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8 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Shock Collar

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Shock Collar for DogsWhether you have a pup with a penchant for persistent barking, or you’d like to train your dog to stay in the yard, you may have considered a shock collar, electronic collar (e-collar) or remote training collar. As with any method of behavior modification, there are pros and cons. Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose what method works best for you and your pets, so we’ve laid out the facts to help you decide.

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If you do decide that a shock collar is the right training device for your dog, we recommend the PetSafe Yard & Park Remote Dog Trainer (shown right) for its eight levels of correction, beep-only option, rechargeable battery and 400-yard range. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other electronic options out there, but it gives you more control and therefore a more positive training experience for your pup. It also allows you to train your dog with a much more mild tingle on levels one–three, rather than starting out with an intense shock. This is our top pick for best dog training collar.

How Does A Shock Collar Work?

Shock collars are a type of aversive training initially used in the 1960s to train hunting dogs. These days, shock collars are often used to curb a variety of stubborn and unwanted behaviors in family dogs, from excessive barking to food aggression, as well as to train pups to stay safely within a property line or to stick close by while off leash.

Shock collars are not intended as a punishment, but more as a deterrent to train negative or unsafe behavior out of a dog. The theory is that your dog will associate the unwanted behavior with an uncomfortable shock and stop doing it until they no longer require the reminder.

The shock administered by an approved shock collar is safe, so while it is certainly enough to get your dog’s attention and deter certain behaviors, it won’t do any lasting physical harm. With most shock collars, there are several levels of enforcement, so you can set the level to reprimand the unwanted behavior accordingly. For example, many shock collars will administer a beep and/or a vibration as a warning before an actual shock is delivered to your dog. The beep also allows you to give a verbal command (“No!” or “Down!”) with the warning beep or vibration to further disrupt the unwanted behavior. With boundary training (often marketed as an electric fence or an invisible fence), the shock collar is triggered by wires placed underground along the property line so the dog learns exactly how far they can go before they reach the boundary.

Once set to “shock” mode, there are usually varying levels of intensity delivered by a two-pronged device attached to a dog collar. If you’re using a shock collar as a barking deterrent, the collar responds to the vibration of your dog’s vocal cords. If you’re using the collar to deter behavioral issues like food aggression, jumping or leash aggression, a remote control allows you to administer the shock in conjunction with the unwanted behavior.

Eight Things to Know Before Buying a Shock Collar

We have chosen four pros and four cons that we think everyone should consider before using or purchasing a shock collar for a dog. Please be sure to read these carefully, and feel free to ask us any questions you have about the pros and cons of using a shock collar.

Pros of Shock Collars For Dogs

1. Adjustable Intensity

Most modern shock collars give you the flexibility of a warning beep or vibration mode, and adjustable settings on the levels of shock, which can be comforting to people are who are on the fence about using a shock collar. Other collars, such as spray collars, which administer a harmless but foul-smelling blast up a dog’s snout, are usually not adjustable.

2. Fast Results

Some pet owners report that it only took a few shocks to correct an unwanted behavior in their dog and after that, the beep or vibration was warning enough. Shock collars can also be very effective at keeping your dog on your property, which will help keep them safe while giving them freedom. Of course, more stubborn dogs may take longer to train.

3. You Don’t Need to Be Present

Shock collars, when used to control chronic barking, work even while you’re away from home or inside the house. This can be especially helpful if you’ve had neighbors complain about your dog’s loud protests while you’re out. The same goes for shock collars as boundary control, although they do require some hands-on training. Of course, we don’t recommend leaving your dog unattended outside for extended periods of time, with or without a shock collar.

4. Affordable

A shock collar can be a cheaper alternative to a professional dog trainer or a fence. Shock collars range from $25 to about $200, depending on features such as remote control, adjustable warning/shock levels, a range of distances (usually 30 to 400 yards), and the number of collars included.

Cons of Shock Collars For Dogs

1. The Shock

Most pet owners can’t fathom causing pain to their pet. But even with the ability to control the intensity of the shock, you are still using aversive behavior modification. Many dog trainers choose positive reinforcement (reward) as a means of behavior modification over negative feedback.

2. The Fear

Fear in dogs can be dangerous, so you never want to train a dog with fear. With shock training, some dogs may learn to fear people, objects, or situations they associate with the collar. One pet owner we know said their dog refused to go outside after training with the invisible fence they installed and started urinating in the house instead of going to the back door.

3. Over-Correction

Without you there to control when a shock is administered, automatic bark collars and electric fences may deliver shocks unintentionally or too often. This unnecessary shock could confuse your dog by “correcting” a problem that was not even there.

4. No Positive Reward

On their own, shock collars don’t reinforce good behavior with a positive reward such as your affection, verbal approval (“Good boy!”) or a tasty treat. So while a shock collar may effectively deter negative behaviors like jumping on visitors or running after the mail carrier, it doesn’t reward positive behavior such as sitting patiently or obeying a command to “Stay!”. As with any training, you should always reinforce positive behavior with a reward of affection, playtime or a small treat.

E-Collar Training and Introduction Video

Learn about training your dog using an e-collar. There are some helpful tips in this video.

