Buying Guide for Shock Collars

A shock collar is a device used to bring about behavior modification in a dog. There are various types of shock collars available; before you get one for your dog you should identify your primary purpose for getting a collar, as well as spend some time researching the types available and, therefore, the type that would be useful in your particular case. Here we provide a few pointers on what to look for in a shock collar.

Shock Collars Buying Guide

Types of Collars

Shock collars come in three main types – obedience collars, barking collars, and containment collars.

Obedience Collars

These types of collars are also known as shock collars, remote shock collars, or e-collars. These collars work with a handheld remote that allows the trainer or owner to deliver a shock when the dog is disobedient. The remote has different intensity levels that the trainer can raise or lower according the dog’s response.

Dog Containment Systems

These collars work by keeping the dog within a specified boundary. It works where an electric wire is buried underground along the perimeter in which you want the dog to remain. This wire is linked with a collar and when the dog approaches the boundary, it sounds a warning tone.

If the dog continues towards the boundary, the collar delivers a shock. There are different variants available; some collars adjust the shock level automatically depending on the dog’s response, and other collars require that the owner manually adjust the shock level if the dog persists in crossing the boundary.

Barking Collars

These collars will either vibrate or shock the dog if the dog barks at a loud volume. Many of these types of collars will have an adjustable setting so that the owner can decide what volume is acceptable and modify when the shock will be delivered. There are other types that will deliver a shock when any type of noise or vibration is sensed.

Buy the Right Type of Collar

With this information in mind, the owner should buy the kind of collar that is suitable for the dog’s training needs. If your dog will have no way of escaping the property, there will be no need to buy a containment system. If your dog does not bark unless provoked or a stranger comes into or close to their space, then there would be no need to get a barking collar. If you need to reinforce obedience commands, then an obedience type collar would be the one to go for.

Purchase Collars with Tone and Vibration Mode

There can be no doubt that an electric shock will be uncomfortable, and perhaps painful for the dog. Therefore, the owner should strive to use the shock feature as little as possible. By purchasing a collar with tone and vibration mode, the dog can receive several warnings before the shock is administered.

Get the Dog Before You Get the Collar

Usually when a person decides to get a dog as a pet they make preparations, as they rightfully should, prior to the dog’s arrival. This preparation can involve getting all the dog will ever need once it arrives home, and some owners will get a dog collar in anticipation of training their new pet. However, it is advised that you get the dog first and spend some time observing the dog and its temperament before you get a collar.

You may find that the type of collar that you purchased is not the type that you need based on the dog’s tendencies. To save yourself money, disappointment, and the problem of using the incorrect training method just because you already have a certain collar on hand, get your dog first and then take it from there.