8 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Shock Collar

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

We suggest NOT using these collars until your dog understands basic commands like sit and stay. That way you know that they are able to understand what you are asking them to do and they can associate what the shock is a result of.

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

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

How Does A Shock Collar Work?

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

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

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

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

And 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. It is unlikely that an electronic training collars would destroy your relationship with your dog. In fact, shared training sessions could improve your bond with one another.

Eight Things to Know Before Buying a Shock Collar

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

Pros of Shock Collars For Dogs

1. Adjustable Intensity

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

2. Fast Results

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

3. You Don’t Need to Be Present

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

4. Affordable

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

Cons of Shock Collars For Dogs

1. The Shock

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

2. The Fear

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

3. Over-Correction

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

4. No Positive Reward

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

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E-Collar Training and Introduction Video

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

Grow Your Bond With Your Dog

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. And that goes when using a shock collar or any training collar. Not sure what size of collar to get? Check out our handy guide with the average neck sized based on breed.

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

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

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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.
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.
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!!!
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
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!
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 the middle of the country with animals way bigger than him. My dad keeps threatening to get him a shock collar.
I have a British bulldog and a French bulldog the Frenchie I see 3 and a half and he’s started attacking my other dog dog it’s getting harder to separate them now so I was wondering if the e collar would be worth trying
Rae Michelle
Yes!! I have a 6month old pit-mux puppy who, out of nowhere one day literally attacked my other dog who is the same age and weight. My put- mix puppy was given to us by someone we really didn’t know well so we didn’t have ant background on this dog at all. He had been gradually showing signs of aggression which worsened over time, a months time! He also did not listen to us at all. We cod scream at the top of our lungs at him and it mattered not. He simply did whatever he wanted no matter how hard we tried. We were at witts end with him and was debating giving him up because of frustration. We decided as a last resort effort to get him a shock collar. We purchased one on Amazon. It’s called the “Petech PT0Z1” model. I started off with the beeping sound first and worked my way up to the highest vibrate setting the collar went to. IT WORKS!! He was almost instantly a new dog! Never let your dog see you with the controller in your hand as you use it. You don’t want him to think you’re punishing him but instead he needs to learn that his bad behavior is what caused his discomfort. Best money we ever spent!! Good luck
My 5 month old pit puppy is acting horribly. He bites and growls, my kids are terrified to walk outside. He has ripped my daughters dresses, torn the shorts off of my son, bites out shoes or toes and tears everything up. I can’t even get groceries out of the car without him tearing the bags. Buying a shock collar tomorrow. I’m at wits end with him and can’t afford the $1,500 to send him to a trainer for 2 weeks
The myth that pit bulls and other dogs used for fighting pits are the same as say… Golden retrievers is getting so out of hand.

Yes, there are some that are friendly. However, if they came from a shelter there is a good chance there was breeding to intensify the reactions and fight.

People like to ignore genetics and behavior changes through breeding when it comes to these types of dogs. It’s sad because the wrong people will end up with this breed and then it gets sent to the shelter.

Wolves turned into dogs because of breeding. Take this simplistic understanding of genetics and apply it towards dogs being breed to fight.

I’m having those same exact issues right now. I have a six year old Am Staff/Pit mix names Rocco, a female Riley, and our newest rescue Rhys who could be a year to 18 months old and just was neutered. Is constantly challenging my oldest dog for alpha it’s a dominance issue and he is 76lbs and Rocco is 65 so he has been getting upper hand in fights and I hate it it is terrifying to separate them. Have identified triggers and keep them separated and now I have the e collar but I’m not entirely sure how to go about training them with it because I don’t want to put them in a situation where they could fight again. I’ve fallen in love with Rhys and I don’t want to rehome him he is an awesome dog he and Rocco both no aggression towards people or anything but each other and only in certain situations like play time or when we come home or doorways. I believe in positive reinforcement and dominance training but positive reinforcement has not worked in this situation because it is a dominance issue. My alpha feels his dominance is threatened by my teenage dog and my teenage dog is being a little “punk” lol not accepting his place. Rhys will have his time to be alpha but now is not it. Hope I can use this collar to succeed in training them so we can get back to being a happy pack.
i have a 7 year old boxer bulldog mix shees always barked and not listened but 6 months ago she starded attacking the other dog and biting us as we tried to break them up. i was wondering if it was possible to train both of them with this technique. if not what should in do
Kristof Kovacs
Hello, I see everywhere that e-collars are used at low values repetitively rather than at medium levels a very few times. In my experience, a strong corrective action can teach a dog to avoid unwanted behaviour more effectively than barely noticable signals.