Grow Your Bond With Your Dog

Remember, using a shock collar doesn’t make you a bad pet parent, and it doesn’t mean you are torturing your dog. It is unlikely that an electronic training collars would destroy your relationship with your dog. In fact, shared training sessions could improve your bond with one another. No matter what training tools you decide to use, the intended purpose is to help your dog, whether it’s to stop him from barking unnecessarily, or to keep him from harm’s way. Keep that in mind when using a shock collar or any training tool.

Have you had success using a shock collar on your dog?

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Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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Andrea
Andrea

HELP !! My dog is a black lab, rotti, heeler cross and he has a bad bad habit of barking and howling when we leave the house. he does it for about half an hour straight after we leave, a few times when we are gone. he is REALLY bad when it gets dark outside .. our neighbours have complained and we live in a townhouse. Can anyone suggest what collar would be the best one? I will only put it on him when we leave in the evening….

Ashley
Ashley
My dog is a 3 1/2 year old beagle mix, we just rescued his from the shelter about a month ago. For the first few weeks as he was learning to live with us and his new home he wasn’t much of a barker, but now he “demand” barks at us. He doesn’t bark on walks when he sees people or other dogs ( only barks when he sees a pesky cat!). He is a very good dog and we are slowly teaching other obedience commands like “Sit” “Stay” and “Come” but he is still constant with these aggressive/ demanding… Read more »
Josh
Josh
My dog is a half German Shepard half Black lab and is about 15 months old. He has a bad habbit of chewing sticks and wood. I am concerned about his teeth and him ingesting wood. I am starting to consider a shock collar and give him a jolt everytime he goes to pick up a stick. Some of his sticks are not sticks but small logs lol. I have tried and tried to say NO! when he goes for wood and he will listen but when I turn my back he is right at it again. I play ball… Read more »
Rachel
Rachel
So I bought a shock collar about 2 weeks ago after my 8 mo old Carolina Dog (I just found out she is an American Dingo aka: Carolina Dog and thus very wild) acted completely wild at someone’s house, so bad that we were told to leave due to her behavior. She pooped in the house, ran out the front door into the street, knocked over her popup kennel and her water bowl inside and essentially got water all over the house and herself, and she almost took a chunk out of the other dog there. She has a BIG… Read more »
Erica
Erica

I have a almost 6 month old Australian Shepard/German Shepard mix. He is in obedience training now and does really good with everything when I am around. If I leave the room for just a second he starts going in after my 13yo son. Barking, biting, jumping on top of him on the couch. I have a 3yo as well an concerned he will do it with her as well. Would a collar work with this behavior?

Rachel
Rachel
I just posted my story above. I am no expert but I have trained one of my dogs not to bite aggressively and I am in the middle of training my Carolina Dog (American Dingo) now. I believe that if your dog is acting that way with your son to play with him, I would try the collar. It is a negative reinforcer. I have an extensive background in Psychology and shocks are used all the time on test subjects (from people to lab rats) to cause any chosen behavior to be worked out and discontinued. It’s really basic psychology… Read more »
Erica
Erica

Thank you! Yes it is more just a play with me thing. He is very high energy even after a 5 mile walk. He is a very good natured dog and hasn’t gotten aggressive with anybody or anything. Again thank you!

Sydne Miller
Sydne Miller

I have a 8 month old Siberian husky German Shepherd mix. She’s a big baby she loves to play but she doesn’t understand how big she is yet and tends to knock over and bite at my youngest daughter. She is not mean or aggressive at all she just doesn’t understand she’s bigger and stronger yet. She also has a bad habit of getting in the trash and eatting toys and such that she know she’s shouldn’t. We have tried alot of different techniques to train her but I’m out of options at this.point. would buying a shock collar help?

Rachel
Rachel

Sounds a lot like my Carolina Dog (American Dingo). She doesn’t understand her play nipping gets too hard and leaves bruises. I just started her on a shock collar today and I’ve gotten only positive results.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

It sounds like your dog is doing normal puppy things. I think if I were in your situation I would “doggy proof” the house. Get trash cans with lids on them, put things up high to where she can’t get them, etc. I know it would cause more work for you, but it would cost you no money. Shock collars aren’t recommended for dogs younger than 6 months old, so your dog is technically old enough if you choose to go that route. The decision is ultimately up to you.

Sydne Miller
Sydne Miller

Sadly putting things up high spent work she’s so tall now at 8 months that she is pretty much as tall as I am(5 “7”) when she stands she’s a very big puppy

Steve
Steve

I haven’t read any one with a thunderstorm barking problem, any advise. She’s always been sensitive to loud Moises. Thundershirt was not really effective. Thanks.

Tessi
Tessi
Not sure how often you get thunderstorms where you live but if they arent very often and you can tell one is on its way you could try feeding your dog something starchy and heavy about an hour before if you can. Mashed potato or overcooked rice or pasta work well. It should make her sleepy and help her sleep through it. Its always worked on my 7 year old husky when there are fireworks going off in the area. Cant say about tunderstorms as she whines to be OUT in them. Loves to lie in torrential rain and watch… Read more »
Rachel
Rachel

I was gonna say thundershirt! But good to know now that doesn’t work. Not sure here, maybe seek professional advice from your vet or maybe groomer? Good luck!

