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 (aka 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.

We suggest NOT using these collars until your dog understands basic commands like sit and stay. That way you know that they comprehend what you are asking them to do and they can draw the association between any negative behavior and the “shock.”

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Best Shock Collar For Dogs: Petsafe Yard & Park Rechargeable Collar Review

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If you do decide that an e-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.

We used this e-collar to train our dog to stay with us during hikes. It worked like a charm and we never had to go above a level two vibration (shock was not needed). Now, we don’t even need the collar to achieve the desired behavior but it certainly helped us get to this point.

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 negative or unsafe behavior. The theory is that your dog will associate the unwanted behavior with a slightly uncomfortable jolt 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 or 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 or wireless 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.

Keep in mind, using a shock collar doesn’t make you a bad pet parent, and it doesn’t mean you are torturing your dog, especially when used on the lower non-shock levels. It is unlikely that an electronic training collar would destroy your relationship with your dog. In fact, shared training sessions could improve your bond with one another.

8 Things To Know Before Buying A Shock Collar

Here are 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 shock level. This can be comforting to people 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 (for us we never even needed the shock at all). 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. The same goes for shock collars as boundary control, although they do require some hands-on training.

Personally, I would not leave my dog unattended with a shock collar as I would be scared of overcorrecting while I was not there to observe and adjust to the situation, but this is your choice. Also, 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 fence. Shock collars range in price from $30 to $250+, 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 correction, 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 installed a wireless fence and then their dog refused to go outside after training with it. It even started urinating in the house instead of going to the back door to relieve itself in the yard.

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.

Shock Collar Alternative: HoomDirect Anti-Barking Device

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If you are seeking an alternative to the shock collar, try an ultrasonic bark control device. This one from HoomDirect costs Out of stock and looks like a birdhouse.

It is weatherproof and meant to be used outside. You can hang it on a tree, wall or fence to stop your dog or your neighbor’s dog from obsessively barking. The ultrasonic frequency isn’t harmful to pets and is effective up to 50 feet away.

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E-Collar Training And Introduction Video

Learn about training your dog using an e-collar with these helpful tips.

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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. This applies when using a shock collar or any training collar. Are you unsure of what size collar to get? Check out our handy guide to find the average neck sized based on dog breed.

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

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Karen Tabor
I have a 4 month old German Shepherd Pup. She is constantly biting my 15lb. peek-a-poo around the back of her neck and basically playing just too rough, as if she is chew toy. The peek-a-poo screams in pain and it still doesn’t deter the GSD from being rough. I am constantly telling her “no” which has me fearful that the command no will become ineffectual, and she will gradually stop obeying the no command. I’m wondering if the shock collar will stop her from biting my smaller dog and pulling on her ears and tail.
K. H.
I have an extremely smart, quick-learning 97lb 2 year old Pit (Staffie and ABPT mix). Lately he has developed a BAD habit of nipping when excited or wanting to play. Redirection isn’t working, a break in his crate isn’t working. My concern is that he will accidentally hurt my 8.5year old son or nip at someone else and they’ll then report to animal control due to his breed.
He IS crated still when I’m not home or at night, but is otherwise out with the family (inside or on a long tie while we’re outside with him) – we play ball and get him as active as we can (although we have to be careful due to a recovering ACL/Meniscus tear a year ago that’s still healing), peanut butter filled Kong, LOTS of chew toys and antlers, hide his ball, etc… He is just a big, silly/goofy boy that gets carried away at times but it NEEDS to stop before he hurts someone or gets himself in trouble and has to be gotten rid of (which I definitely DON’T want!!).

In order to get the nipping under control (bitter apple spray used to work on my arm but no longer affects him) I’ve been debating getting a remote ecollar for training. I’ve had dogs with underground fences before and am not concerned about hurting him at all as I know how to ramp up slowly and use beep/vibration first always, and use verbal commands (which this dog knows but doesn’t always listen to!), as well as follow with positive reinforcement when they correct the behavior.

I’ll have to find one in an affordable price range though (under $50, preferably under $40).


I have a Australian cattle dog. Need to train him not to heal and snap at the legs of the horses. Would a electric dog collar work to train him not to go after the horses.
Deb Mitchell
Hi we have had our rescue since May, she has been to a basic training program and graduated, she is food and treat aggressive so we feed her and our other dog in separate rooms and they get treats in separate rooms. This past month she has attacked our other dog. We do not know the reason for the change in behavior, we have tried time out when she plays too rough and that works for a bit but then she goes back at it. We love her and I do not want to bring her back to the shelter because they will put her down. I am trying all I can, so for my long winded question would an e-collar help if if she gets aggressive as a way to stop the behavior.
I would watch some Jeff Gellman videos on YouTube. He has some specifically on working with aggressive dogs and uses ecollars (as do most of the professional trainers that I’ve come across locally and online). Don’t give up on her! Good luck—
Kenny Mitchell
I have 2 five month old goldendoodles we have had for 2 days (I know that isn’t long). The breeder started using pee pads to have them pee and poop. They now pee and poop on our rugs. They have access to a backyard and do their business out there sometimes in which they get a treat and praise but sometimes wait and go inside. Would a shock collar be a good tool to use to deter/break the habit? Thanks!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I may suggest purchasing some pee pads for your dogs to use. Place them over the rugs and after your dogs are consistently relieving themselves on the pee pad, begin moving it closer to the door. This helps them associate going to the door when they need to go potty. Do this until you can move the pee pad outside. Once the dogs go potty outside consistently, you have successfully potty trained them.

This article has information about the best dog pee pads and how to properly use them. You may find it helpful for your situation.