If my adopted 2 yr old male foxterrier behaves just fine, comes back always when recalled (after 6 months of intensive training), but completely turns around and becomes absolutely uncontrollable and goes into life-threatening situations when he sees birds, duck and cats, I would use a stonger shock immediately when not responding to recall with a warm praise rght after – a few times rather than small discomfort over and over again.

Please share your thoughts.

Hi! I have a 4 month old puppy and her issue is biting – not only just the innocent nips because she is teething, but she launches and bites our ankles if we are walking her or if she is overstimulated/wants attention, she becomes aggressive. She bit my 6-year old on the leg and drew blood and my husbands thumb and drew blood as well. Do shock collars work for curbing the biting?
Carlos Cordova
Best method is to bite her back. Not hard but enough to get her attention.
I didn’t mean to click the thumbs down. Sorry.
I am having the exact same problem! If you have found something that worked pls let me know!!
I am having the same problem with my 1 year old Shih Tzu. He loves me and my dad, but growls and bites my mom. She doesn’t do anything to provoke him either. I have spent $600 on training and it hasn’t helped. In fact the trainer said to keep my mom away from him. That is impossible. My vet put him on Prozac a month ago, but it hasn’t helped. She just suggested a vet behaviorist, but a friend just suggested a shock collar. I wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts.
Hi Melanie, I’m Shelley, I have a mixed Shepherd/Lab, she just turned 4 months and is doing the same thing as your dog, has the shock collar work for you?
I have two pomeranians and they bark heaps. The neighbours are starting to complain and we have already tried ultrasonic sound machines. We are considering a shock collar but I don’t want to hurt my dogs. I love them to the moon and back and wouldn’t dream of injuring them. The shock collar seems a bit cruel to me and my family all goes to school or works so no one can stay home during the day from 8 up until 4. Any suggestions about the shock collar? Does it work? Does it hurt? Which brand is the best? Anyone else in the same boat?
I use a shock collar on my hound pitbull mix. He uses level 2 out of 8. I would defiantly buy it again. He used to run into roads and for hours at a time. In regard to your dog that barks I would defiantly get one. Both you and your neighbours deserve peace. I also thought it was cruel and it was my last resort. I regretted it because I spent so much time shouting at him and breaking down in tears. Start with the lowest level and see if it makes a difference and do it for at least 6 weeks as the dog should have a full understanding by then. I hope this helps.
Karen E.
I really don’t understand the many comments on here like this one, after an article that explains the advantages of using shock collars and recommends which one to use.
We have a 15 week old golden doodle and an 8 year old golden doodle. We have a pet safe collar for our older dog to keep him in our yard. We live on a busy road. When can we put our pup on a collar? They have a very large area to roam and our unit is working great for our older dog.
Hello. I am wanting to purchase a training collar that will both automatically beep or vibrate on it’s own when she barks, but I also want a remote so that I can use it to train her to stay in our yard. I am looking for a 2-in-1 collar. Do these exist? I can only seem to find the automatic barking collars OR ones with a remote that you have to be present to use. Please help!!!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hayley, I was looking for the same thing for my dog, but unfortunately came up empty handed. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, I’m just not familiar of a collar with these capabilities. Hopefully a fellow reader reads your comment and knows of an option for you!
Stephanie S
Yes Garmin makes one that is both a remote training collar/bark collar.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Thank you Stephanie!!
Glenn Wieringa
Can anyone out there that has cats help me with keeping my two male cats from acting like they’re in heat and spraying when they smell the neighborhood females that come around outside. They’ve both been neutered for 6 months now but didn’t get neutered until they were adults though. I took the two males and 2 females in when my mother passed away so they were around 2 years old. They’re the sweetest Smart Cats I just hate yelling at them for a learned behavior. Sprays,lemongrass and hot pepper juice don’t work. The two females don’t like those things with the males will try to eat and look anything they think I gave them. Any ideas will help. I can’t keep replacing furniture and curtains .Thank you.
I have been using a collar on our 12 1/2 week old for jumping due to excitement. Knocks down our toddler grandchildren. It is a remote and she is with me 24/7. I use a verbalcommand “off” with audio beep then a # 4 quick zap.