Kim Huffmaster
Kim Huffmaster

We live out in the country on a dirt road . Our dogs stay close by. Until now. Our female goes to the neighbor’s about a mile up the road because her son aggravates her. He is 2. We had him neutered about a year and half ago, but he still is clingy with her. She waits for us by the woman’s trash container and then follows us home. Her safety is my main concern. I really don’t want to keep her penned up. Any suggestions please. Thank you

Michelle
Michelle
I have a 3 y.o., 120 lb. Bernese Mountain Dog. Very goofy, sweet, fun-loving dog. When on walks, he gets extremely excited when we pass other dogs and tries to run up to them to greet and sniff. Usually a well trained, obedient dog, all known training goes out the window and he blatantly ignores my commands. He is so strong, I often struggle to restrain him. This is a major problem, because I am 5 months pregnant, and fell yesterday when trying to pull him back. I am wondering if a shock collar would be in our best interest… Read more »
Donna
Donna

I have had a lab/hound mix rescue since September. He is really charming with people, but at home with us he is either really good or really bad. By bad I mean he jumps on us, mouths our hands and feet, or goes after couch cushions, paper, or anything else he isn’t supposed to be chewing on. We have him on behavior supplements, take him to doggy day care, and he’s got lots of toys. We’ve even tried apple bitter spray. I’m wondering if the behavior collar would work for him or make him aggressive.

Shaun
Shaun

I have a 2 year old half pit half Australian Sheppard he is getting very animal aggressive he has killed two neighborhood cats. Is getting food aggressive with our other two dogs. They are smaller than him and he could easily hurt them but never has he gets completely psychotic if he sees any other kind of animal. Other than that he is sweet and lovable and laid back could use some. Help

Christina Sermos
Christina Sermos
I’m having the same issue with my pit and my cattle mix. We’re trying to blend our families and my other half has small dogs. My pit tried twice to kill one of them (he’s also killed cats whom were family pets when we weren’t home) and my cattle mix goes after his beagle. I bought basket muzzles and are working with a trainer she likes the ecollar as long as you’re comfortable as an owner. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes we have yet to do a walk again with the collars. I do know it’s helped… Read more »
Em Sea
Em Sea

I have a 10 month old Beagle who is such a fun girl inside bid the house. However, the minute the door opens, she bolts and ignores her name, ignores come commands…I’ve ever tried luring her back with toys or treats but she acts like I’m completely invisible! Same issue when I’m attempting to walk her on leash, and she sees another dog. The howling and whining is extremely loud and embarrassing, and no matter what i do, i cant seen to get her attention with treats or anything. Should I try the shock collarto curb these behaviours?

Sandra Tinney
Sandra Tinney

I definitely would. Got a sportdog 350 yard trainer for my lab and it has made a whole world of difference

Marina Cahill
Marina Cahill
My mother (me) has a Akita/Shepherd mix who was not trained to stay or come when called. She kept him locked in the house where his primary entertainment was to chase her cat. Now that I am her caregiver, I have responsibility for this dog. He’s about 75 lbs and does not like other animals. I cannot let him out without a leash because he will run off and look for other animals to attack. He will stay close to the house (less than 1/2 mile) but takes off the minute you get near him. Last time he was out… Read more »
Britney
Britney
Just wondering if anyone had a positive experience in a similar situation. We have a 90 lb Mix (rotti, sharpei, pit). We have spent thousands of dollars on various types of training (purely positive and everything in between). We currently use a prong collar however he remains EXTREMELY LEASH reactive. He is a very fearful and anxious dog (sounds, new people, changes in our home) but we can control/manage those behaviors. On leash he is a nightmare if a dog or person is within his “threshold of reactivity” (aka on the sidewalk approaching him). He goes to doggy day-care and… Read more »
Lisa K
Lisa K
Shock collars work for some things but if your dog already has anxiety issues, it will only make the situation worse. It sounds like you might want to talk to your vet about getting medication for your dog’s anxiety and aggression. Prozac or Zoloft do wonders for dogs like the one you’ve described. It’s much harder to re-train a dog to change behavior than it is to teach them a new one. This is because each time they have engaged in the current, bad behavior, they have reinforced a neural pathway and you are trying to create a new pathway… Read more »
joanna
joanna

I have a 2yr old stubborn husky… I cannot walk him without a leash and definitely cant let him out side the house without one neither because he will run away and we are located in a busy street. Has anyone with a husky used the shock collar and have it worked? I am a little scare of using one because I think it will hurt him. any suggestions? I’ve spend a lot of money with someone who had him for over 6 weeks to train him and that was a complete waste of money. HELP!!!

Lindsey
Lindsey
I need some advice on possibly using a shock collar on my dog. My dog is a sweet little rescue Pomeranian-Corgi mix. He is my baby, and he is very protective of me. He is a very sweet and social dog. When I first got him, he was terrified of people, but now he doesn’t know a stranger. He will go up to anyone expecting to get loved on. I also have 2 rescue bunnies, which he loves. They all get along very well and even play together at times and snuggle. Here’s the problem- since I have gotten him,… Read more »
Lynn
Lynn

Why are you so keen on forcing him to be a social butterfly? Some dogs (like some people) just don’t want to socialize. Try buying some yellow ribbon – add some to your dog’s collar, and to the middle of your leash. It’s a sign that your dog is not friendly and doesn’t want to “meet and great”.
If you are desperate to get him to be more friendly, click training might help. It’s a good way to help more reserved or fearful dogs learn to approach new situations (items, animals, people) little by little.

