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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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.

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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.

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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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Deb
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.
Sherry
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.
doubtful
sounds like a cooked up anti e-collar reply
Sean
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.
Sean
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.
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.
Jennifer
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
Daryl
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.
Mark
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!
C Y
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!
Tsveti
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 🙂
Thanks!
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
June
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 🙁 some dogs just don’t get along, just like people.
Nat
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?
Shelby
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?
Tina
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?
Jen
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.
Thanks
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.
Laura
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.
Rosalynn
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!

Ina
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.

xx

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I wouldn’t suggest letting your dog chew on wood, it can be dangerous to them. You can learn more here.
Tina
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…
Tina
…..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.
Sarena
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
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?

Yasmine
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.
Amanda
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!!!
Jennifer
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
Suzanne
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
Irma
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!
Bill
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.
Jodi
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
Irma
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
laura
I though shock collars were outlawed .
Ken
They are not. Your jurisdiction may vary.
Dontbeadickw
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
Dina
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?
Amanda
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.
Teresa
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.
Stacey
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.
Heather
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.

Jennifer
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?
Denver
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.
Amanda
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!