Fido, don’t bark! Fido, come here!…dog training collars!

Does anyone really enjoy the company of a dog that frequently barks for no reason or does not obey the simplest commands?

No!

This is exactly what drove me to find the right training for my dog(s).  As I began to look online, the choices for obedience training became quite confusing and overwhelming.

The cost varied based on what features that you are looking for in the obedience training. My search narrowed to the available dog training collars on the market that would be effective and humane.

No dog collar can be the “say all and cure all”, but with commitment, perseverance, and consistency, anyone can achieve the piece of mind that are seeking with a well-trained dog.

Not all dog training collars are the perfect fit for all kinds of dogs and every pet owner, but with a little research, you can make the right choice for your dog(s).

Unraveling the mystery around dog training collars

Most pets today are considered active or extended members of the family. So when you search for your dog training collar, the question everybody ask is, is it humane? Will is hurt my dog?

Well because of the advancement in technology today, the answer can meet to everyone satisfaction. There are various dog training collars on the market today that your dog will respond to very effectively to that offer no pain or discomfort.

The results can be very positive and they leave the owners with a peace of mind that their extended family member is well taken care of and is a pleasure to have around.

Type of dog training collars

These are 3 types of dog training collars I narrowed my search to:

Electronic/static collars:

These collars can help your dog learn the boundaries of your property (if used with an in-ground, wireless system) or help them decrease an unwanted activity like barking.

For keeping your dog safe and confined, the in-ground wire transmits a signal which makes the collar emit a training tone, which gets your dog’s attention.

If they proceed outside the zone of protection, it delivers a static correction to get their attention and respect the boundary. Over time, they learn that the tone means “no correction” and stay inside the perimeter.

The same principle applies to barking if the barking continues, a distracting correction is given which will stop the activity over time. This is the kind of collar I have used on my dogs, to stop barking.

These types of dog training collars can be convenient, very effective at eliminating unwanted behavior and containment in areas where fences are impossible or unatractive. Once the dog learns to respect the warning tone, no correction is given.

However, the types of dog training collars can be more expense than everyday collars, requires some training to be used effective. Must be charged or have batteries changed periodically.

Beware, If the dog wears the collar too long (12 hrs.), then the contact points can cause neck irritation.

Citronella collars:

These collars work in a similar fashion to the static collars, where they detect an undesired behavior (barking) and instead of a static correction, deliver a spray of harmless citronella near the dog’s nose to distract him.

I have tried one of these on my own dog and, while it did help decrease the barking, I was constantly refilling the citronella.

This is effective for dogs that respond to the surprising spray. However, sometimes these don’t respond to high-pitched barks and some dogs don’t respond to the burst of citronella.

It also require refills of spray and changing of batteries.

Choke/slip collars:

Slip or choke collars can be an effective if used carefully. These exert pressure on the dog’s neck that increases as the dog pulls.

The difference here is that, while a prong collar has an endpoint of pressure, a choke collar can continually tighten the more a dog pulls, which can lead to a potentially unsafe or even deadly situation if the dog becomes stuck or trapped.

These collars are not recommended for every day use and require a lot of the owners attention and effort. Can be effective for dogs who pull, inexpensive and convenient.

No effect on barking.

Which collars are best for my dog

However, it was a chore to keep refilling the citronella often and the dog actually learned that if he shook his head, the citronella would blow out.

He was then cleared to bark with out reprisal (smart dog!).

Our search continued.    

Our second choice in dog training collars lead us to the electronic/static collar.

These types of dog training collars come with a receiver (attached to the collar) and handheld transmitter (controller).

The owner or trainer will activate corrective responses in the form of a shock, vibration, or an audible beep.

We found the vibration and audible beep very effective for our dog’s needs and our peace of mind.

Electronic/static collars are most commonly used as a form of positive punishment, wherein an electric shock or vibration is applied at the exact moment negative behavior occurs.

Levels of intensity vary and are set by the handler according to individual considerations, such as size, weight, and tolerance. The level of intensity should always be just enough to get the dog’s attention: not to hurt them.

When used correctly, these collars can reduce the frequency of undesirable behaviors or eliminate them entirely.

The very first step in choosing an electronic/static collar is ensuring that the design matches the intended application.

If you plan on using an electronic/static collar as a part of field training or as a way to communicate with working dogs, you’ll naturally require a rugged, waterproof collar with a higher than average range and higher price.

If you’ll be working closely with your dog in and around your house, however, you could probably get by with a less-robust construction and lower range and lower price.

Important Note: The specific type of shock collar you use will also require careful consideration. Keep in mind that automatic shock collars, while appearing convenient, have an increased risk of over-correcting your dog.

What am I willing to spend $$

Well, most electronic/static dog training collars can range from under $50 to $150+. This is highly dependent on how many and what features you might wan.

Also, the range of field is factored in (how far will my collar to remote control will work?).

When we went to market for our search, we found online department stores such as Target, Amazon, and Ebay gave us plenty of choices based on consumer reviews and ratings.

All were well within our price ranges and had the options we looked for to met our needs, and work consistently with our dogs.

I personally purchased the Petrainer PET998DRB1 Dog Training Collar Rechargeable and Rainproof 330 yard Remote Dog Training Collar with Beep, Vibration, and Shock Electronic Collar at Amazon.

You can also read my product review on the Petrainer PET998DRB1 at My Product Review.

A well-trained dog is a pleasure to have

Well, as you can see, technology has made our lives easier once again with the advent of the modern dog training collar.

And has made man’s best friend and member of your family happy and well-trained.

Daily life is easier and the dogs love it.

After all, it’s a dog’s world out there!

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