2015 Dog Training Collars Buyer's Guide

2015 Best Electronic Dog Collars Buyer's Guide
We understand that with so many options of training collars to choose from, picking the right one for your dog can be overwhelming... Here's some help.

E-collar RemoteGrouping E-collars for Specific Use

Not all remote training collars have the same use or function the same way. Some are built as simple to use remote trainers for the everyday pet, while others are made for more advanced dog trainers, and many are designed specifically for the avid hunting dog. Whatever your use and application may be, the categories below will be a great place for you to start.

E-collar Mode and OptionsE-collar Stimulation Modes and Options

It's important to understand what each collar is capable of and whether it fits your needs and applications. Here is a quick breakdown of the collar modes you'll find on the various trainers we offer to help you understand the capability of each system. As you explore through the remote collar systems on our site, you'll see some of these terms associated with each e-collar.

Continuous Stimulation
One of the most common features of most e-collar systems where stimulation is given to your dog for as long as you hold down the button, allowing you to control the length of the static correction. This will happen at the intensity level of your choosing. The continuous stimulation method is the preferred mode for training dogs new commands. Most systems are built in with a safety cut off of around 8 seconds per push to ensure that the option is not triggered by accident on its own. Proper use of this function is recommended to ensure you're not over-correcting your dog.
Momentary Stimulation
This stimulation method sends a short and quick signal to the collar receiver, lasting only a fraction of a second, no matter how long you hold down the button on the remote. This will also happen at the intensity level of your choosing. The momentary setting is used more with well-trained dogs using commands they already know. Also, this acts as a quick way to get your dogs attention without overdoing it.
Vibration Mode
More advanced collar systems have a vibration feature built into the collar for your dog. Most of these systems allow you to set up the device so that the collar will vibrate just before a static correction (Continuous or Momentary) is delivered, conditioning your dog to relate the vibration to the static correction. This method allows you to eventually wean your dog off of the static correction and begin using just the vibration mode of the collar to deliver commands.
Tone Function
Much like the vibration feature, the tone stimulation type eventually allows you to train your dog to receive commands with an auditory tone signal. Proper pairing and conditioning of the tone signal prior to the static shock in early training is the key to its success. Obviously, this is not the preferred method if you are in hunting situations where quiet is of essence. A vibration setting may be better suited for you if so.
Jump Mode
The jump feature allows you to have two preset levels of intensity set on your remote, and allows you to easily "jump" to deliver the higher setting when needed. For example, if your dog is use to receiving static corrections at an intensity level of 2, but occasionally won't always listen to you, the jump button will send a correction to your dog of the higher intensity setting of your choosing, like level 7.
Jump and Rise Mode
Jump & Rise
Similar to the jump feature, this method allows you to work at your regular lower setting on your collar. However, if your dog is not reacting to your command at its regular setting, the jump & rise button can be pressed to slowly ramp the intensity level from your usual setting to a much higher setting over a few seconds until your dog responds. Once the button is released, the remote will jump back down to your normal intensity level setting.
Beeper Locate
Beeper Locate
Beepers are commonly used by upland hunters who run their dogs in tall covering grass. It's not so easy to see your dog in this kind of terrain, so the beeper locate button can be pressed to play a loud auditory signal so that you are able to have a good idea where they are located.
Run & Point
Run & Point
This mode is only available on beeper collars, and is very useful to "hear" what your dog is doing in tall cover when you are unable to see them. When set to run & point mode, the beeper on the dogs collar will play a audible beep every 5 to 10 seconds while in motion. When your dog stops and is on point, the beeper collar will play a quicker beep, once every second, so that you are able to recognize when on point, even though you are unable to see him.
Point Only
Point Only
This mode works just like the run & point mode, but instead will not play the beep while your dog is in motion. However, when your dog stops and goes on point, the auditory signal is played once every second for you to hear.

Best BrandsThe Top Dog Training Collar Brands

Sorting through the seemingly endless amount dog training collars can be confusing and overwhelming. There are tons of different manufacturers making their own collar systems, but there are only a handful that we stand behind and are proven to work day in and day out. Here's a little about the best e-collar brands you can trust to get your dog to the top of its game.