Melanie
Melanie
Lynn, I have the exact same issue as Lindsey above with my pit bull mix. While I can’t speak for her…I’d like to address your question above and to add to her post. I think it’s not that as a pet owner I would want to force the dog to be more social, but rather, it’s that I want our pet to be more socially acceptable and enjoy a simple walk through the neighborhood peacefully. My dog is so bad when we we try to go out with him in public that it turns into a huge unpleasant ordeal for… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt
Hi Melanie, I’m so sorry you’re having this issue. I’ll speak from my own experience here. When we got our dog Sally in February she was very happy and loved meeting new people. However, on our walks she would bark and lunge immensely at any person, dog or bicyclist we passed. It was very frustrating for us because we didn’t know if she was being aggressive or just excited and wanted to meet them all. It made walks frustrating and unenjoyable. We came to the point where we were going to go to a trainer or get an e-collar. We… Read more »
Christine
Christine
My dog has been having similar issues as all of the other commenters on here. She is a black lab around 2.5 years old and is super quirky and goofy. However, she tends to growl at nothing, growl, bark and charge when people are at the door, and even bark and scare people outside. My grandmother is afraid to come inside anymore when my family isn’t home. We have tried obedience training, which didn’t help with her issues; and we’ve tried vibrating collars, spray bottles and more. Do shock collars work in cases like my dog’s, what with her aggressive… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt
Our dog had some of these tendencies. The dog trainer in her obedience class told us to keep her on a leash for at least two weeks inside the house. It wasn’t fun for us or her, but we had to do it to show that she was only allowed where we said she could be. It sounds like our dogs are similar and have some alpha tendencies. By keeping her on the leash, we are showing our dogs that we are the boss. We have seen great results so far. We are still working with our dog but are… Read more »
Sandi
Sandi
My son has two dogs. One is a German Shepherd and the other one is a small Parmeranin Husky . He just moved in to his new house in Sept. The problem is that the neighbor has chickens that run free in a fenced in area. The dogs hear the chickens and will go over there. They haven’t ate any of chickens but the lady said she would shot the dogs if they come on their property again. She has called the police too. The police said she has the right to shot them. Also the two dogs bark constantly… Read more »
Brian
Brian

This situation sounds horrible. I have a German Shepherd that just went through training and the collar is working great. My advice would be to get both. Anyone who threatens to shoot a dog must be taken seriously. It may be expensive but I think the best option is to get a fence and separate those two properties. Also you have the right to protect your home. If she wields a gun in your direction or the direction of your home call the police again.

Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

Many people in my neighborhood use invisible fence collars and they seem to work great. Read our article (linked in the sentence before) to learn more about how they work.

Daina
Daina
I have a year and a half old pit bull lab mix. He looks a lot more like a lab than pit bull. Longer snout and a lean yet muscular athelectic lab body. He is a very sweet and smart dog. We have multiple dogs at the house and I used to take him to the dog park but stopped. He sometimes gets into fights with our other dogs, no real biting or anything just pins them and barks a bit and if I say stop he stops. He honestly is quite obiedent. MY ISSUE is he jumps and climbs… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt

Perhaps using an invisible fence collar would help. They make some that don’t need to be dug into your yard. All you do is plug the unit into your house and set the distance your dog is allowed to go and if your dog steps beyond that distance it gives a beep or a shock (depending on the style).

Jen
I have a kind of complicated situation. I took in my boyfriends dog last week who’s been back and forth between him and his brother for 3 years. My bf and I dropped him off at his brothers 10 months ago because where we moved to we couldn’t have him. Now his brother is getting relocated again (Air Force) and cannot take him, and my bf is across the country and can’t have him there and where I moved to know I’m allowed to have pets. So here I have an 8 y/o pit bull that weighs 80lbs, is not… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Admin
Kimberly Alt
Hi Jen, thanks for reaching out to us. My husband and I recently started taking our dog, Sally, to an obedience class. To sum it up, the whole point of the class is to show our dog that we are the alpha and we will protect her. We are her parents, so just like her dog parents, we will protect her from any harm. (It’s basically doing what you need done — reprogramming the dogs so they aren’t the alphas.) In the end we want Sally to listen to our commands (sit, stay, down) as well as not feel like… Read more »
Lynn
Lynn
I can’t help but be extremely scared for your daughter. Neutering is pretty cheap and can make a big difference in aggressive behavior. We just adopted an un-altered 4 yo male chihuahua/pit bull mix (think 9 lb chihuahua with powerful haunches). He was insane – barking, lunging, pulling on the leash, unable to stop bad behaviors once started. After about 2 months, he has calmed down enough to start behavior training. The barking is still annoying, though he is walking calmly on a leash now. You could reach out to a pit bull rescue organization in your area for help… Read more »
Denise
Denise

I have been looking for a collar that will work for barking, while I’m away & yet let me use a controller to finish up training while I’m with my dog. Is there such a thing, that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars?