We put Poochie Bells on our front door knob and taught our new pup to paw at the bells when he needed to go out. Works really well. We rewarded him when he did his business outside after ringing the bells. But if he just rang the bells to go outside to play, no reward. Sometimes he gets a time out in the laundry room for a false ring notice. But these bells at the front door did work to get our poodle trained really fast. Highly recommend this method. BTW, our dog just wanted to rip up those pee pads. Gave up on those right away.
Kayla Smith
I have a 10 year old mutt i rescued from the shelter 9 years ago. shes a wonderful dog, but the biggest problem i have with her is whenever she gets the opportunity shell get loose and just run the neighborhood. and she wont come back when called. you either have to try and chase her or wait for her to get tired and just come back home. I dont know what to do about it and I’m afraid that eventually shes gonna get loose and get ran over or shot… She’s done this ever since i first adopted her.
i have the same problem. a way from home woods beech 100 pc trg v good at home no way
Absolutely try the ecollar! This behavior is exactly what they’re really good at controlling.
I have a 9 year old Male (neutered) Shih Tzu. He was rescued at 1 y/o. He is a wonderful dog 95% of the time; however, grooming him is an absolute nightmare. I have tried positive reinforcement, treats, outside groomers, etc and he still is aggressive. I can groom his entire body while he has a cone around his neck, but when it comes to his face, no go. He will attack me, the clippers, the scissors or anyone else around. I am scared that I will nip his eye as he lashes out during facial grooming. I am inquiring if a shock collar (with a warning beep) could be appropriate to deter him from turning into “Cujo” when getting groomed.
this is a terrible idea and can make him be way more fearful than he already is.
Mei Moni
Is there a cheaper shock collar that I can buy that will be less expensive than the Pet Safe Dog Training Collar on Amazon, that will be just as effective?
Premier pet collar
Amy Grose
I have 3 dogs: a mutt, a pit mix, and an English bulldog. Lately the bulldog has been attacking the mutt, and the pit joins in. I have no idea what causes the attacks. Sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s attention…..it’s never anything consistent. The bulldog and the pit have strong jaws so it’s hard to separate them. We’ve tried a stun gun but that doesn’t seem to phase them. Would shock collars work?
Consult a Dog Trainer Behaviorist. Make sure they only do positive reinforcement/force free training.
We have a 97lb German shepherd he’s playful and very smart but when I try to go to bed or the store he constantly barks, I’m exhausted, he’s always barking, he is well fed, has his oun room in the kitchen area so he has everything he needs loves playing frisbee and ball, he has a fence to get his business done in, constantly barks there as well, we are not excited about getting a shock coller but are at our wits end with the barking
Bored dogs will bark a lot and also GSD needs LOTS of mental stimuli (walks, games, jobs, etc.) If it’s a separation anxiety issue, consult a behaviorist. Make sure they’re certified (CCPDT) and do positive reinforcement/ force free training. Changing up your routine before you go to the store too can be beneficial. For example, put shoes on, sit at the table, grab keys, wash your hands, grab coat, open fridge, then leave. Changing the routine can fix the association he has with you leaving. Next, having a special treat (Kong with frozen canned dog food) he only gets when you leave him.
I have rescued a 2 yr old catahula. He was extremely fearful of everything at first. He also has severe separation anxiety. He loves to go to the dog park. We have been going there for 3 months. Unfortunately he has become aggressive towards the other dogs. Would a shock collar be a good way to curb his aggression? He usually lasts about 20 minutes before his aggressiveness comes into play.
No, shock collar with fearful dogs can make it worse. Aversive methods can cause more aggressiveness, fear, and stress in dogs.
Dot Haarmeyer
Our 11 year shitzu barks every time anyone is in the kitchen because he wants food. He has been terribly spoiled by my husband who gives him food when he is in the kitchen. It has become unbearable and we need a quick fix so I am thinking bark collar. Hopefully he would not require the actual shock but only the warning.
Honestly, I would get a remote shock collar. Put it on your husband and every time your husband tries to give your shitzu food in the kitchen….ZAP!!!
I have a dog that is fear aggressive and not food motivated. I wasn’t sure how to keep him calm during situations like hearing a loud noise or seeing a dog on a walk because treats and toys didn’t work for him. My friend told me about the collars and I was apprehensive because I didn’t want to cause pain to my dog. I finally tried it and one day he started to run away when my leash broke and I shocked him because he wouldn’t come back and he came running back. After that, I only had to use to beeping sound and he came to me right away or calmed down while barking or seeing another dog. He actually gets excited to put the collar on because he knows we are either going outside on a walk or doing some sort of fun activity, and the collar doesn’t make him any more fearful and we still have a great bond.
Rebecca Trono
He came running back to you because he was terrified of the invisible attacker who had just struck at him. What people choose not to think about is the fact that the collar is worn in the “kill zone” of the dog, where kill strikes are made. The dog doesn’t interpret a shock as being a consequence for bad behavior; the dog interprets it as having its life threatened by an unseen attacker. I have many clients who have used these collars as well as “invisible fencing” with truly sad consequences, including the fear and anxiety ratcheting up in their dogs and making them afraid of going outside, increasing their reactivity, barking whenever they’re out, and many others. When you try to see things from the dog’s perspective, an animal who is living through the survival instinct, you being to understand just how terrifying it is for the dog, whether it shocks, beeps or vibrates.
Never the less, the dog got the point with a single shock. And, who is more important here, the dog? Or the owner who looks after him?
Tainya Phelps
I have a 12 week old Chocolate Lab. ( Got him 3 weeks ago and at first he was easy to train. These past few days he has started biting. He has to have something in his mouth all the time. I’ve bought every kind of chew toy this is to try and redirect his attention when he is biting.
Is he too young for a shock Collar? I recently purchased the barxbuddy and it did nothing. I’m at my wits end to figure out how to stop this bad behaviour.. Any ideas?
I adopted a dog about one month ago. He’s old breed gsd mix and is 9 mos old. After getting him home, I discovered he was reactive with other dogs, children, has been rehomed twice, and was from a herding family farm. My daughter came into our gate crying and he went at her, I got in between and he bit me, leaving a hell of a bruise. I had been told he had been rehomed due to accommodations but began to believe otherwise and immediately started research. I found Jeff Gellman’s online training advise and program to be miraculous. My dog is now properly kennel,basic command, and leash trained. I did invest in an e collar to assist in eliminating unwanted behavior. I had immediate results on very low settings, and have zero regrets. I was hesitant at first but didn’t want to rehome him again or see him hurt someone and be put down. I still consider him very much a dog in training, but it’s been an overall extremely positive experience for both myself and the dog, who now has a loving forever home.
I also have a GSD mix who is 17 months old. He is very protective of me but not with my husband. Our dog has bitten three people now, all with me being present. We have been to obedience school, have seen a vet behaviorist, he was put on anxiety meds, we had a professional trainer that came to our house once a week for two months this past winter and he is currently on CBD oil for anxiety. The only thing that really seems to help was a prong collar. As much as I didn’t want to, we are going to have to get an e-collar now. He can’t get put down if this happens again. This collar has to work. It just has to. He’s my baby. I hope my boy is able to get turned around like yours did. Thank you for your story, it gives me hope.
Trish Desotell
I have a 2 yr old French Bulldog, She is the perfect dog in the house and with anyone else or any other dog. However, when we go for a short walk for her to do her business, she will just sit down and not move unless I pull her along which I don’t want to do. She has even laid down in the middle of the road and won’t move. Very, Very stubborn on walks. We have had a few good walks with no problems, but it is getting so frustrating I just want to cry. I’ve tried small pieces of treats which she caught on real quick that she can walk maybe 10 ft and sit down again and look at my pocket. I had to call my husband tonight to come pick us up I could not get her to move without dragging her. Has anyone tried a shock collar. We’re hoping just the vibration will do it and get her moving. I’m a little worried.
I have a frenchie as well and he was VERY stubborn with the walks. VERY. Love him to bits but it was incredibly frustrating and a difficult patch in our relationship. One thing is, frenchies tend to be very hungry. I suggest you don’t feed her regularly in a bowl and instead use her dog food as a motivation to walk. I would drop 5 or so little kibbles for my pup every 10 to 15 feet and sure enough he began to follow. After some time I would drop the food every 20 to 25 feet or so. Make sure you do this until all the food she normally eats is completed. Did this with my stubborn Frenchie and now be LOVES walking outside. I also recommend being very generous with positive feedback like “good girl!”
I have tried the colors and they did wonders for all 6 of my dogs. Witch with out the colors won’t shut up. I didn’t want to go that way but a new born in our home I had to. But have bought 13 colors so far because they don’t last long. And we used them as said to , but the ones you charge seem to be better ones to go with hope it helps a little
I need help. My one year old corgi is tearing my carpet ance my house apart. I have tried everythingance I simply cannot afford $2k gouge private training. My dog is terrified of other dogs, so classes are out of the question. I’m asst my wits end ands thinking of getting rid of him. This may be my last and only hope. Will out work?
Don Hutton
Electrocuting your dog is not a good thing to do. There is plenty of research to suggest that they actually increase rates of aggressive behaviour (scary, painful things tend to have that effect) and there are more effective and thoughtful training alternatives.
E-collars do more than ‘electrocute’ a pet. The training collar can be set to beep or vibrate and shocking can be administered as a ‘last resort’, all options depend on the specific behavior mod sought and the animal itself.

I’ve owned 3 (and trained) labs in the last 30+ years and I used ‘choke’ chains on all of them and they all did great and were all very obedient dogs; however, not all pups are alike and some are very stubborn and strong willed and I can see where an e-collar would/might help.

