Most of the dog owners when purchasing dog training collar, don’t pay attention to whether dog training collars are waterproof or rainproof. On the other hand, sellers in their ads skillfully conceal this information. Although at first glance appear similar, these two characteristics of shock collars are significantly different. Let’s have a look!
First, it is important to understand 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.
Advantages and disadvantages of waterproof e-collars
According to the general definition, the term “waterproof” means impervious to water. Although the definition sounds straightforward, the understanding it is not. Currently, there is no established industry standard in order for a device, including dog training collars, to classify as waterproof. The closest thing currently available, as far as a rating scale is concerned, is the Ingress Protection Rating scale. This scale assigns items rating from 0-8 in terms of how effective the device is at keeping water from entering into it.
The term waterproof usually communicates the idea that this is a permanent condition, and that whatever has been ‘waterproofed’ will never fail due to contact with water–no matter the situation. This is not always the case. In the case of improper opening or regular replacement of batteries in the receiver, water resistance may be impaired. For that reason, sellers usually indicate the depth of water and conditions where guarantee the waterproof. If the ad indicated that the training collar is waterproof, this means that your dog can swim with it. It is especially useful for hunting dogs to retrieve game from the water. Because of this feature, waterproof training collars are more expensive compared to those that are not.
Similar to the waterproof, the term “rainproof” means impervious to rain. Rainproof training collars are able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely. This is the lowest level of water protection. If a receiver is labeled as rainproof, it means that the device itself may be built in such a way that it is more difficult for water to get inside of it, or possibly that it is coated with a very light substance that helps improve the device’s chances of surviving an encounter with small amount of water. This type of training collars can withstand rain or accidentally dip of the receiver into a bowl of water while drinking, but it is not recommended that dogs with rainproof collar swim or enter into deep water.
If you have a dog that does not get into the water, rainproof training collars are sufficient. Having in mind the lower price of rainproof models, in this case, they may be the better choice.