Billy
Billy

1 year old Parsons/JackRussell mix. Digs holes all over the yard. Not trying to dig out just digging. Shock collar ?

Lyford
Lyford
Shock collars are God’s gift to this earth. I have no Control of my dog without it. With it, I can control his every move. It has kept him safe (most importantly). My dog is very sensitive as well emotionally. If I yell at him he is scared of me for sometimes days. I love my shock collar because he doesn’t know it is me correcting him. He thinks it is God striking him down for being a bad dog, and he knows that coming to me will guarantee his safety. Now a days, I mainly use the beep function… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa

I love the God striking down part!

Kerri
Kerri
I am considering getting a shock collar for my dog. My sister and her fiancé just go to a house and had a fence put in. My dog the whole time ran around the fence barking at anything and everything to the point she could not even stay outside with the other dogs. DO shock collar hurting your dog? I do not want to cause any harm and would not want her to not trust me or not like me after using one. Do shock collars work with jumping also? I haven’t done all my research yet but any information… Read more »
Sheri Smith
Sheri Smith

I need help. I have tried EVERYTHING to help get my dog to stop barking. Sprays, medication, citronella spray collar, bark collars and nothing is working. I just bought another one a couple days ago and he feels nothing. What is a good collar to get a thick skinned dog that will work for barking

Michelle
Michelle

I have a hound lab mix about 9 months old. Over all god dog! Loves to dig in yard and eat yard furniture. Will a shock collar be the way to go for these habits. Spray and crate do nothing

Peg
I have a 2 1/2 year old boxer, he is usually very good, but sometimes for no reason that I have been able to figure out, he will attack my little female pug. Usually he doesn’t hurt her, only stands over her and growls and scares her and me, but once he did bite her and actually drew blood. He also will snap at you if you push him when he is sleeping. We allow him to sleep on the foot of the bed at night and if you move him, he will snap. I am wondering if an E-collar… Read more »
marc
marc

Seriously….if he snaps when unprovoked he needs to go. Do the math! A collar will not help an overly aggressive dog.

cotton
cotton

in this case i dont feel shock collar is what’s needed!! you need to learn how to show him you are alpha!! the standing over is called postering! its showing dominance , before someone get hurt you should learn how to show your dog you are alpha!!!

Stephanie Viola
Stephanie Viola

Im no expert by any means, but every training I have ever experienced disagree’ s with a dog sleeping in your bed. My understanding is that now you have put yourself in your dogs eyes as its equal. For lack of a better word, theres no respect. Your dog is trying to climb the ranks in his “pack”. I know your question is about using a shock collar or not. This Im actually exploring as an option for my pup. Good luck!

cotton
cotton

you are only partly right!! you must show your dog you are alfa but look at most packs and the alpha dog sleep in a pile!! when sleeping in bed with or near you make them part of your pack!! you dont let them sleep with their head on yours!! but other than that its only a pack thing!! in the case above the dog feels he is alpha so that’s the problem not that its in the bed!!

Dee
I really need help. I’ve been through a lot of different routes including; crate training, positive reinforcement clicker training, strenuous exercising, spray bottles, penny cans, tone collars, citronella collars, an ultrasonic system and vet prescribed medication (prozac+xanax) but nothing works. a vibrating/shock collar are the only thing that I haven’t tried. My Mini Australian Shepherd is an incessant barker but only when I leave and won’t stop until I get home. Even if she is being watched by someone no one can get her to stop. It’s to the point that she’s hoarse and dehydrated. I’m really worried that she… Read more »
Derek
Derek
I would just like to say they need to come up with a different name because a Elizabethan Collar which is a cone collar is also called a E collar…. So wtf i went through so much trouble using the word E-Collar people thought i meant something else anyway the best Static Shock collar or S-Collar you can buy is a Mini Educator it has minimal electric shock for training your dog there are 100 levels of shock on the collar not just 6 or 15 it also has a vibrate button to warn the dog he is doing something… Read more »
Kalee
Kalee
I have a Weenie/Spitz mix. She was the only pup which is rare but with her being the only one, she has been crating with her mom up until I got her. She is extremely well behaved and potty training is going great, she is very independent but is the most people dog I have ever seen. She is content with everything except for being left alone. When she has been in her crate, she pulls the blankets off of the top and somehow they end up inside the crate with her, she has thrown up after only being left… Read more »
cotton
cotton

the others have already said what it is and it is ruff for the pups! but i leave tv on to help mine! it could help while you do the other training!

Derek
Derek

I have the same issue with my dog. I babied him when he was a puppy up until about 8 months i brought him everywhere with me. He still freaks out when i leave but now he chills after about 5 to 10 minutes instead of howling for a hour straight lucky for me i had family to stay with him for a hour or 2 while i was gone in the beginning and now i do crate him he gets agitated but knows that i will always come back to him

Hobo
Hobo

Your puppy is suffering from separation anxiety. Google the term and you’ll find solutions.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We actually have an article on separation anxiety if you’d like to learn more about it.