Mary Davis
You do not electrocute the dog with a shock collar. If you use it that way, then that was your intention. The vibration is enough as I would have had to put my little guy down without using it, I am very happy. If you have to use a little pulse, then you do. It is better than awful alternatives or passing your issues with your pet on to someone else. Or, watching them run under a car tire or bite a young child because they wanted to play with their toy. I tried everything and I realized that I have a very little stubborn dog that I love. I am sure there will always be those out there that do not use it properly and with love. It is like when my children were little and being naughty. I spanked them, yes I did, but my spankings were not harsh, there was never any intent to inflict pain, all I had to do was hurt their feelings, not their bums.
Please do not take this as criticism, it’s called lots of experience and love.
Hi I have a pretty good trained lab. I’m looking for a way to deter him from eating his own poops. Would an e colar be a good training tool?
No! There are way safer, and more pleasant ways to teach your dog not to eat crap! Being a proud Pitbull mommy, I certainly understand that bad behavior is undesirable in our fur babies. However, shock collars are simply not the best answer. Try teaching your poop eater the “leave it” command. Verbalize this command over and over each time your dog goes near his waste. When he doesn’t eat it, tell him what a great boy he is and offer a tasty treat! He will start to associate the treat with not eating undesirable things, and presto! You now have a non-poop eating pooch, and the both of you are happier! My neighbor had a shock collar for her doberman Moe, and it caused him permanent brain damage, and it was always kept on the lowest setting! I disagree with this method of “training”, and view it more as punishment. You’ll find that when you reward good behavior, and ignore the bad, your gonna get the results you’re looking for in terms of obedience.
Yes it would but ONLY after being trained by someone competent in their use and of course using a quality product. Highly recommend E collar technologies products (I have no affiliation just years of experience of using them)
Maryann Farrell
I would ask a vet, groomer or trainer about that. My dog eats my rabbits poop, because it’s super healthy and has lot of plant nutrients. Why a dog would eat their own is strange , but most likely a mineral or vitamin issue.
Also my rabbit eat their cecotropes (enriched super nutritious poop) every 24 hours and it’s because they have to or they’ll could get sick or die. If they didn’t. So maybe there’s something g in the pop your dog is trying to reinvest it’s not absorbing. I definitely think it’s a nutrition/absorption issue. I don’t think it’s a behavior
Hi! I know what you’re going through!!! My pup Louis would not stop eating his poop. He’s finally getting out of the habit and he’s about to be 8 months old. It’s been maybe three weeks since the last time he went at it! But I had to literally baby sit him with his poop, and scold him loudly to warn him to step away away from the poop. I was considering a poop deterrent but I was not working and true to go a little longer before having to spend more money. When he stepped away on his own the first time, I almost threw him a party.my dog was doing it more because of our reaction, we would chase him. And he loves that. So he’d do it on purpose. So I also stopped doing that to not give extra attention. Now I have to figure out how to stop the ridiculous barking at anything loud, or his posturing moving objects outside…. also the jumping up to people’s faces. There’s a list. But one thing at a time. I might consider an e collar…. good luck!
Pamela G Valdez
Need an e collar for a German Shepherd.The one I have seems to be ineffective. He doesn’t show any response to it. Can you help?
Yes, throw it away, and dont buy another one. Shock collars are awful, and cause pain and from my experience, brain damage. Simply put in the work, and time it takes to train your dog out of the bad behavior. Reward the good, ignore the bad. German shepherds are extremely intelligent dogs, and I’m sure he will get the hint quickly.
E-collar technologies Mini educator 300 or the EZ900, Ignore the earlier reply and do your own research, a good start is Sean O’shea, feature in the above video.
Joe l
We have a German shepherd that goes to the neighbors yard and aggravates the chickens how can we deter this
Darcy Quinn
We have a 1 1/2 year old rescue dog (who was rescued from another shelter, prior to us getting her) who is part Australian Cattle dog, lab, and healer. I take her running and hiking a lot. She becomes very anxious at people riding bicycles, people running, and people with walking sticks. When in these situations she becomes agitated, animated, forcibly barking, and it has been difficult to hold her back. Unfortunately she has bitten 3 people, my daughter, and I over the past 6 months when in these situations. I have thought about more advanced dog training, but our dog’s agitation is narrow in scope – only when we encounter these things. Someone had recommended a shock collar. I appreciate any feedback.
Get a trainer competent in their use, please don’t ‘wing it’ yourself. Look up all you can from Sean O’Shea, Larry Krohn, Jeff Gellman, Tyler Muto
Mary Davis
Darcy, That is why I have purchased one. Nothing works with my dog. I am really consistent at rewarding the good behavior and distracting the bad. Read about them and understand them and you will be fine. As I said earlier, it is better to give a little zap or maybe only vibration for a reminder of what you expect from your pet but by all means, go nuts with him/her on the good stuff.
I have a 10 year old female dachshund that I rescued five years ago. For the past several months she’s begun barking and growling fiercely at my 11 year old son whenever he comes into my bedroom. He has a friend who has a young puppy that’s being trained with a shock collar and wants me to get one for my dog so she’ll stop acting aggressively toward him. I just read dachshunds are known for this type behavior. I was completely against using one until reading here it can be used without actually shocking the dog. My question is, do you think my dog is too old at ten for the shock collar to work as a training tool? Thank you.
The answer to your question is No, however go to Jeff Gellmans youtube channel Solidk9training and search ‘bonker’, I would try that before resorting to spending hundreds on a good ecollar & associated training
I have a recue lab. He’s a year old and about 60lbs. He’s smart and handle basic commands. We don’t walk daily,but we walk five days out of the week. I kept him in the house after bringing him home, but he sheds a lot. He didn’t like staying outside at first, but now he prefer to stay outside. The issue I have is he won’t stay confine to my four acre yard plus he loves to eat trigs and limbs. I have a 10×20 fences I keep him in but it’s not big enough for such a large dog to be confine to all the time. He’s smart enough to know when it’s time to go back in after he has been let out. He does everything but come when he’s called. A fence is out of the question for now. As of now, when let out the fence, he goes to my neighbor homes and make their dogs bark and chase their cats. He won’t bite and very friendly but he has a ton of energy and uses his nose to sniff and hunt every raccoon, deer, opossum, fox, squirrel, armadillo and rabbit he can find. I would like to know if an invisible fence would help him stay in a boundary section of our yard?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Yes, an invisible fence can help confine your dog to areas. These two articles can help you learn more:
1) Pros & Cons of Invisible Fences
2) Best Wireless Dog Fences
I have kept five active dogs in a 4 acre area with a quality invisible fence over a forty year period. Innotek contain and train. I introduced them to the fence with a tough love strategy. Set out the flags and walk the perimeter. Keep them on a short lead, and push them into the hot zone with your leg. When they yelp and jump, yank them to safety while yelling HOT! I have never had a dog go through the field, either accidentally or intentionally. It is important that the dog does not understand that at a full run, it is a very short nick on the way to freedom. The audible chirp will scare them back to straight again.
Another tool that will settle a puller, is a wire toothed training collar. Some learn to relax and enjoy the walk, others need help to relax. I bought a Herm Sprenger collar that has a clasp, to prevent slipping it over the head and the eyes.
I have lived around dogs and horses for all of my seventy one years. As dogs are predators, they react to a sterner form of correction. Once they find and accept their place, they do not often test you. If they do, repeat the lessons. No and Whoa are the two most important. From that point it is a lot of deep scratching and brushing.
Shock collars should be outlawed in the United States. They are a cruel and inhumane form of behavior modification. Shock collars can cause severe burns to the neck of the dog. If you need to resort to this form of training you should consider not having a dog. If your trainer recommends this type of collar you should get a different trainer, one that knows how to use positive reinforcement rather than fear to train your dog.
You need to be educated correctly about E-collars . They are actually the safest way to train a dog. Rather than the dog pulling on a leash and hurting it’s neck. You are actually using a mild vibration to get their attention with positive reinforcements to train commands and behavior. They bond more with you and look for direction from you! Within months,you don’t need the remote at all ! I never would have believed it until we found a gentle kind trainer who showed us the proper way to use it for our 2 dachshunds!
In 3 lessons they are walking off leash !
Most people don’t abuse animals with an e-collar ! They protect them from harm and teach them confidence.
Maryann Farrell
I don’t like the thought of ecollars, but certain situations may call for them. If you’re dealing with a high drive dog that has never been trained and nobody wants it because of it’s drive and trying to chase and kill small animals or a neighbors dog or cat. It can really become a life saving to for the untrained dog as well as other people’s pets. They’re high drive dogs that will chase and scale a 6 ft. fence like a deer right in to the road. I believe that a dog that could get killed because it needs desperate training might benefit from an e collar. If it comes to being euthanized it an e collar. I’d pick the e collar because there’s hope with it.
Theresa Duffy
Hi I have an alaskan MalMute walks great on lead, fantastic with children. He was attacked by a staffi, & 2other small dogs when he was 6 months. This has now made him aggressive to most dogs especially if he is on the lead as this was when the attack happened. He does chase rabbits and deer. I just want a deterrent to stop this negative behaviour. I love my dog but would never want to hurt him, but I do not want him to hurt other dogs or wildlife would an E Collar be the answer????
Hi Theresa, I am wondering if you have had any success with your pup? You are describing the scenario I have with my Husky.
Typical lies from uneducated, uninformed people, the ‘shock’ or stimulation from a modern quality ecollar is transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation or TENS, many folks will have experienced this type of stimulation for themselves in hospital or physiotherapy sessions. It is IMPOSSIBLE for this to cause burns. Positive reinforcement is critical but without balancing consequences or punishment you are being unfair to your dog.
I have a 9 month old shihpoo that has escaped from the house about 5 times now. She runs straight for the busy highway. My husband or myself is gonna have a heart attack from chasing her; we’ve even stopped traffic once. Would a shock collar help keep her safe and us alive? Serious.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m not sure what your home situation is like, but you could put a fence in. You could also do a shock collar, but she’s pretty young so it may be too soon for that. The thing with a shock collar is you need to have the remote to correct her or it needs to be connected to an invisible fence. How is she escaping from your home?
She makes a dart right out the door even though we are aware of her! She’s fast as lightning! It’s like she plans it. Yesterday, she broke loose from her velcroed body collar I had on her. The only way I got ahold of her then was to just lay down in the yard and she ran up to me. This may sound ridiculous but it’s not and it’s true. We have many people in and out of our home. We have 5 kids and 11 grands. I’ve taken measures such as keeping our garage doors closed, etc. She has even pounced on our back porch screen door and escaped. I really can’t afford a $15,000 fence but love my baby so much.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
She is sneaky! An invisible fence wouldn’t cost $15,000. My husband and I purchased this PetSafe one, which costs less than $300. It’s worked great for us. We have a fence around our yard, but our dog likes to climb it and visit the neighbor dogs. To keep her safe, we purchased this invisible fence to create an extra boundary from the fence and she does great with it. She knows how close she can get to the fence line before the collar beeps at her. There are a few other people in our neighborhood without fences but they have invisible fences for their dogs and they work great for them too. I’ve had dogs charge towards me when I’m walking and once they reach about 12 inches from the sidewalk they stop because they know that’s as far as they can go without the collar beeping or shocking. I think this could help you out tremendously as well. It’s not a small purchase, but it is more affordable than having an actual fence installed around your home. Let me know if you have any further questions!
I have an invisible fence for our property, so does everyone in our neighborhood. My pup does well with it, he was 13 weeks old when we started. We started on just the sound, it worked for a while on just sound but had to increase to a mild shock. He left the property a couple of times but came running back and hasn’t tried for a few weeks now. Theoretically, he could go out without his collar because he stays within the perimeter but we put it on just in case.
I have a 9 month old Goldendoodle who continues to try to grab things off the counters no matter how many times we say “Off”. He know the command and will do it some of the time but most of the time he does not listen no matter how much we use positive reinforcement. He also ‘DIGS’ and has dug holes under the fence to get to the neighbors yard or to just get out of the yard. I am at a loss as to how to stop this behavior and considering the shock collar to use when he does these things.
I am open to any suggestions.
Bob Nvl
Because kids will be kids (idiots really ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot help but wonder if this sort of collar would be dangerous if they tried on each other when I’m not around – or I am around and they sneak behind my back?

What are the thoughts on the idiots (I mean kids) trying this out on each other? Safe? Dangerous?

