10 Best

Shock Collars

of December 2023

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Shock Collars--Effective Dog Training

Yehudah Posnick

Some people refer to their dog or cat as their “furry baby”. And pet owners pamper their pets as much as their children. But, just like we have to discipline our children on occasion, we have to also discipline our pets. A shock collar is a way of communicating to your dog which behavior is acceptable--and when it’s a bit out of hand. This way, you can keep your dog from barking uncontrollably, or jumping on guests when they come into your house, or other undesirable behaviors. And your dog can quickly learn which behavior is considered “good”, by you having the shock collar play a tone instead.

There are lots of shock collars on the market. Some incorporate vibrations or tones together with shocks. Others use citronella spray as a deterrent. Some give an option of lighting up so that you can find your dog more easily in poor lighting conditions. We’ll go through some of the products, and their advantages, so that you can make a more informed decision.

Types of Shock Collars

  • Shock collars that work by remote control: These are operated by the owner--and they’ll require you to monitor your pet yourself. When you see your dog doing something forbidden, you can deliver a shock to convince him to stop. But this requires you to be in range of your dog at all times.

  • Motion-sensitive shock collars are designed to deliver a shock if your pet goes into a forbidden area--either for its own good, because it’s dangerous for them, or for your own good.

  • Sound-sensitive shock collars are intended to train your dog to not bark. They’ll deliver a shock if he barks--but are constructed so that they won’t shock your dog if the neighbor’s dog barks.

What reviewers say

  • What each type of stimulus is for: PetSafe makes a number of shock collars. The best training comes from remote control shock collars, because you can instruct your dog to stop if he’s chewing, jumping, digging, or engaging in any other undesirable behavior. The automatic collars are preferred when training a dog not to bark uncontrollably--but may not be as effective for the other types of behavior.

  • Is shock necessary?: Some owners shy away from using the “shock” option, as being inhumane. Indeed, some owners said that the other options, of just vibrations for bad behavior, and a beep for good behavior, were really all that their dog needed.

  • Shock levels: One person who used the Dog Care Training Collar thought that he’d try it on himself first. When he took it out of the box, it was already set on the highest shock setting, at 99. He said that he felt it even in his knees! But it’s rare that a dog will need something that strong. He said that a setting of 25 made his dog yelp, while 22 was “just right” to get the dog’s attention. Anything under that would just be a slight tingle, to which the dog didn’t respond.

Important Features

  • Finding the dog’s recognition level: Trainers say that it’s important to find your dog’s recognition level of the collar’s stimulus. You should take your dog to a quiet, secluded area with no distractions, and then use the dog collar’s stimulus on the lowest level. You gradually go up in intensity, until you see the dog give some sort of reaction.

  • Place the collar at the narrowest part of the neck: This will ensure that it doesn’t move around as the dog runs around. If you put it on a thicker part of the dog’s neck, it might slip to a narrow section--and your dog won’t sense the shock or vibration.

  • Different stimuli for different purposes: It’s important to encourage good behavior in your dog as well. You can use the beep mode as positive reinforcement, when your dog behaves properly while reserving the shock or vibration when the dog gets out of line, either by going away or barking uncontrollably, and the like.

  • Check the collar position every hour: It’s recommended to reposition the collar on the dog every hour or so, for optimal results. Also, when attaching the collar, make sure that it’s not too tight: you should be able to insert your finger between the collar and your dog’s neck.

Top-Rated Brands

  • The Dog Care Dog Training Collar has a rechargeable battery, giving you 15 days of battery life on a single charge. The remote control has a 45-day battery life. It has three modes: beep, vibration, and shock modes. It’s waterproof, which is good if your dog likes swimming. The remote control can manage up to 9 different collars, each on a different channel. Also, a great feature is the lock button, so that you don’t shock your dog by mistake!

Dog Care Dog Training Collar

  • The PetSafe Remote Dog Training Collar has a range of up to 300 yards. It allows you to select either tone, vibration, or static shock, to train your dog. It’s waterproof and uses rechargeable batteries. It can be expanded for use with 2 dogs as well. It charges up in 2 hours, which will suffice for 40 hours of use! You can get a device with a range of between 100 to 900 yards.

PetSafe Remote Dog Training Collar

  • The IPets Pet619S Waterproof and Rechargeable Dog Shock Collar has a range of 330 yards and is suitable for dogs weighing from 10 to 100 pounds. The remote control is small enough to fit in your hand and has separate buttons for delivering a shock, vibration, or tone alarm.

IPets Pet619S Waterproof and Rechargeable Dog Shock Collar

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