Tali
Tali
I have two stubborn dogs, one more so than the other. Most stubborn dog would not walk on a leash, obsessively ate poop, refused to stop barking when told, charging the kids through the fence, and chasing the neighbors cats. Less stubborn dog would be aggressive towards the kids, hyper, refused to wait at doors just bolting out, aggressive barking in his crate, and never coming when called. Got a shock collar and within two days I had perfectly behaved dogs, which I couldn’t accomplish with a full year of traditional training. They listen, are focused on me, interact appropriately… Read more »
Terrie
Terrie

Tali what brand did you go with?

Jennifer
Jennifer

Couldn’t have said it better myself!! Our boxer/pit was a nightmare and SO defiant until we got the shock collar. Took no time at all for him to become the super awesome and behaved big ol’ baby that he is now. 🙂

Kathy
Kathy
Tali, What kind of collar did you get? Our dog will not stop barking when my daughter comes over with her newborn baby now. I think it’s jealousy because my daughter used to play with her non stop, take her for rides, walk her and now cannot do that. She follows her everywhere with the baby, tries to sit on her lap, etc. It’s the barking that makes us nuts. We have tried putting her in another room, everthing, etc but nothing works. It has to stop. We figured we would try the collar since she learned the electric fence… Read more »
Sophia
Sophia
Thank you so much for sharing! I am loosing my mind over my french bulldogs. The older one is extremely aggressive towards her sister. Half the time they will play nicely and then all of a sudden she will snap at her out of no where. When I try and break it up, I get bitten unintentionally. The younger frenchie is now learning to be aggressive and I can’t intervene 24/7. I just had a baby and I worry that once he starts walking he can get in the cross fires of a fight. I was considering bark collars but… Read more »
Danielle
Danielle
I have a 14 month old american bulldog/pitbull mix who likes to chase horses. It is nothing aggressive, he just wants to play, but the horses don’t see it that way. Typically, they put their heads down and their ears back and they chase him off. However, recently he got into a situation at the barn with a new horse that could have ended badly. My barn owner believes that I need a shock collar because he didn’t listen when he was chasing the horse and that he needs a little motivation to focus. I would rather use any other… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
Don’t leave him home!! That stuff is SO fun for dogs. Girl, get the shock collar! I know he’s your baby and the thought of hurting him sucks but these people aren’t lying, you won’t have to use the shock function much. If you use the vibrate as a warning and then use the shock, they listen to everything you say as soon as they feel that vibration. I have a SUPER stubborn puppy and now we can play and have a great time and take him places because we have control and know that we can keep him safe… Read more »
bart
bart
hello, exactly the same with my rottweiler, he wanted to play with horses, they where trying to kick him and it became dagerous for him and maby for the horses to. i yelled my lungs out, he refused to come back. i had to go get him out of the horses meadow with the risk of getting hurt myselve and i was so angry i gave hime some punishment. the next walk he wanted to go to the horses again. the punishment had had no effect. i bought a e collar, the thing worked so good i had to use… Read more »
Jack Rekshasa
Jack Rekshasa
My experience with my 135lb Rotty was completely transformed through the relatively sparing use of an electric collar. He would behave on the leash for the most part, but ignored me if he had something that he was interested in. Pretty frustrating. I was really averse to using anything like a shock collar but one day, Ben was run into by a vw bug on the main road not far from my house. No one was hurt really. He just didn’t poop for 3 days. All was well so no harm no foul–except for the obvious wakeup call. The thing… Read more »
Chantelle Hederman
Chantelle Hederman

We have recently relocated from SA to the U.K. And our German Shepard cross has taken a total dislike to the one next door neighbor. They are becoming frustrated as they are unable to go into their garden without our girl barking at her. We were thinking of an E-collar to control her barking but struggling to decide if it is the best option. Any advice?

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

I have a one year old pitbull mixed. I’m not sure if he’s hyper for a puppy but I want to put him in the house but he jumps and takes off running everything. Even when I let him out in the backyard he gets out..We have A 2yd old so I can’t have the jumping but I’m considering the collar for both reasons any other suggestions?? I’ve also tried positive reinforcement but that’s failing horribly

Jennifer
Jennifer

I have a 5 month old boxer/pit and he’s the same way. Shock collar worked wonders and now he’s our spoiled rotten baby. <3

Michelle
Michelle

Hi, I have a very noisy out who my neighbours are complaining about, she barks outside even if only out to do her job & constantly barks at the tv. I have tried a bleep & vibration collar but she just ignores it, does nothing at all!! My husband is telling me that she will have to go but to me that isn’t & option. I’m considering desperate measures with an electric shock collar as she is a stubborn little minx.

Sarah
Sarah

Off Leash K9 can help you. My dog has totally transformed since getting their help! Look them up!