I shocked myself, using our collar at its full strength before I used it on our dog. It stings, but no lingering effects. I can see your kids sneak shocking each other, but it wouldn’t do any real harm.
Ok, all these people suggesting collars off Amazon…please stop. They are crap and should not be used.
You pay for what you get. The cheap collars hurt, are unreliable and just plain suck.

If your not paying $200 or more..don’t bother. Look at Sportdog, Dogtra, Garmin, e-collar technology.

Kate Bucci
This article is horrible. They are telling people to use it the WRONG way. I’ve been a remote collar trainer for 10 years and this is the worst explanation of how a collar works that I have ever seen. This was not written by a professional trainer who knows anything about remote collars.

Good trainers with years of experience NEVER use the collar to punish or be negative.

i have a shitzu, he is a about two years old. he is very aggressive towards people and people in the household. he has bitten me couple of times where its been aggressive. he listens when he wants to but doesnt listen all the time. when he doesnt get his way he will start growling. sometimes when i get too close to him he starts growling and tries to bite me or anyone else that is getting too close. yet he can be very affectionate and kind at times. ive tried multiple things and its not working. i really dont want to get a shock collar but i dont know what else to do. we have a baby in the house and it is very dangerous. i dont want to give him up ive had him since a puppy. this aggression started maybe about a year ago. i feel hopeless and dont know what to do.
Capitalize. Secondly, get training to be the Alfa in your relationship. Third you shouldn’t use a shock collar if you don’t know how to use it. And yes, babies are very dangerous. Just kidding.
I’ve got a 10 week old Border Collie pup. She’s great, except that she constantly “play attacks” my toddler, the way she would play with her litter mates. It’s all a good-natured game to her, but those little teeth can be sharp, and I have come running to find her sitting on top of my son, mouthing his arm. I do not leave them together unsupervised any longer. Would an e collar be an appropriate tool to teach her that this behavior is not acceptable? If not, what would you recommend?
No. The collar doesn’t teach anything. You have to teach the dog what you want. The collar only help you to focus the dogs attention.
Tired of getting bit.
I have an issue my dog is aggressive towards me I’m the only female in the house no one else he’s bit me a couple times this last time I’ve had to go to the med center he’s a boxador boxer / lab mix don’t know what else to do thinking about a shock collar is not neutered yet boyfriend didn’t want to get him neutered. But I can’t keep getting bit is always after I fed him people food he gets aggressive with me only. Does anybody out there have a solution. I love my dog don’t want to get rid of him he’s a little bit over a year we’ve had him since he was a puppy. You wait for me to come home why is it till I get home and gives me kisses he is my boyfriend’s dog he does not like me by him
First thing is to get him neutered and stop feeding human food. Do you take him out for walks? You need to develop a positive relationship with your dog. Spend some time walking him and playing with him. I took my dogs to a professional trainer and they used the shock collar on them and a prong collar to teach them to not pull on walks. If you do get a shock collar you need to watch the training videos on YouTube before so you don’t use it incorrectly and hurt your dog. Good luck.
You have a relationships issue with the dog. He doesn’t respect you. Find a really trainer and work with them. The collar isn’t going to fix that.
Debbie sanders
I have a 10 month rescue shephard and he jumps on people all the time and tries to mount them. We have an appt to get him fixed in 2 weeks. I bought a shock collar and he stopped jumping with only the vibration. It was well worth the $28 I pid for it on amazon
I have a 1 year old maltese/shihtzu cross. He is about 6lbs and barks at everything. I have tried the vibrate and sound collar to no avail. I’d like to try a shock collar but I’m worried because he is so small. I’d really like to find a collar that can be used remotely and automatic. Does anyone have any input for very small dogs?
Garmin bark limiter 2 is the best bark collar on the market.
I have 3 small papillons. My problem is unwanted crazy barking. We like to go camping, and need to try to keep them somewhat under control. Also, we don’t get company in our home very often, so when we do, they tend to go insane with barking. To the point that they can’t even hear me correct them, unless I yell. I am thinking of getting the remote control collars as the non-remote ones are no longer working. My questions are do I need 3 collars with 3 remotes, or can I get multiple collars with one remote?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
There are shock collar systems you can purchase that can use one remote and 3 dog collars. Here are some options:
Pet Resolve
CH Good
We have 6 month old male Boxer pup that will not stay out of my wife’s planters – we live in the country so I don’t need a collar to enforce fence lines – I’ve got to keep him out of her planters any help would or advice would be greatly appreciated
Terie Hansen -Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care
You could absolutely use a remote collar system to teach your dog that your planters are off limits. First you want to purchase a quality collar system such as the Educator Mini 300 by E Collar technologies. DO NOT get a cheap system at a pet store or online as they do not offer as many levels and their stimulation can be erratic. You should also start by pairing it with basic obedience at a low levels of stimulation initially.
S Archie
We have a 10 month old boxer that has gotten out of hand. It’s now to the point that our nanny can’t get him to obey at all. She’s only with us about 10/15 hours a week. I am very hesitant on the shock collar training because of the negative reinforcement, but so far my positive reinforcement hasn’t worked either. We are
Going to start a personal training next week, but want to see what other options are available. Right now when he is hyper he growls and tries to snip at us, would the shock collar help with this behavior? I like that this article has both pros and cons. Thank you for the article, hoping I can find something that works for us.
Yes I have golden lab did same thing. Shock collar worked like a miracle. I never have had to use the shock feature. Just the beep to get attention n then issue the command “no”. I have only had to use vibration twice. I love my dog n hesitated thinking it would cause her to become afraid of me but it has made her become my constant buddy and so well behaved. I love her even more. You need to monitor behavior closely for awhile but my dog is now a sweetheart n I no longer need the collar at all. She obeys everytime.
Hi Betty,
Which collar system did you use?
We have invisible fence but are just now starting Invisible fence training with the lowest setting on a test area inside. I am an advocate of force free training, but this new guy is so rough with our 9 year old (who doesn’t correct him) that he has pulled a ton of hairs out of his ears and has thrown up a fur ball that looks like a Brillo pad. That can’t be good for him, it’s certainly not good for the standard who now has one ear that’s considerably thinner and shorter than the other. The pup has been to dog school (20 training sessions) and we work with him daily. He is still doing things that we have corrected him for with treats/clicker numerous obsessively. Some of the things he does could be dangerous….like trying to eat rocks, mulch, etc. We can’t keep up with all of the things he tries to eat outside. The Invisible Fence rep discouraged our interest in an e-collar saying it would be confusing. And my older dog was trained to Invisible Fence and is now sensitive to any beep so I am very aware that the shocks/sounds can be confusing and detrimental….but this little guy is going to get into trouble with his curiosity outside particularly. I have removed shrubs and replaced with grass in some of the areas, so I am being as proactive as I can be…but he is outsmarting me, and he is FAST. My husband is now concerned that we waited too long to e-collar training since we are starting invisible fence training soon. The IF is a must have….because we live in an area where we can only partially fence due to the topography…and one side is a drop off into the ocean.
am having an 1+ year lab. She is having an very bad behavior of jumping on guests.Just for this behavior am facing many problems in my house. And it make me very deficult to keep her in my home. I have tried many ticks to stop this behavior but can’t, So can I use this device to stop this behavior.
Hey, why don’t you consider hiring a humane dog trainer or an animal behaviorist to help you correct your dog’s behavior? This can be corrected with patience. Before your guests come in the house, make sure your lab is calm (make sure it’s sitting on the floor, or laying down). If your lab gets excited (standing up, rushing to the door) when you’re opening the door, you can shut the door and gently ask your lab to stay calm (make it sit and wait). Once it’s calm then you can open the door to let your guest sin.

Bottomline: your lab only gets to greet the guests when it is calm. The reward here is your dog getting to greet the guest. It will soon learn that it can only get what it wants by staying calm.

You don’t need a shock collar. It’s inhumane. And I just can’t fathom why would anyone electric shock their pets. Would you want to be shocked?

Hi We used an e-collar for behavioral modification training for our Rottweiler, Oakley. It worked great with the help of a trainer and we were able to need it less & less. Unfortunately Oakley broke her leg and now has a stainless steel plate. She was also on leash only activity for 8 weeks. During that time she started lunging at our other dog. My question is it safe to go back to using an e-collar with a SS plate in her leg?
Rick Printup
If the collar is going on her leg, you are doing it wrong. The temperment of your dog is critical in how you use the collar so take advice and filter it through the personality of the dog you know.

The intensity of the shock should be very, very, very low intensity. Your goal isn’t to cause pain, it is to make the negative behavior being exhibited, not fun or enjoyable, but not painful. YOU should be able to tolerate the levels you give, on the palm of your hand, and many collars can go to much higher levels than what you SHOULD use (unless you or your dog are insane).

(Below, I use the word “pain” as a shorthand version of negative reinforcement. It shouldn’t actually be “painful.”)

More pain, won’t help. A bigger question is, should you use pain (negative reinforcement) on a dog already suffering from pain. If you hurt, you are likely grumpy. Shocking you won’t make you less grumpy, because you hurt already. It’ll piss you off. It might solve poor short term behavior, but only in the short term, but it also can open a whole slew of new ones. You react to pain! It is a powerful way to lock in memories quickly, often irrational and misguided memories. It’s hard NOT to assign malice to someone causing more of it, even if they aren’t really the cause. You are infallible, so it’ll be the other dog’s fault, without question. Don’t set either of them up like that.

