Among the many models of training collars, do you find it difficult to decide which model suits your needs? Well, most owners do.
Today the market offers numerous of training collars with different characteristics and prices. Each manufacturer or vendor advertises her collar as the best. The choice is further complicated when you can get too much advice from too many people (forums, reviews, recommendations, websites, etc.) that only clouds the issue. For the beginning, it is enough to pay attention to several criteria for finding the right collar.
In this post, we will draw attention to the most important features that owners should pay attention when choosing an electronic training collar. They include:
- Characteristics of batteries
- Degree of water resistance
- Availability features
- Temperament and personalities of the dog
- The ultimate effect that the owner wants to achieve
Types of batteries in electronic training collars
Remote and receiver, as electronic training collar components, use different types of batteries as a power source. The main characteristic of battery that owners should focus attention is that the batteries are rechargeable or non-rechargeable. Remote and receiver can have the same or different type of batteries. Non-rechargeable batteries are the standard sizes of AA, AAA, C and D and rechargeable include nickel-cadmium or lithium-ion batteries.
Every type of batteries have advantages and disadvantages, but training collar with rechargeable batteries today is more recommended, especially in professional dog trainers.
Waterproof electronic training collars
Electronic training collars have the different degree of water resistant. According to the resistance to water, e-collars can be:
- Without water resistant,
- Rain proof,
- Water proof (absolutely or under certain conditions).
When you evaluate the degree of water resistant, consider that the resistance applies only to the receiver, and not for the remote. Water resistance is not relevant to the remote since it means that he is always in the hands of the owner and is not exposed to the effects of water.
Having in mind that the most of the dogs are residing outside, non-waterproof training collars do not meet the minimum criteria. Whether to buy a waterproof or rainproof dog training collar – it depends on whether they are living: hunting dogs that swim or dogs that live in the courtyard.
Every owner should choose the level of water resistance of e-collar according to your needs.
The importance of range for selection of e-collar
The range is the distance between the remote and the receiver, which enables the sending signal from the remote and reliable reception of signals at the receiver. Because the collars have little or no penetration, range generally represents the distance without barriers (trees, houses, etc.).
According to the range, all models of e-collar can be divided into three groups:
- a) Short-range (up to 300 yards)
- b) Middle-range (300-1000 yards) and
- c) Long-range (more than 1000 yards).
Although it is expected that long range e-collars have better characteristics, sometimes purchasing short range e-collars has its advantages. 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.
Main features of electronic training collar
Three main modes available in e-collars are:
- beep sound
- electrostimulation (incorrectly called a “shock”).
These three functions are not available on all models. Some models do not have electrostimulation, but only beep sound and vibration. Other models, however, have electrostimulation whose intensity can not be regulated, but it is constant. The best option is a model with intensity-regulated electrostimulation. These models usually have a display, which enables the precise monitoring and regulation of the intensity of electrostimulation, as well as monitoring other commands (which collar is the active, mode, etc.).
The consideration of features has particular importance in the collar for the training of two dogs. Some models of e-collars are made for the training of one dog, but allow a subsequent addition of a new (second) dog collar. If you want to add the second collar on the same remote, when you buy e-collar you have to check is this possible. The situation is easier if you instantly buying model produced for the two dogs, with two collars.
Some models for the two dogs cannot divide the vibration for each collar. When you press the button, the both collars vibrate, which can be confusing for the dog who does not make a mistake.
Influence of temperament of the dog on the selection of e-collar
Dog’s temperament and personalities may play an important role in the selection of dog training collar. For training of cuddly and obedient dogs to choose a model that has a sound and/or vibration is enough. Buying these models is strongly recommended if you want to train fearful dogs. Using of electrostimulation in these dogs could be contraindicated and may cause even greater pathological fear and stress.
Unlike these dogs, the reaction of stubborn dogs to beep sound or vibration usually is missing. Stubborn dogs require e-collars with electrostimulation to understand what is expected of them and so began to behave.
What do you want from your dog
The ultimate effect that the owner wants to achieve is the most important factor in the selection of electronic training collar. To give you an e-collar solve the problem, first, you must “diagnose” of the problem concerned. Electronic dog training collars can be used for obesity training, (anti)bark training, hunting training, potty training or professional training of official dogs. Each problem requires a specific selection of training collar.
Using training collars gave the best results in obesity and bark training. If your dog jumps up on people, chasing people, cars or animals, destructive chewing, jumping on furniture in a flat, eating what’s not allowed, getting into the trash or the neighbor’s yard, not responding when called or unwanted barking, electronic dog training collars are the best choice. Dog training using e-collars give the expected results only if you use it in the right way.
If the dog training is not done properly, then relationship bond between the owner and the dog may weaken. The dog may associate pain with human and become stressful. So follow the simple steps and let both you and your dog enjoy the training. Your dog is like your child and he doesn’t deserve the pain.