Stevie
Stevie
If you own a intelligent dog a shock collar can destroy his trust in humans period. I have owned Dobermans For years and my last one is very dominate and bossy so I tried the collar on low since the sound did nothing. He knew instantly that I was the one that controlled the shock. After one shock I couldn’t even attemp to collar him again as he groweled when he seen the collar . He then became more dominate than he was. I had to rework everything with him from putting a leash on to getting him to listen… Read more »
Paul
Paul
If the collar hurt him then you were on too high a setting. There is no need for the collar to make your dog jump on yelp. My dog responds to the lowest level on my e collar which to my hand literally feels like a fly landing on me. For some behaviours it is of course necessary to use a higher setting but even then anyone watching should not know whether or not you pressed the button. Research how to use the collar before strapping them on. Give them time to get used to what the shock means. My… Read more »
Cristina
Cristina
I have an extraordinarily dominant, bossy female lab/pit mix that I’m really struggling with. I’m considering getting her a shock collar because today, I allowed someone to fit her with one and use the beeping and very low intensity shock while saying no and she stopped what she was doing immediately. She’s the most stubborn dog I’ve ever met. She just DOES NOT listen, especially if I’m telling her come. I think she’s smart, but then she does some really dumb stuff and I question that thought. Did your dog respond to it well at any point or just get… Read more »
Thomas
Thomas

That sucks for you because my shock collar worked like a charm on my German Shepherd and she is the most intelligent dog I ever owned. Once her problem of excessive barking was controlled, she went back to her regular collar the next day. Only took a few minutes of training for a 35 dollar collar, now I never have to worry about getting hit with a noise violation while her protective instincts still remain outstanding.

GEORGIA EVANS
GEORGIA EVANS
I have had three Chocolate Labrador Retrievers. As pups these guys are full of more energy than most and can be stubborn when they set their sights on something. My first Lab and my heart dog that I lost two years ago at 14 was a beautiful, big boy that was the typical Lab pup. I was always against shock collars, thinking they were cruel. We lived on 11 acres on the side of a mountain in Montana so traffic was never an issue. One day Dusty had spied something across a dirt road and took off after it, refusing… Read more »
Melly
Melly

I have a 5 month American bulldog who digs in the back yard. I can see how an e-collar can retrain this behavior.
On another note,
He sleeps with me and every night, we have been playfully wrestling for my side of the bed.
Last night, I pinned him down like I normally do and he very aggressively growled. So I held him down and verbally corrected.
I’m thinking of putting him in his crate for the night, but only temporarily. After a few nights of crate sleeping, I’d like to bring him back and see if he shows aggression again.
Any thoughts?

Gary Gromer
Gary Gromer

My female lab chases after dogs at the dog park and nips them. Then the fight is on. She’s so far away yelling won’t help. I’ve ordered a shock collar. So I’m thinking I’ll watch her and give her a shock when she nips the other dog. Good plan?

Erica Noneman
Erica Noneman
Not a good plan! I have been a professional dog trainer for 10 years. I like and use these collars frequently. However, If not properly introduced ahead of time, your dog may associate the sensation of the collar soley with the other dog. This can be very confusing to dogs and can lead to them immediately becoming more aggressive with the other dog. It can also go the other direction and could make them not want to play with dogs at all. Or may even make them defensive around other dogs. Shock collars(I like to call them Electronic or E… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Great tips! Thanks for sharing your expertise Erica!

Aaron DeLaGarza
Aaron DeLaGarza
Hi, I have a pitbul who is friendly up until he has a toy. Then no human, other than myself, or other animal can approach him without him growling; getting up quickly and moving in a negative fashion, he just recently nipped at my fiancé when she tried to take his toy. She said she wasn’t being foul with him either, but he kept growling. I’ve had him for 8years but only started coexisting with my fiancé a year ago, so I had no idea he has this side of him. He’s the sweetest dog otherwise. He just gets territorial… Read more »
GEORGIA EVANS
GEORGIA EVANS

this is resource guarding and can be changed easily with positive reinforcement – please do not put a shock collar on your dog

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

A shock collar can be used for many unwanted behaviors, this being one of them. If you’d like, you can try a shock collar out. We also recommend reading this article, https://www.caninejournal.com/aggressive-dog-training-tips/. It may spark an idea for how to help your dog. Glance through our Behavior section for other tips as well, https://www.caninejournal.com/category/training/behavior/.

Kevin McComas
Kevin McComas

I have a 3 year old female yorkie shitzsu mix that attacks, for no apparent reason a much older male yorkie. Would a shock collar help in the situation and would there be any chance the other dog would sense any of the effects of the shock collar?

Dan
My dog was a nightmare. Would bolt at any opportunity. Jump up on everyone and dear Lord if there was a squirrel he would lose his mind. We were very close to giving him up. He only had to be shocked a few times. I started with beep/vibration and when he didn’t respond to the stimulus I shocked him. He now responds to the vibration immediately. Now we go on leash free walks and he plays in the yard without fence. That squirrel still makes him crazy but he stops after getting about 20 feet from me without the collar… Read more »
Beth
Beth

I have a 7 month old Great Dane. He jumps and nips a lot. He didn’t start until he was about 5 months old. I’ve taken him to classes at petsmart and tried positive reinforcement when he sits and is calm but it hasn’t worked. I’ve tried time out and that hasn’t worked. The trainer is against a shock collar so I’m very hesitant. Any suggestions?