It’s better to foster good behavior between your animals, even when one hurts and is behaving badly. Bring them together for supervised fun activities and pleasurable things like food, or just keep them apart while one is in pain. Make sure the non-pain dog knows how to behave around the pain feeling dog. (The pain-free dog might be the only one needing the negative reinforcement.)

DON’T USE AN E-COLLAR TO CORRECT AGGRESSION! EVER! You certainly don’t want to use it when it is “attacking” your other dog or a kid. They will quickly associate your other dog, or all dogs, or all kids, with a mysteriously uncomfortable correction sensation, and hate the perceived source. You’ll have a dog aggressive dog, and maybe a child aggressive dog, and that will be hard to untrain. You can’t be there all the time, and the dog will discover that with “this attack” there’s no shock, (you aren’t there to administer it) and they’ll go balls out and finish the job.

Bob Nvl
Terry was referring to whether or not it was safe to use the collar because the dog now has a stainless steel pin in one leg. She was not going to use the collar on the dog’s leg – you totally misunderstood the question!

Her concern was that she did not know if it was safe to use the collar now that the dog has a “hunk” metal in its leg.

As I said, you did not understand her question.

Applying an aversive stimulus in response to undesirable behavior is called POSITIVE PUNISHMENT. Please don’t call it something it isn’t. NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT is removing an aversive stimulus when the dog displays a desirable behavior. Applying=positive, removing=negative.
Brady Miller
I would check with a veternarian or somebody who is knowledgeable on the subject. I’m not very knowledgeable on it but I would say yes just because it only shocks the neck. So it should be ok but don’t take my advice as fact I’m just trying to help
Yes. Completely safe.
Daniel J Manley
I have a 3 year old dash /chi mix male. I can not get him to stop licking evry thing–dog pee he licks–he smeels something on the ground he has to lick it–He is a very good dog otherwise I am tired of walking him and loking down and seeing him stop to lick where another dog has peed.. yanking the leash scolding him doesn’t work will he stop if I shock him evry time he licks ???
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Another solution for when you are on walks and your dog is on leash is to hold part of the leash in both hands and have your dog walk beside you. If he tries to drop his head to lick, gently tug up on the leash to life his head slightly. This requires work on your part, but hopefully he will get to the point where he doesn’t lick everything on your walks.
Toni Gillies
My 3 year old, 50lb heeler Daisy rushes to my front door whenever anyone approaches. She jumps on my door and barks at all delivery and garbage trucks, We live on a quiet cul-de-sac. All my neighbors have dogs and many in our neighborhood walk their dogs on our street. The jumping and barking is s result of all the above.
My front door is glass . Although the glass is not scratched, we now have to reseal the glass to the door.
A friend suggested the wireless boundary method.
I’m retired and at home most of the day but am now reluctant to leave Daisy home alone.
I can’t keave Daisy in the back yard when I leave because the back door is also glass ‍♀️
We we bought the house we didn’t have a dog.

Would the e-boundary training be a good place to start?

