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Using an Electronic Dog Training Collar


The first electronic dog training collars were introduced over 30 years ago and were commonly known as “Shock Collars”. They were often unreliable and could be difficult to use in an effective and humane manner. Our modern technology has refined dog training collars which are now small and lightweight, and offer a range of correction levels and safety features to enable you to train your dog efficiently while preserving his safety and well-being. The appropriate use of an electronic dog training collar can be used to address many problem behaviours.

Bark Collars: work automatically to curb excessive and/or nuisance barking
Remote Training Collars: obedience skills, deterring problem or dangerous behaviours
In-Ground Fence: dog fencing to keep a dog in a yard with no effective boundary

Whichever dog training collar you are considering, it is recommended that your dog should be over 6 months old, and should have the capacity to understand and carry out simple obedience commands.

Will the static stimulation hurt my dog?

No it does not. The original dog training collars were also known as ‘shock collars’. Modern day collars have advanced technology which incorporate safety features to ensure the safety of your dog. The correction is scientifically controlled using a level of power designed to get attention or interrupt a behaviour, and not to harm your dog. This stimulation travels between two contact points through the skin and contracts or pulses the muscle causing a tingling sensation that is temporary. The pulse intensity can be adjusted from mild to strong to suit all dog personalties. The low voltage of the batteries used prevents the collar from being able to burn or cause tissue damage, so the term ‘shock collar’ is inappropriate. To prevent skin irritations that may resemble a skin burn, your instruction manual gives precise guidelines for the fitting and use of the collar. We recommend that the training collar be used for no more than 8-12 hours to rest the skin when the animal is not training.

How long will it take to train my dog?

The duration of the training depends on the breed and age of your dog, consistency of the training programme and continuity of training demands. A lot of faults can be corrected within a few training sessions. Make sure you work on one fault at a time so there is no confusion as to why the dog is being corrected. You may also occasionally need a brief ‘refresher’ for a skill that has been forgotten if not not used daily. Many working dog owners have noticed that after using a remote training collar their dog becomes attentive and responsive to commands, and more interactive with them, making for a good dog/handler relationship.

How do I train my dog using an electronic Remote Dog Training Collar?

Your Remote Trainer will have a product manual included in the package. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to review the entire Operating and Training Guide provided with your product, and any specific cautions. The following tips are a general overview of how to use a training collar and are not intended to replace the operating and training instructions as specified in the official product manual for your product.

A Remote Dog Training Collar is not an instant solution; it is used in combination with your regular training programme to be done with your dog once he is old enough to understand basic commands. A Remote Dog Training Collar can speed up the learning process, particularly with off leash training because it allows you to communicate instantly with your dog from a distance, while providing a stimulation that means something to your dog.

  • Follow the instructions in the Operating and Training Guide provided with your product for fitting the Receiver Collar and finding your dog’s training level.
  • Eliminate one misbehavior or teach one obedience command at a time. If you move too fast with training, your pet may become confused.
  • When using your Remote Collar for training purposes, you apply low levels of stimulation just before you give your command. You continue to apply the stimulation until your dog performs the command.
  • After several repetitions your dog will eventually learn to “turn the stimulation off” by performing the command.
  • Be consistent. Correct your pet every time he misbehaves.
  • Unless you can supervise him, it is recommended that you restrict your pet from situations in which he has a history of misbehaving. However, setting up a situation as a training session can dramatically improve your chances of success.
  • If your pet reacts to the tones by hiding or acting fearful, redirect his attention to a simple and appropriate behavior, such as the “sit” command.
  • Only let responsible family members use the Trainer. It is not a toy!
  • Other pets in hearing range will be affected by the training tones. Therefore, training sessions should be conducted out of hearing range of other pets.

Example: Teaching the “Sit” Command

  1. Put a separate, non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck ABOVE the Receiver Collar, and attach a 10-foot leash. Note: Be sure the extra collar does not put pressure on the Contact Points.
  2. Hold the leash and the Remote Transmitter in one hand. Keep your other hand free to guide your pet into a “Sit” position.
  3. Press and hold the Stimulation button.
  4. Immediately give the “Sit” command while continuing to hold the Stimulation button.
  5. Release the Stimulation button as soon as your pet is in position, and praise him.
  6. Release your pet from the “Sit” command and play.
  7. Repeat Steps 2 through 6.

Example: Teaching the “Come” Command

  1. Put a separate, non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck ABOVE the Receiver Collar, and attach a 10-foot leash. Note: Be sure the extra collar does not put pressure on the Contact Points.
  2. Hold your leash in one hand and the Remote Transmitter in the other.
  3. Wait for your pet to walk away from you. Using the Recognition Level for your pet, press and hold the Stimulation button on your Remote Transmitter.
  4. Immediately give the command “Come” while continuing to hold the Stimulation button.
  5. Using the leash, gently guide your pet toward you until he begins to come in your direction.
  6. Immediately release the Stimulation button as soon as your pet steps towards you, and praise him enthusiastically.
  7. Quickly move backwards as your pet begins to come back to you, praising him the entire time.
  8. Praise your pet when he returns to you
  9. Repeat Steps 3 through 8.
  10. Once your pet responds readily to the “Come” command several times, back away from him without giving a command. When your pet turns toward you, give the command “Come”
    (WITHOUT STIMULATION) and praise him while you continue to back up. Praise your pet when he returns to you.
  11. Use your leash to prevent your pet from running past you. If your pet manages to run past you, repeat Steps 3 through 8.