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 $37.89 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.

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. 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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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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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.
Victoria
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.
DonSanAnto
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.

Tom
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?
Thanks,
Stephany
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.
John
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
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?
Stephany
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.
John
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.
John
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
Margaret
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.
John
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
D ROBINSON
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
Bob
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.
Law
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.
Pauker
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.
John
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.
Klarice
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?
Klarice
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!
LSR
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 🙂 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?

Aaron
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.
Kate
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.

danna
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.
Aaron
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.
Inez
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?
Kate
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
Anne
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.
Kate
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
Jocelynne
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?
Ken
Garmin bark limiter 2 is the best bark collar on the market.
Carla
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:
WDFZONE
EASYPET
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.
Betty
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.
Melissa
Hi Betty,
Which collar system did you use?
Kate
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.
Ziaa
Hi,
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.
Terri
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.

Ed
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
Kate
Yes. Completely safe.