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It’s hard to say what training method would work for your dog. I can relate to your situation. My dog, Sally, barks and jumps at our glass doors and windows when she sees delivery people, dogs walking by, etc. We’ve tried so hard to stop this behavior and came up short. It’s worth a shot to try e-boundary training and perhaps if it doesn’t work you can return it within a window of time? Best of luck to you!
Jane Hurrell
You can get a lot of help from U Tube videos on aggressive barking at doors and windows and while out on a walk etc. I should think an e collar would also help you as a follow up to training. Is she getting enough exercise? Many dogs are not and are pent up and frustrated
I have a 3 year old Akbash who is not food motivated. We exercise her often but have trouble with leash aggression and wandering off when she is off leash. If she is in the fenced in yard with us and sees a big truck she will run and bark in the yard until it is out of sight and will not listen to us. I know people talk about using positive reinforcement but we are having a difficult time trying to let her be a dog off leash either camping or in our yard without the fear of her running off. On leash, we have found she is more responsive to a gentle leader and that has helped a lot but off leash I think the only option is an e-collar at this point. Are there other options or using an e-collar properly the best solution?
I have bought several shock collars and they either don’t work or they work at most for about 2 weeks. Is there a shock collar out there that works for longer than a few weeks?
As with any tool, an electronic collar can be a valuable asset when used correctly. However, it is absolutely necessary to consult a trainer or behaviorist who has experience using the tool, and who will let you see results with other dogs they’ve trained so you can make an informed decision about the quality of the trainer and whether the results are what you want for your dog. You CAN screw a dog up with improper use of ANY tool, whether it’s an e collar, prong collar, chain, or even just a plain slip lead. You cannot expect positive results when your input isn’t clear to the dog. Slapping a collar of any kind on a dog and lighting him up for making a mistake, before you’ve taught him what it is you actually want and before you’ve conditioned him to know how to accept a correction, is a recipe for disaster. Also, the fact that people still call these “shock” collars makes me crazy. A high quality modern e collar does not actually shock the dog. It stimulates the muscles to contract, much the same way electrode muscle therapy does with people. It doesn’t hurt, but it gets your attention. It can still be extremely aversive on high levels because it’s surprising to the dog, but it’s not actually zapping him. That doesn’t make it any less true that without proper instruction, you can do more harm than good using this or any other training tool. You still have to actually train the dog. There are no short cuts.
Hi, I have two rescued (brothers)smooth haired border collies. They are just over one year old now and I’ve tried to get them socialized. They seem to do well at playcare facilities, however when I or my husband try to walk them they will bark and want to go after anything that moves! They are friendly but you wouldn’t know it from how they act. They are great so long as no distractions but I want to be able to walk them confidently. I thought about e- collar when we first got them at 6 mo. But my husband refused. Now we are considering. We love them both and just want us all to enjoy happy life. Also, they both have hip dysphasia and each already had one surgery, so there was more down time away from people, dogs than normally would occur. Would you recommend our using this type of collar to correct the bad leash walking behavior?
David Heintz
I too am thinking about a shock collar for a Border mix who is wonderful except when he isn’t, and bites. But I have a suggestion. A dog I owned 15 years ago developed hip problems at 1 year. Several vets, steroids, relaxants, nothing worked. I was told nothing short of surgery could help. This went on for months. I found an article in Natural Dog and Cat that prescribed 3 things daily or twice daily: bone meal, vitamin C, and olive oil. The symptoms disappeared in a week. The vets don’t believe it. It works. Doses like 1/2 or 1/3 of what you would take yourself.
I don’t know how this works. Ia m responding to April and her two dogs. I have a six year old part Shih tzu that wants to attack every dog, child, jogger…need I go on. Did the shock collar fix your dogs?
What ever happen to so good ol fashion common sense? Just like anything we all do in life, everything is done in “moderation” (same with E COLLARS), you can have a positive experience or a negative experience, you HAVE TO UNDERSTAND that a e-coller is a learning tool and you have to understand your breed of dog fully before you start pressing buttons on a remote. I feel bad for the animals that belong to people with no common sense. I do agree you can ruin a dog on an e-collar, you can also mold one hell of a dog with an e-collar. When my dogs come out for work or exercise, they have an e-collar on and they give me 110%, other than that, they are in the house playing well with everyone or sleeping without a e-collar. Its ok to let them be dogs too.
I have a black male GDS almost 3 years old, he is huge, extremely smart and our baby, about a week ago, we adapted a 10 month old female GSD which is also huge, problem is they dont get along. They fight inside the house. I am devastated and out of wits. I exercise them, treat them the same, I know my older dog is just jealous but everytime two big strong dogs fights, its just too much, I am concern they will hurt each other, I started to regret rescuing another GSD. I am considering a shock collar. Both of these dogs wont submit to each other even the 10 month old.They both have alpha personality, I was surprised as my oder dog is good with our neighbors dogs but never has any other dogs in the house, I figured he can use a playmate as smart as him now I am starting to think otherwise, I have to put in the crate the new dog until I can figure out something. I really want this badly to work and for them to get along.
Mike Reese
Don’t use a shock collar of any kind unless you are a trainer. There is absolutely no research that supports shock collars are an effective training tool. On the other hand there is research that supports using this training device with caution particularly when there are aggression issues involved. Many countries in Europe ban the use of these devices and you find very few if any vetinartians supporting the use of shock collars. Do your research, do training with your dog and avoid shock collars.
Teresa Wilkins
Hello Terri,
I have a 2 yo lab/dane mix. He’s 99 lbs and actually takes me on walks. I have been reluctant to use an e-collar. However, he is so strong that he straitened prongs on a pinch collar and my shoulder has been injured due to his pulling. Any suggestions? He is my fur baby. I almost dread going out for a walk.
Hi Terri…I have the same problem as you with an eight month old German Shepherd. Will be watching your post for good advice I hope. Good luck to you!
Try a no pull harness. It immediately helped my dog to stop pulling. I use the Sporn no pull harness on my dog and it works.
I think an ecollar could be really beneficial, there are many trainers on youtube that show how to properly use an ecoolar to teach a dog not to pull or you could even go as far as to teach them a proper heel. make sure you do your research and fully understand what you are doing before using one on your dog. Ruff Beginnings Rehab Dog Training and Rescue has a great youtube page and they do a lot of ecollar training.
My friends have a big lab and they put the harness on upside down. The dog doesn’t pull anymore. It’s worth a try
I have a 4 year old dane who is aggressive around dogs and is now becoming aggressive around people. Will the shock collar work to correct the behavior? We have the radio fence and is okay most of the time but I fear he will leave the yard when someone is walking their dog.
I have an 18 month old Aussie with whom we started using a shock collar to help curb some mildly aggressive behaviors toward people. He had not bitten anyone unprovoked when we began using it. Three months later, he had associated the shock with my kids and cannot be trusted around them without a muzzle. He will now attack without warning. We are considering euthanasia and we are heartbroken. The trainer we consulted was most irresponsible with showing us to use the collar. There is research on the subject indicating use of these collars can make dogs more aggressive and should not be used for behavioral problems. Their use increases the dog’s fear and anxiety. Please consult a certified behaviorist. Trainers do not have to meet any formal training requirements or study animal behavior. The one we consulted had all types of initials behind his name but took advantage of our situation (which felt desperate at the time) and gave us unethical guidance. Our dog’s behavior appreared to improve in the short term (I.e. the behaviors we wanted to stop did) but I soon realized he was afraid to even chase his toys because we had used the shock to stop him from jumping on us while playing. Just the vibration was stressful enough for him to be scared.
Please don’t use a shock collar on your dog. You may end up losing him, or worse. If I could turn back the clock, I wouldn’t use it on him again and I will NEVER use one on another dog.
sounds like a cooked up anti e-collar reply
same answer to you. Get a GOOD trainer or behaviourist. And that breed is a working dog. You should work with that dog. I hope you don’t but him down.
I would try to find a reputable dog trainer. I have found some thru pet stores (not the big chain ones), and rescue organizations. A good trainer is invaluable. I have a high spirited German Shepherd and I could not have got her to where she is today without a good trainer to help. The e-collar should be used by a knowledgeable person.
Timothy Brewster
Shock collars are a wonderful tool if used only when your animal is able to have your full attention for the first month or so. If used correctly they can train any dog. My best friend uses them on the range for training the basics to managing cattle or other farm animals. This collar is not intended to be used forever. We normally after a week take the collar off and have been 75 percent effective in most of the dogs. Some of course do take longer. The overall objective is to train your dog and then only use to refresh their memories. Always remember to keep your voice tone at a calm level. Many people get upset and yell at their dogs. The dog will fear your at every time the see you making it impossible to train the dog. Our animals look toward us for companionship and respect same as people do.
Robert Kerr
We have a ten month old intact Corgi/Papillion mix who has been exhibiting severe aggression towards dogs other that our 11 year old female German Shepherd who is the matriarch of the household. He is also hyperagressive towards our lilac Siamese cat. Every time she walks past him, whether it’s to go use the litter box, return from the litter box, go into the kitchen to get a drink of water, etc. he goes on the attack. He has bitten us a number of times when we have tried to stop him from attacking the cat or when we take him outside and there is another dog, he lashes out and bites anything within reach. Usually one of us. We don’t want to get rid of him or have him put down. We’re wondering if having him fixed in conjunction with the use of a shock collar will curb this aggressive behavior.
yolie fig
I have a Pit Bull that barks constantly and it’S driving me crazy, so Im thinking of trying it and with training I hope it works…by the way I learned from Cezar Milan about dogs and I’ve used his methods and it has worked for me…ck., into it about your situation.
Electric Fences – please all Pet Parents know this, if the power even flickers, much less goes out, or the battery dies on the receiver, the Electric Fence has failed and your Fur Baby can walk off. I have found several confused dogs in my various yards over the years. I worked for a long time as a Pro Pet Sitter, same deal. Please realize this is a possibility with these fences. Never leave them alone with the shock collar on either. If your dogs jumps up and at the top of your fence, do not use a non-break away collar, the collars, any type, can get latched to the tops of a fence.
Sandy bailey
I have a3 year old husky x German shepherd his recall is basically non existent . When I let him off for a run and there no other dogs he comes back , but if sees another dog he’s gone .hes super friendly . But about 2 weeks ago we were over the fields and a horse and rider came in . No way would he come back nearly 4 hours later I managed to grad him . So very lucky that horse was dog friendly . Haven’t let him off his lead since . Any ideas
I had the same problem with my husky border collie mix. He loved to run!I got a shock coller and it helped immediately. It took a while for me to totally eliminate the collar, but I was able to walk him without a leash and he would stay by my side.
The Siberian Husky is the definition of a run away dog. They are high energy and have a low homing instinct. Read what you can find about the breed. Even though you have a mix you are describing classic husky traits. Our husky is only trustworthy off The leash after a long bit of exercise. They require daily runs and if you can’t provide it, they are sure to slip out the door if given the opportunity. Low exercise results in them pacing like a trapped cat. Because of their high energy expenditure a quality food is a must to pressrve their joints. Beautiful dogs but a ton of work or maybe this sounds like the ideal dog to match you.
Kelsey Furleigh
Hi y’all! I have two dogs, one is a lab mix, over a year old weighing right at 50 pounds; I adopted himm when he was 3 months old. I also have a 6 year old Pit Bull that I adopted last April. They both have a very bad jumping problem. I have tried to correct this by being calm and trying to recorrect this behavior and I have been forceful with kneeing them in the chest. This behavior happens when I come home or they come inside from the back yard. I just hate the jumping because they are big and when I have guests over or my nephew comes over, I have to put them up because they won’t listen to me. I have been hesitant to get a shock collar because they both are rescue dogs but I really do need help to decide if this is the right direction for me and the boys!
We took our dog to a 8 week training and they said when the dogs jump on you, turn your entire body around so they can’t see your face. Put your back to them, say OFF firmly, and see if they continue to jump! If you use your hands to push them down they might see it as a game. Try that and see if it helps!
Another option to control the jumping is to spray them with citronella when they do it. Shouldn’t take long to control this behaviour.
Hi, guys! I was wondering if there is a shock collar which could be set to automatically correct the dog if he gets beyond certain range around me when we are out on walks. I’ve looked into various containment systems but they usually involve some heavy wiring or a bulky transmitter, so they are not a viable solution on the go. It doesn’t seem as such a far-fetched idea to have some kind of beacon on you and set a range within which your dog could roam. Am I wrong? I googled around but without any satisfactory results. Have you come upon such a product? I’d really appreciate the info ๐Ÿ™‚
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
That is a good idea! I have not come across one in my research though. Good luck!
michelle B
I have a 5 year old Alaskan Malamute and a 2 year
I have a 7 month old female pup that wants to be the boss. My 5 year old female pit is and always. The other dogs accepte that. the 7 month old attacked the pit. It was a bad fight,we couldn’t get them apart. I’ve been keeping them separate now. Do you think the shock collar will work for the pup? All are fixed. I also have 3 more males and she gets along with them.
Thank you
M Rateliff
You might need to rehome one of them ๐Ÿ™ some dogs just don’t get along, just like people.
Jennifer Patterson
Females can and will fight to the death. It’s bad news that the 7 month old is already fighting. Good luck to you. We had to keep our females gated apart or muzzled for the remainder of their lives because the fighting caused hospitizations and surgery.
I have a 8 month old Husky, lab retriever, Shepard mix. He’s well behaved and I’ve worked on the sit, come, stay, leave it, watch me (when feeding). He does well off leash when hiking until recently he’s been finding dead birds or other interesting smellls and not obeying to any command. He knows he’s done wrong after so then he continues his bad behavior not sitting so I can leash him. Any suggestions? Will the electric collar work? I do t want to do it improperly either any words of wisdom?
Hire a trainer who can help you learn how to use this or who can help you train the dog in general
Tracy L Redmon
Hi I have a 8month old Maltipoo. We live in a Condo.anyhow hes been barking while I’m not home.as told by my neighbor,so I started closing the door and running the ac while I’m gone.imat my wits end, I’m seriously thinking of getting a shock collar.any ideas?
I used a shock collar on my Black Lab because my neighbors were complaining… I was afraid someone may hurt her. It only took one night… and it was a reasonably priced collar from the Pet Department at the local Wal Mart. I believe the brand was PetSafe. It sounds cruel.. because people visualize the dog continually being shocked over and over by the device. The dog learns after the first few barks, dogs are more obedient and learn quicker than most children. The collar my dog had started at the lowest shock, and would get stronger with consecutive barks within a certain timeframe. However, she never got past the mildest setting.
Patricia Green
Hey I have a spoiled maltese/ westie who barks when I leave the house. He wants to go with and not be left alone. Did the collar work for your dog?
Hire a Pet Sitter to come take your Little Man for a nice walk half way thru his day. It is rewarding for him, some PS’s can do basic training with him and you, and of course he gets to go potty. At 8 months old and still a puppy, he probably needs more exercise, more potty breaks and more attention.
Terri L Hall
I have a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy. He is biting me, the furniture, clothes, etc. Mostly me. I spend time with him, play with him and am trying to train him. His biting is painful and damaging. I’ve tried to divert his attention to toys, but it only works for a while, then he grabs my foot, heel, wrist, etc. He’s biting but also it’s more like scratching with his sharp teeth. Is he too young for the collar? If so, what can I do. I’m trying positive reinforcement, I’ve also lightly smacked his snout. I really don’t want to use aggression. I’m beginning to regret getting him.
Michelle Schenker (Admin)
Terri, We do feel that is likely too young to consider this option since their brains and logic system are not likely developed enough to understand the correction. We would recommend that you find a local dog trainer to work with on these behavior issues.
Hi Terri, I have a 9 month old German Shepard and yes I had bleeding wounds from the harsh playful bitting and scratching that comes with these awesome dogs. You might try using a quick yelp that tells him your in pain(it’s what they use with each other in dog world). Use it every time he gets too rough. Also snap your finger a quick loud No! And for the most part they will respond. A quick poke to his side also tells him that was too much for you. He will learn what’s too rough. I can play with my dog now and he’s very careful with me and has a nice soft playful bite despite him getting bigger every day.
Hey! These aren’t behaviour “issues” They’re normal and healthy puppy behaviours! Dogs don’t have hands to explore their world with, they have mouths. And they love to use them, especially when they’re young. Can you imagine a human baby not allowed to use their hands?

