All electronic dog training collars consist of a handheld transmitter and collar receiver. The collars are used for numerous training purposes. For companion dogs (i.e., household dogs) these collars are typically used to train dogs to voice commands such as “Come”, “Sit”, or “Stay”. Dog training collars are also commonly used for hunting or sporting dogs. With hunting dog collars, trainers use the transmitter and collar to teach dogs to retrieve, stay, return, etc. Training collars for hunting dogs have a much larger range and are usually manufactured to endure rougher environments.
Other options such as spray collars exist for training your dog. Based on our experience, spray collars are typically less effective and have problems with the spraying mechanism.
Remote training collars work by emitting an audible tone followed by a static electric stimulation to the dog once the stimulation control is pressed on the handheld transmitter. Certain dog training collars also have an option for tone only. Once the dog understands the voice commands and consequences, the tone is normally all the trainer needs to ensure the dog responds to the command.
Remember, the stimulation from the collar is meant to get the dog’s attention and NOT TO PUNISH. If the collar is used for punishment rather than a training tool, the dog will not respond and it will be very difficult to achieve results. Also remember that remote training collars should not be used for training dogs younger than 6 months of age.
Remote trainers are designed to provide a static stimulation similar to the shock you feel when you rub your feet across carpet and touch another person. When training your dog, it is important to start at the lowest stimulation setting available and only increase the stimulation level if your dog does not show any indication that they felt the stimulation.