If she jumps I use verbal again with zap. She has learned in 1 day! I was hesitant to use it but had done so with another pup and it was so responsive without being beaten down! We also have underground fence boundary as we live close to a highway on a hill. Cars come fast and can’t see. Use this tool as that. Our puppy is definitely a pup and I don’t expect perfection but introducing manners and gaining their attention at this point and keeping both dogs safe seems reasonable to me.
Glenn Wieringa
Hayley, as soon as I saw your question and comments I knew exactly what you were talking about. I live on a nice quiet neighborhood street with only six houses on it and mine is the last one on the road. I work usually 6 days a week and when it’s nice outside I like to keep my Australian Shepherd “Athena” in a outdoor indoor run connected to my motel room so she can get some fresh air and come inside if it rains. The problem I have is every time I leave in the morning or come home at night she barks constantly until she’s hoarse and has a sore throat. She does the same thing when I come home if I go into another room. I usually don’t care if the neighbors complain or not but in this case one particular couple called animal control so I had to do something. Norman makes a nice 2 in 1 that has multi levels of vibration and low levels of shock treatment. The remote treatment with her barking when I left the room when I am home was amazing in how fast it worked for her. She’s a very smart problem solving dog and it only took her aa day and a half to realize whether I was there or not the vibration and then shock when she barked when I left the room were connected. She’s a very smart problem solving dog and it only took her a couple of days to realize weather I was there or not they vibration and then shock when she barked when I left the room. The shock levels are not very strong which I liked and never used above a to with her and the vibration settings really or more annoying and distasteful to her than anything. Not very expensive and Garmin just like their GPS our guarantee. Now if only they made some in the size of my neighbors I hope this helps you as much as it helped me.
I have been reading through the posts and can’t find any on this problem… I have a 4 month old Golden Retriever that eats her poop… I’m 71 years old and have to run with the pooper scooper to hopefully get it before she does… Has anyone used an e collar for this problem ??? I’ve tried distracting her and rewarding her if I catch her before she gobbles it down… But that only works part of the time…
Normally a dog eats its or another dogs poop when they are low on a certain vitamin. You could try adding pumpkin to the puppys diet but i have no input on using the collar.
Stephanie S
Try pineapple in the dogs food or a bit of meat tenderizer in food. Using a remote collar isn’t going to help cause unfortunately you won’t always be in sight to see dog eating poop. And you want consistency when training a dog for an unwanted behavior.
Dogs generally grow out of cophragic behaviour (poop eating) by the time they are about 9 months of age. They are doing it to acquire nutrients absent in their diet. A shock collar would be a wasted, and unfair approachfor this particular problem. Be patient – in spite of the grossness!!
Bridget Hoopes
There are tablets you can buy to give her that makes her poop taste horrible to her.
Amanda W
Do not let everyone tell you that this is specifically only from a lack of vitamins or nutrients. Some dogs do this behavior because this is how the mother would clean the puppy poops while they were very young in the box with the litter. My dog has done this since we got her at nine weeks old. I had never seen this behavior so I had to research it. She has never done this outside and has only done this in the house. If this was from a deficiency-why is she only deficient in these nutrients inside the house?? You understand where I’m coming from? I talked to many trainers and they also told me it does not have to be from a deficiency and can be mimicking the mother. They sometimes do not grow out of this unfortunately and others times often do. The good news is there is ways to control this behavior, especially with stool eating deterrent (copaphagia pills). Sometimes they take 2 to 3 weeks to start working and off in the main ingredients is Yucca (approximately 200mgs). This worked great for our dog but is soon as we stopped buying the tablets hoping she was over it she returned back to doing it. Feeding pineapple chunks can also help.
Kelli Fortner
I’m gone during ther day. My dogs wants to be outside, he’s a huge dog. He Likes to wander far away and by highways. What do I need to ask for when buying a perimeter collar to keep him close to home
Hi Kelli,
Invisible fences, underground fences, or any of those things in my opinion are not good options if you leave your dog outside with no supervision.
Those things do not stop wild life or any other destraction from allowing your dog to leave the yard and ultimately put your pet at risk to get hit by a car or even stolen.