog training collars, also referred to as "shock collars," but were afraid they might be cruel, so you continued with dog training tactics that didn't work. You don't need to be cruel for effective dog training. Not all dog training collars are shock collars. Some use sound and/or vibration instead of electrical shocks. And even with the dog training collars that do use an electrical shock, you can adjust most of these dog training devices to deliver a very mild implulse that can hardly be considered a shock.

As a former dog trainer, I am a firm believer in the correct use of electronic collars. Currently I have two male Great Danes. We live in the suburbs, where there's a leash law. My boys live in our home, but, of course, they have to go outside for bathroom breaks. They also need to romp outdoors for fun and for exercise, as I am no longer able to walk them on a daily basis.

Overall, my Danes have been easy to train. They learned at a very early age to respect the house and to "go" only in the yard. They learned their boundaries quickly. They knew to stay in our yard and not to set foot (or paw) in the street. This worked well for months.

Then one night, my fawn boy decided to go exploring. He ignored my calls and galloped happily away. I was frantic. We live near an interstate highway. What if he was hit by a car? What if he got lost? What if someone stole him? I jumped in the truck and rode around for over an hour looking for him.

I finally found him. He was at the local KFC, which is just off the busy interstate. I guess he wanted a midnight snack. He knew he was in trouble. He hung his head in shame.

A few nights later, my harlequin Dane did the same thing. Just like his "brother," he ignored my pleas and demands to return to our yard. When I found him, he, too, knew he had messed up.

Dog Training Collars Reviews: Petsafe electronic dog training collars

Both dogs were good for a few more weeks. Then they got itchy paws again and decided to go rambling. This had to stop! I decided to invest about $100 in a remote-control Petsafe electronic collar designed especially for big and/or stubborn dogs. It has a warning button that gives the dog a buzz when they misbehave. If the buzzing noise doesn't deter their improper behavior, you can zap them with a shock.

I was concerned about hurting them, so my husband tested it on himself. He said it wasn't terrible at the setting we chose, so we began putting the collar on the dogs every time we let them out. For dog training purposes, you can adjust the power of the shock.

The warning buzz worked great for a while, but finally, their wanderlust got the better of them, and they decided to test us. The fawn got zapped first, and it immediately got his attention. He came to me as fast as he could! Since that first shock, we've never had to zap him again. Never! We've been using the collar for over a year now, and he's never left the yard again. I decided it was a very effective dog training device.

The harlequin is a little more stubborn. He's been zapped maybe three times in the last two years, and none at all in the past six or eight months. Each time we buzzed him, he immediately returned to us dutifully when we called him. The collar made dog training very easy and effective.

The collar has been a life saver for us and for the dogs. Because of it, they have a lot of outside play time off the leash. Every night after dark, the boys get to run and play all over the front yard together - we no longer need the collar for the fawn. During the day, they go out one at a time and sometimes run a couple of laps around the perimeter of the yard. No more wandering, no more frantic searches.

An electronic collar, in the proper hands, can be an extremely effective dog training aid. Because the feedback is instantaneous, the dog understands the association. It should only be worn when you are within sight of the animal, and it should be removed once they're safely inside. Petsafe makes electronic collars for large dogs and for small dogs, and they receiver is waterproof, while the transmitter is water-resistant. Check out the great deals below. Believe me, dog training collars are worth their weight in gold for dog training!

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      sandeep thakur 

      7 years ago

      Residential dog training is one effective way to train your dog. Learn more about this at

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      8 years ago

      My comments here are melrey my opinion, and are in no way intended to insult anybody or to suggest that trainers are completely wrong to use e-collars. I have the greatest respect for Rick Smith and all of the excellent professional trainers out there, but I have to say I have been and always will be against the use of e-collars. I understand why they are used, and in the right hands they are effective and mostly humane. I always have to ask How were the Germans able to train such incredible pointers before the advent of electricity? The answer I think, lies in time and patience. E-collars are a great time saver, but in my opinion, they are no more effective at training a good dog than simply taking the extra time and being very, very patient with your dog. I have trained several German Shorthaired Pointers (an energetic and difficult breed to train), yet all of them turned out to be amazing bird or field trial dogs. All without the use of e-collars.The biggest problem I have is with people who use the collars with absolutely no concept of their true purpose, or how harmful they can be when used improperly. I have actually seen a professional trainer repeatedly bring a dog to its knees with the use of a shock collar, simply because the dog was headstrong and the trainer had no patience at all. I challenged him to try the collar on himself. He hasn't used one since and is producing some truly amazing dogs. My lesser problem lies in the belief that many trainers are looking for shortcuts to training and don't want to spend the time and patience needed to effectively train a dog. It really does take time to train a good hunter, and the europeans managed it for hundreds of years without e-collars.In summary, I believe e-collars can be an effective training tool, but ultimately they are melrey time-savers and are simply unecessary if you take the extra time with your dog. But it does take a lot of extra time. If you must use an e-collar, wait until you have laid a very solid foundation before introducing the collar.

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      9 years ago from Washington state

      I love these! Excellent tools when used correctly!

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      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Charlie! I love mine, too! My big boys would have far less freedom without it.

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      11 years ago

      I love mine, and shocked myself first. They work great,my Boregard doesn't even need to wear his anymore since his last shocking experience. The two younger ones will test it now and again but that little beeping quickly alerts them to stay, but if they don't have the collar on I cannot trust them. I now need a regular training collar to help with some other bad traits, like jumping on visitors and excited barking. Bassets are so disobedient.


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