How does a dog shock collars work and what to know before buying it

Did you know that e-collar is the same as the so called dog “shock collar”?

Nowadays it has gained popularity due to lack of information and misusage. You would think what does E stands for – E means electric, but these e-collars DO NOT deliver a high voltage of electric shock to dogs.

It may sound a very cruel and unfriendly tool, but it’s actually one of the best ones you can work with to get clear communication with your dog even when he is a long-distance away.

It’s a safe tool to use to get your dog’s attention, it won’t do any physical harm to him.

I’m not saying that everyone should use them in their training. There are different dogs and different training techniques to choose from. E-collar is one of the many tools you can use to improve your communication with your dog. But it’s not a tool you have to start with.

E-collar should be used when your dog fully understands the basic obedience.

1. How does an e-collar work?

This tool consists of two parts – a collar you put around your dog’s neck and a remote, which you hold in your hand.

The remote, which you are controlling, gives a radio signal to your dog’s collar and it activates the stimulation such as vibration, static pulse that forms a contraction of the muscle. The stimulation is delivered from the two prongs, which are located on the inner side of the collar that touches the dog’s skin.

This contraction sends a signal to your dog so he can correct the unwanted behaviour.

Every collar has levels, which you can variate from, depending on the stimulation you need at that moment. In the beginning, start with the lowest level and then build up the stimulation to see at which point your dog starts to feel it.

It’s in no way hurtful to your dog. You can even try the collar on yourself. It makes a tickling sensation to the muscle.

2. Benefits of working with an e-collar

An e-collar (dog “shock collar” – the popular, misused term) is a communication tool, which allows you to communicate with your dog without talking to them.

It’s important to learn together with your dog, what this collar even means. Clear communication also means using it at the right time. It takes time to get accustomed to it as well as your dog needs to understand what does this new sensation means for him.

 Here are the main areas e-collar works it’s magic:

  • Recall;
  • Loose leash walking;
  • Pulling on the leash;
  • Aggression;
  • Guarding;
  • Jumping;
  • Counter surfing;
  • And so much more

Highly recommend working with a professional to get a clear picture of the whole learning process and the correct usage of the tool in these situations.

We recently discovered Canine Performance. They have their own online learning platform, which you can use whenever you have time to work with your pup, and if you still have restrictions due to Covid this is a great alternative to work with.

They also have great content whit dog training tips, tricks and more on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, which you can use any time for free.

3. Disadvantages of using an e-collar

As I mentioned before, there are a lot of misleading information about the e-collars.

One of them is the same popular misused word – dog shock collar – I have already mentioned a few times. Hearing these words people start to think of the worst imaginable scenario, and some people might use it for this particular reason.

Buying a correct tool and using it correctly will not harm your doggo.

People also buy them as a quick fix to their problems, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to have proper e-collar training and it takes some time to learn everything, but in the end, it’s worth it.

4. Things to know before buying an e-collar

  • DO NOT save on these tools. You may want to choose the cheapest one, but don’t do it. You get what you pay for. If you’ll buy the cheapest one, it won’t probably work as well or won’t work at all;
  • Choose an appropriate and qualified company that knows what they’re doing and selling. It’s highly recommended to buy qualified equipment;
  • The intensity has to be adjustable. Collars for a lower price have a lower range of levels than the better quality e-collars who have levels up to 100 and more. If they have fewer levels they have a bigger difference in their intensity between them. Instead of having 100 levels and a slower transition;
  • It’s not a quick fix tool;
In conclusion

Many professional dog trainers use e-collars. A professional knows what he’s doing, and having many years of experience working with dogs just confirms it.

It’s not a tool for everybody. As there are different kinds of dog training options and different types of trainers. Starting from positive reinforcement, scientific, clicker training, to electronic, relationship-based training, and so on.

The most important thing is to find the most suitable options and tools for you and your dog to build and to have a happy and healthy relationship.

Always do your research on everything before starting something new. As there’s always a professional in every field who can help you to understand the basics.