First off, I highly recommend signing your dog up for puppy classes. As vaccines at the vet protect them against diseases, puppy classes protect them against behaviour problems! They are rediculously important.

Second, the number one cause of unwanted behaviour is lack of sufficient exercise. Depending on your specific dog, and their breed, they need exercise! And probably lots of it (not just an hour long walk most days). They need both physical and mental exercise. Your puppy class should give you lots of ideas on how to do both.

Third, if your puppy is sufficiently exercised (both ways) and they’re still in a particularly bitey mood. Utilize a kennel or a play pen so they can’t bite you or your things. And give them something awesome to bite. Because they’re a puppy, and it’s what you signed up for!

Hi Terri! Hope you are winning with your pup. I have a Mal X GS and that is how they play! What worked for me was to effectively start bite training and enforce the “leave it” command. They catch on with that so quickly. I used an old rag to pull her around, and then reward her with a yummy treat if she obeyed the “leave it” signal. I also gave her LOADS of chewing toys (logs and pieces of wood work best), their teeth are itchy and it also helps to grind them down a little bit. Please don’t regret getting him, in a month or two he will be your best friend again!

PS: Mine now reacts to “play nicely” by only biting very gently, it is awesome to play with her now.


Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I wouldn’t suggest letting your dog chew on wood, it can be dangerous to them. You can learn more here.
German Shepherds are awesome dogs… please be patient and stick it out, you’ll be so glad you did. He sounds like he just wants attention and he’s full of puppy energy. I’m going through the same with my puppy. Are you crate training him? I never “got” the crate thing… til now… but it’s her space, and she loves it. As soon as my puppy does something she isn’t supposed to, I yell “NO” and put her outside for 5 minutes… I set a timer. Don’t punish the dog by putting him in the crate if you are crate training… he will think negatively of it. I got that idea and plenty of others from the trainer at my local Pet Supply store and my Vet. She’s starting training class in a week. Don’t use her name when disciplining… stick with NO or BAD. That way they don’t associate being called by their name with negativity. A spray bottle with water has worked wonders…. the vet suggested that. Mine is on “stream” so it’s precise. When she picks on my older dog or harasses the cat, bites me, or sasses me if she sees me with the squirt bottle, she immediately stops. When she does what she’s supposed to, I praise her extensively. Ruby loves Kong toys, they’re tough, and I don’t have to worry about her getting pieces of it torn off. I got the big fillable one, and way before bedtime, I fill it with peanut butter and freeze it so it’s solid. I give it to her in her crate at bedtime and she falls asleep chewing the toy. There is also dog music on, I believe YouTube… yes I looked it up! Remember, if you’re irritated, or aggravated, they feel it. Love you’re shepherd, and he’ll be the best dog ever! Shepherds are Police dogs for a reason…
…..also every time he does something undesirable, after you stop him be sure to redirect to appropriate behavior… if he’s chewing on furniture redirect to chew toy. That wY he will know the appropriate ways to channel those urges.
Don’t worry about the intense biting. My puppy who is now 6 months was the same way. It’s only teething and will go away with time. No need to use aggression or even regret getting him. Patience will win out
I have a German shepherd that was mouthy and biting. As soon as her mouth goes on my hand I quickly remove my hand and tell her “No!” in a stern voice. Withholding petting or any interaction for about 15 seconds. Then try again. She will still do it sometimes to treat me, so I stick my thumb under get tongue and fingers under chin and gently hold her lower jaw and push towards her if she continues biting. Then repeat the No command and withhold attention. I do not hurt her in any way. She used to bite some while training with food so each time she put her mouth on me I would push gently into her mouth till pressure let up. They don’t like that. I hope this helped. Know your post is several months old. Did you get it figured out? I’M having heck with leash training. She takes me for a walk!
Bear Bears Mommie
Hey there, Back in April I moved in with my daughter and her family including their 2 male dogs: a 1-yr old 85-lb pit/dane mix and a 4-yr old 70-lb lab, we live on a military base and have neighbors who complain about everything. I have a 13-yr old 24-lb dachshund who is very set in his ways, an avid barker (was never an issue because of our living conditions) and was the alpha over his siblings and mother(whom we lost in April) for the majority of his life. The only time he has ever been aggresive was when he was about 6 months old and he got in a fight with his father, we believe it was over dominance, his vet recommend we fix them both,we did and we never had another problem.

We all thought the issue would be the pit/dane however, much to our disbelief, it was my dog who is very aggresive towrds my daughters dogs. plus his barking is really becoming an issue… neighbors calling us while we are away to tell us he is crying, whining and barking. My son-in-law has suggested a bark collar and I am considering. Just not sure if it will work on such an old dog… anyone have opinions on this thought?