Kaylia Mendoza
Kaylia Mendoza
Hi there, I have a 4 year old Shiweenie dog and a 2 year old Samoyed, both of them have an issue with extreme barking while we are not at home. We have tried the spray bottles, kenneling, coin cans, positive reinforcement training, and taking them to dog parks and for extremely long walks before we leave to tire them out. It doesn’t seem to be working, and now our neighbors have filed a complaint about them. Some neighbors have taken the liberty of coming to our door and yelling for them to stop. (We had a puppy cam installed… Read more »
Kris
Kris

Hi. I have a neighbor whose dog cries several times every night. Sometimes I believe it shocks the dog every once in a while without the dog barking. I sleep with my window open. It breaks my heart. What should I do? It’s very sad to me.

Shannon Burk
Shannon Burk

If you feel you have a good relationship with the neighbor, Talk to the neighbor, perhaps they are not aware… If you think the dog is being abused in any way contact Animal Welfare immediately. Sad that the dog is left outside all the time.

Margaret Bryant
Margaret Bryant

I have recently visited a professional trainer that uses a shock collar and I am very nervous about this method. Is this inhumane?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
Shock collars are commonly used to train dogs. Shock collars are not meant to cause pain so we do not consider them to be inhumane. However, if used improperly, they can definitely escalate to that. Shock collars should not be used at high enough levels to conduct any type of harm. We believe shock collars are meant to cause the dog to notice the feeling of the shock and stop the behavior. It may alarm the dog because the shock comes suddenly but it should not hurt him or her. Think of when you touch someone and you accidentally shock… Read more »
becky
becky

Hi, I have a one year old female Doberman we got from a lady. We’ve had her for 3 months now. We got her fixed a month ago. She has started to play bite and gets carried away. She gets on the bed and just bites at my hands and feet. I have tried everything to get her to stop. She doesn’t seem to care about the word no. Would the shock collar be good for her in this situation?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Have you tried all of the tips in this article? https://www.caninejournal.com/how-to-stop-a-dog-from-biting/

Laura
Laura
Hi just wondering if I should give the collar a try. I have a cross mix breed but quite large since I got him as I rescued him and he is deaf. Now I have spent a lot of time with him and I also have a young daughter 4 years old. He has become very aggressive with his food. He bit me trying to put his bowl down so now I put the food down open the door then I go out as he scared, sorry to swear, but he has scared the living crap out of me. I… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Laura, it could be worth a try. Each dog is different so it’s hard to say if a shock collar will work on your dog without attempting it. Let us know how it goes and best of luck!

Joyce Warren
Joyce Warren
I adopted a 1 1/2 year-old Akbash stray from the local shelter. She had probably been kicked out of some sheep herding job – most likely because she wasn’t aggressive enough. While she was reasonably friendly, she was indifferent to my opinion at the start and praise had no effect on her. In my part of the world, chasing livestock and game is a shooting offense sanctioned by law. Since she was used to measuring her territory in Colorado counties, my 80 acres were tiny for her. I tried getting her used to boundaries using a 30′ leash and sharp… Read more »
An Jesse
An Jesse

Thank you so much for writing this. My poodle puppy likes to herd cows, llamas & deer (yes, poodle herder- we find it incredibly funny that she herds but incredibly dangerous). We also live in remote Colorado where dogs are shot. We work as land surveyors so she needs to listen to “come”. Even treats couldn’t deter her from having a good “herd”. Every other command is obeyed but this one… I am happy it worked for you and will now give it a go.

Travis Bouck
Travis Bouck
Live on a farm. Had one dog 1 year and a bit (lab/Bernese) and thought it was lonely when we are gone often during the days. Now have 7 month old German Shepard also. Problem is that the two of them now run off and have started killing neighbor’s sheep. He will shoot them next time and I do understand that position. They shoot coyotes all the time to protect the herd. I never allowed dogs when we lived in town because I believe a big dog should have a large area to roam. Unfortunately, now I am tying the… Read more »
Beth
Beth
Hi, we too have lived on acreages and have used shock collars and invisible fence, you can buy them to work up to 100 acres or more. This has allowed our dogs a lot of freedom, and they have learned (with proper training) very quickly, I have to say this has changed their lives as well as ours, I wouldn’t be without this system now and we have used it for over 10 years. We have Rottweiler dogs and they can be very stubborn but have adapted very well to this system. That being said I also would never leave… Read more »
Amy

Control your dogs and keep them on your property or get rid of them. It seems “cruel” for you to tie them up but it’s not cruel for them to KILL your neighbor’s animals? Your neighbor has every right to shoot them and you would rather risk your dogs dying than restraining them or giving them to someone who will actually care about them. What’s wrong with you?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

The only solution we can think of is putting a fence up. This will keep the dogs where they’re allowed to be. It may be pricey to put a fence up around your entire farm so the fence may not be as large of an area as they’re used to. Best of luck and let us know how it goes!

Lyn
We just adopted a rescued Catahoula, he is about 80 lbs. and 2 to 4 years old. We have about 5 acres fenced around the home with hog wire so the rabbits, cats, etc. can get thru but not a large dog. Problem is he goes ballistic running when he gets loose and has gotten loose on a busy main road, the Rock Mountains, and here at home. If he was able to get into one of the pastures there is no telling where he may end up. He will not stop for any commands until he is exhausted. We… Read more »
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