Although the owners have no real need for a long range e-collar, its range is one of the main criteria for the selection of training collar. The market offers different models ranging from short-range (300 yards) to long range (more than 1000 yards). Long range remote collars are usually more expensive, and the owners are often uncertain how to choose appropriate collar on the basis of the range. Let’s analyze the importance of range for the training collar.


What is actually a range of dog training collar

One of the definitions of remote electronic devices says that “a remote control is a component of an electronic device used to operate the device wirelessly from a distance”. The range is the distance between the remote and the receiver, which enables the sending signal (beep, vibration or electrostimulation) from the remote and reliable reception of signals at the receiver. This means that to get the full range out of a system there should be nothing between the transmitter and the receiver and the terrain should be flat and open. This isn’t going to happen in most places where the owners are training your dog.

So, maximum range, referred in the specification for the training collar, is designed for space without barriers. The presence of the obstacle (tree, a wall, etc.) may significantly reduce the range. Unlike other electronic remote devices which in addition to the range have and the penetration (e.g., cars), for the training collars are essentially flat and open space. If your car is away from you in the middle of a field with no overhead power lines or walls to go through, the car will start, or start your vehicle from inside of a building. Unfortunately, training collars have very little or no penetration.

Dog training collar range in area without obstacleUsing dog training collar in area without obstacle

Short or long range of dog training collar

Buying long range remote training collar is always a better choice.

Large range training collar working on a smaller range, while the short range training collar can not increase the range. The only disadvantage of long range training collars is their price, ranging up to 40$. The inexpensive collars with short range (250-300 yards) will work on pets and they are great for yard work around the house, but they can be unreliable if you want to use them on a working dog in an off-leash situation.


Using dog training collar in area with obstacle

The presence of the obstacle significantly reduce the range of dog training collar


For the average user, who uses the remote collar in amateur purposes, short range collars are sufficient, and with this range, the owner is possible to control the dog in the yard, park … It generally is a short-term tool to help the dog understand what you want. If you use a collar like a pro for training dogs in the open training center, long range collar is needed.

As a general rule, most owners can get by with a 1/2 mile range collar. If you have a big running pointing dog you will need a mile. If you are trying to stop chasing of unwanted game you will want at least a mile.

It generally is a short-term tool to help the dog understand what you want.