Do shock collars work for puppies marking territory in the house. I have a 10 month old male terrier, chihuahua, weiner, beagle mix puppy and he pees on the laundry baskets.
Getting your dog neutered will greatly help with this type of behavior. Using a shock collar when a dog is urinating could cause fear and make him only urinate in secret. Give him huge reward when he potties outside and move the laundry baskets to an area of the house where he can’t get them.
Mindy Potter
My dog was severely burned by a collar from a company called The Industry Best sold on amazon and e-bay. This collar was still going off even after we took the collar off my dog. My fur baby is doing well now but I need to spread the word for people to not buy this collar. Amazon has blocked my reviews and will not allow me to place my pictures or words on the reviews. They did stop selling one of the products after 72 hours however the product has been renamed multiple time and replaced on amazon. The company blamed me for the burn stating I should not leave the bark collar on my dog for longer than 6 hours and I have to be present when the collar is on. I just do not want anothe consumer or dog to go through what I did this week. It is heartbreaking!!!
Are they in Asia? Amazon and eBay have been selling many FAKE knock-offs, knowingly, but the flea and tick meds are the worst. Look at those reviews and you’ll see, many animals getting very ill from them. They removed your review? Chewy.com, which is Petsmart, does this too, hence most reviews there are 4.8-5.0 stars. Make a BBB and State Atty General complaint if collar co. in US, go after them for your Vet bills, they probably have an address near the Pacific in CA. I’d register against Amazon too. I’m so sorry about your Fur Baby!
Mike Smith
My sixteen month old Australian Shepherd is a wonderful dog. I take her to Starbucks, the dog park and doggie daycare. When she’s on leash she’s best behaved. However, people walking by the yard or delivery people make her go ballistic. She will chase people down the street and I cannot get her attention to make her stop and return. She has been this way since I got her from the puppy farm at 12 weeks. I should say that she is a submissive urinator though that is not why I’m writing now. The shock collar is my last hope. I do not want or need a junkyard dog.
Jia Hui Ou
Hello, I have a four year old Australian Shepherd that is similar to yours. She is fine with other people and dogs when not on or near our property, but when strangers or neighbors come walking their dog near or pass our property, she has a tendency to escape the fence and chase after the dogs and then becomes slightly aggressive. I wanted to ask if you have already used the shock collar and if it is working because if I can’t fix my dogs aggressive behavior asap, I might have to give her up and that’s not what I want to do.
Mike smith
Hi Jia, I haven’t decided on which collar to get. I’m thinking the petsafe shock collar with the remote because I can be involved in its use. However, I have been weighing using a bark collar as she exhibits the bad aggressive behavior with barking. I too have been thinking there might be a better place for her. Mike
Hi! I have a blue heeler who is an amazing dog but had very similar issues. The shock collar has been a lifesaver! I think the secret to avoiding a lot of the fear related issues I’m reading on this thread is to use it to reenforce commands your dog is already familiar with. My dog already knows how to ‘come’ so when she chose to chase the neighbors dog instead of heed my command, she immediately understood why she got shocked! Did a 180 in midchase and when she was by my side I praised her – that was the end of it! Now I rarely have to even warn her with a beep or vibration. And since she relates her collar to fun adventures (as it allows her the freedom to spend more time off leash on the ranch), she gets VERY excited when I bring it out. It’s a great tool WHEN USED CORRECTLY and my dog would have a very different life without it!! Hope this helps
Can you share what kind of collar you got? Thank you!
I highly suggest covering up your fence with something so your dog does not get out. I had the same issue with my shiba inu and the fence was fixed and he couldn’t get out afterwards. I also highly recommended you work with your dog to learn the commands come, sit, stay and above all else “leave it”. Heel is a good one. My other dog goes crazy himself when he sees other dogs and has gotten out of his collar and ran up on dogs but with training i can walk him off leash if i so please. I think a shock collar would be a good place to start though and train with that. Hope your dog gets better!
Why on earth is your dog able to chase someone down the street? Your dog should never, ever be unleashed on a public street (or in Starbucks even with a leash, for that matter) where it can bother or threaten other people.
Hi, we adopted a 15 month old american bulldog a couple of month ago. His previous home was loving but left him alone for hours and did not socialize him with other dogs. We also have an established 8 year old 20lb female whippet mix who is not interested in playing with her new 65 lb brother at all. Although this doesnt deter him from trying. Anyway our new pup has not shown any aggressiom towards animal or human as of yet. He has met many other dogs and has had contact with a cat and is generally polite when meeting people. His play is very rough and he is a tenatious mounter although he is neutered. As far his behavior towards members of our household he listens to me (the mom) pretty well, does ok with dad, listens to my 9 yr old son better than my teen age sons. With my teenagers and sometimes my youngest he is super mouthy during play. Has inadvertenly bitten when trying to grab clothes and uses his mouth in a way that he has scratched them with his teeth. We are afraid that this lack of respect towards the kids could lead to aggression as he matures. An E collar was suggested and we are giving ut some real consideration. Any thoughts as far as if this training method has been successfull in simular situations. Again he is not aggressive as of yet but mouthy during play. Thanks
Mouthyness may lead to injury. And its not the dogs fault if they were never corrected. Try doing some training with your dog and get him to “leave it” on command. It teaches them to let go of things or leave things be. It definitely helps. Mine was this way as well and had scratched us with his teeth multiple times. It was a big issue. Leave it helps them understand that they shouldnt be holding that in their mouth. Of course bulldogs are notoriously rough players and hard headed dogs so their stubborn learners but they are good training dogs. So i think an e collar would be good in this scenario to help you guys correct him and give you a little traning boost. Its important to have your kids involved in the training as well! Best of luck
I though shock collars were outlawed .
They are not. Your jurisdiction may vary.
Would you prefer a dog to be taught a lesson with an uncomfortable shock or to do something like maul and be put down ?
Annie Smith
We have 2 dogs. A 7 year old Maltese and a 3 year old Golden Retriever. The Maltese is terrible about barking and the Golden Retriever is picking up on these methods. We want to try a shock, vibrator, or spray collar. We aren’t sure which method would be most effective for training. What would you suggest to start? Is one of the collars that beeps and then shocks if needed best?
The dischord.
Seriously? Read it again
I tried an ecollar (vibration only not shock) for the first time on my 6 month old dog and she was scared to death, she went to a down and refused to move and then ran to her crate. Should I try it again or it’s just not for her?
I noticed my dog was terrified when I used the vibration but does fine with the regular stimulation bottom. I use it on the lowest working level that she feels, which for her it’s about a seven on the mini educator E collar. I will never try the vibration again after her initial reaction and I have heard some dogs are more scared of the vibration.
Hi there.. I had success with my jack russell years ago, so I am definitely wanting to try it with our new jack russell puppy. My question is when can I start using it? She is currently 12 weeks old.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Great question, Teresa! Once your dog can learn stay and sit, they can understand what you are asking them to do. Therefore, we recommend only using a shock once they are able to understand basic commands. That way they can associate what the shock is a result of. Does that make sense?
Donner mccoy
I am so stressed out about using a shock bark collar on my 10 month old English staffy. Ive used it twice abc twice she has been shocked. She literally sqeels very loudly and then cowers out in the yard, won’t come back in the house, won’t come to me, pupils get dilated, she starts breathing rapidly and literally looks in shock. I carry her in the house abc she sits in one spot just panting and looking blank. Then is lethargic for a few hours and she is very energetic. I can’t do this anymore it is obviously causing her pain and stressing her and me out. Has anybody else experienced this. I’d rather try the spray collar I’m
Just hoping I can get a refund. This is just earful my bond with my puppy is suffering because I’m
The enemy in her eyes who puts this horrible thing on her neck. Please let me know if anybody else has experienced this I’m so stressed we both are
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I’m so sorry Donner. Is the shock collar on the lowest setting? That would be my recommendations is to make sure it’s not set too high for her. I completely respect your decision not to use it on your dog any longer.
cal orey
It is inhumane!!! I say lose the tourists/vacation people who b***h about getting dogs who bark at the novelty. Put a shock collar on these folks who slam doors, party, and are out of line.
This happened to my 1.5yr old border collie as well. Quite horrific to watch. She kept barking out of fright from the first initial shock and as a result received another 10 or so shocks,awful! I couldn’t calm her down to come to me so I could turn it off! I tried it on myself on level 1 and it bloody hurts! It’s not like they say ‘touching a TV/carpet/car feel, especially around the throat area. It scared the hell out of me too.
Hi Stacey, the same thing just happened when we used it the first time yesterday. I’m afraid to use it again. My Pomeranian is quiet and cant seem to rest today, which is not like him. Hoping to get a refund.
Dr. Yo
We have two 5-year-old barking Shelties. The little girl is aggresive to people other than us when they visit the house. Both dogs go crazy at the doorbell or even if someone walks by the front door out on the street or sidewalk. I cannot tell you the number of training devices I have purchased to address the behaviors we find inappropriate. I’d read a number of dog training books and used SO MANY different training tools. Because we love these pups so much, we hated locking them up when someone visits or trying to correct them from doorbell sounds. I was at the end of my knowledge in how to train them.

We finally broke down, paid the cost, and just started working with a trainer. This trainer uses E-collars. Like many pet lovers, I have mixed feelings. But, the results in only one week of training have been great. I have used a TENS unit for physical therapy, so I “shocked” myself with the collars before I ever put them on the pups. It’s the same sensation as the TENS unit. No really a shock, but rather a buzzing vibration with muscle contraction. I am now truly optimistic for the first time in training these two that we can convert them to socially-acceptable dogs.

I appreciate ALL the comments here, so I wanted to add my voice to the pro-E-collar recommendation. I share the belief that it is not abusive, if it is used correctly. Any tool you use can become abusive if used in anger or excessively.

I recently got an 11 month old spaniel retriever mix, and he has horrible separation anxiety. We can’t leave him alone for even a second without him barking like crazy. Even on walks if my fiance and I split up he freaks out even though he is still with one of us. Basically if we start all together we have to end all together or he has to be with one. I’ve spent hundreds on training for it and nothing has worked. Do you think a shock collar would be a good option for him to keep him quiet (we live in an apartment). Or is that not a good fit for separation anxiety?
I use the wireless fence for my cat and it works great except for the few times when the battery died. I never thought I would have to resort to this but last fall he wondered over to a neighbors house. Instead of attempting to find his owner they gave him to a friend of theirs. Yeah and he’s not just a cat but a very expensive Bengal. I searched for 4 months and finally found him 30 miles away in another state. I had offered a $1000 reward but the person refused it. I only had to walk him around on a leash for 2 weeks for him to learn where the boundaries are, I was really impressed. He is only allowed outdoors during the daytime and if I’m outside or keeping a close eye on him. Otherwise I have a large 12 × 24 foot pen with a pet door for him. He has also learned the word shock. For some if he goes in the bathroom he will get shocked or at least it starts chirping. Of course he follows me to the bathroom like all cats but if he has his collar on I say ‘shock’ and he stays out. I was really concerned about using this but it has worked great for what it is intended for and hasn’t affected him otherwise. Still the wildest and most playful cat ever.
Phil Vi
I am so sad after using it 3 times in one-hour training, my 2 months husky stopped biting but he starts to run away from me. It’s been two days now. I am in the process of reconnecting with him again to build a trust and the leadership role between us. I hope it will work out soon.
He may have been too young to use this device. I’ve read 6 months is the minimum age and certainly when other, kinder methods of training haven’t been successful. Positive training is where to start with puppies. However, for example, I have a 6 month old Tiberian Mastiff whose 55 lbs. He has aggression issues that I need to be able to turn off. He’s a livestock protection animal and he’s been with a trainer. A previous “positive reinforcemet” trainer suggested I euthanize him at 4 months because “that” method wasn’t successful in deterring his aggression towards people. However, another trainer who understood being stuck in one paradigm of training (and most of these “positive” training people don’t believe in “dominance” or “alpha” training and are probably responsible for killing more dogs, than one who was willing to escalate to another form, often referred to as “dominance” training). I use the e collar is a last resort, when all other methods have failed to train. It’s not my “ go to” device for training, but I will use it for my situation since I’ve already put in the collar training, potty training, and basics, using the positive reinforcemet process. I guess my suggestion is to escalate from the most gentlest to what works. E- collar last resort. I hope this helps.
Amanda W
Yes I would advise not using the E collar untill six months of age. I would stop immediately until you’re able to use the E collar at the appropriate time. Good luck!
j c
my 2 year beagle slips out of harness, runs through neighbors yard and will not come to me. I need an e collar, what is best
Rae Michelle
On Amazon. The Petech model #PT0Z1. Love it! 1200 ft range, multiple settings, battery life is excellent and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Our begal does the same thing. Once he runs out of the house he won’t come back. And we live in