SportDOG Brand is the most recognized collar brand in the remote dog collar world, and makes some of the best dog training collars on the market. Their collars and products are known not only for their quality, but also for being the best value for the dollar out there over any other collar. Their dog collars quickly proved to be amongst the best in the field. Most of the dog training collars reviews we have received for their products are highly rated. We strongly believe in their electronic remote dog products.
D.T. Systems products have been providing the world's best and most advanced training e-collars for dogs since 1983. Lightweight, convenient and easy for anyone to use, D.T. Systems introduced state-of-the-art technology in their collar devices and collars. Their friendly static shock systems and breakthrough collars have revolutionized the electronic dog collar industry forever.
Garmin, the world's GPS leader has come to the sporting dog community and revolutionized hunting dog tracking collars and coaching forever. Their innovative dog GPS tracking technology replaces the need for triangulation using older radio telemetry RF and tells you exactly where they are and what they're doing. Garmin has acquired Tri-Tronics, and has been committed to designing and manufacturing only the highest quality, most reliable, and easiest to use electronic pet collars.
Dogtra focuses on offering user-friendly e-collars that are designed for the most demanding conditions. Dogtra offers a complete line of collars systems, and their patented stimulation control offers an exact correction level for every dog's temperament without jumps in between levels.
Headquartered in Tennessee, PetSafe has built its success with the knowledge that pets are a member of the family. As a company of pet lovers, PetSafe's employees produce the industry's most popular and innovative products in pet teaching, containment, safety and lifestyle for an audience dear to their heart: their own pets. PetSafe is hard at work developing collar products to help owners locate and identify lost pets, enhance pet wellness and provide better at-home care for their animal companions.


Faq iconFAQ - Training Collar Questions & Answers

Weather you're looking to take dog training into your own hands for the first time, or a seasoned professional trainer, there are still many common questions people have about e-collars. Here are some answers to the questions we get asked the most about electric dog training collars.

How do remote training collars work?
Remote dog training collars are comprised of two main devices: the handheld remote transmitter and the electronic receiver collar for your dog. At the most basic level, the remote will have a button to send static correction to the collar and a dial to set how strong that correction will be. The collar's electronic receiver has two prong contact points and when fitted properly will rest snugly against the skin on your dog's neck. You now have long-range communication with your dog.
How long will it take to remote train my dog?
It depends on the action being tough, but the average appropriate time for dog training is roughly ten minutes, twice a day, for two weeks to complete each short stage of the action being trained. Of course, the average time depends on the dog's level of understanding, the complexity of the action and the trainer.
Will the static correction hurt my dog?

No, the electronic stimulation will not hurt or harm your dog in any way. This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in the dog-training world and there is no need to be concerned. The e-collar's static correction is 100% safe and humane. The mild static stimulation that your dog feels is compared to some as the static electricity you feel when you grab a doorknob after walking across the carpet. The stimulation is designed to be undesirable to dogs so that they will avoid it.

The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association (ECMA), an organization overseeing safe and humane electronic training device manufacturing worldwide under the Animal Welfare Act, recently posted, "Statements suggesting that electronic training products cause pain and distress to animals demonstrate a lack of awareness regarding animal welfare science, law, and the range of electronic training products available - their use and practical everyday value."

For more information on the safety of e-collars, read ECMA's full report "The Facts About Modern Electronic Training Devices."

Still not sure about it? You can always hold the collar in the palm of your hand and press the button on the remote, starting at lower levels and working your way up... at least that's what we did.

Are there alternatives to electrical stimulation?
Yes, there are. Some manufacturers make collars that use vibration, an audible tone, or a puff of citronella spray aimed at your dog's nose in place of static correction. Through proper training, all three alternatives can be effective.
How do I know the correct stimulation level to use?

Always begin using a remote collar on the lowest level and work your way up slowly, or until you notice the faintest twitch in your dog’s neck, head, or shoulder, or a perk in their ears when you send a correction. Now they know you are talking to them without needlessly overdoing it. It's recommended to find this setting as you start with the actual training of your dog and not to correct them just to set the level. For dogs that are able to take it through the highest level without reacting, some brands make higher leveled remote collars for stubborn dogs.

How far is the range of a remote collar device?
The operating distance of remote collars vary by each system. Short range collars are mostly used by people who work with dogs in yards and parks, while medium range collars will work up to distances as far as two miles. Long range collar systems, used mostly by hunters who use long running hounds, can operate at distances as far as ten miles, some displaying their position on the device's map. You will find the range of our collar systems listed beside each one in our store.
How old should my puppy be before using a remote collar?
It is recommended that your puppy be at least 5 to 6 months old prior to using an e-collar. You want to make sure your pup can effortlessly support the weight of the collar, but more importantly, you will want to teach them what you expect after you have already taught them the basic commands. This is imperative for proper collar training.
How much must my dog weigh to use an e-collar?
There are a number of remote trainers made specifically for small dogs and the smallest recommended weight of these collars is 8lbs. Be sure to read the products recommended weight specifications before purchasing.
Can my dog wear the collar receiver for longer than 12 hours?
No. The collar receiver should not be worn for more than 12 hours at a time. Because of the prongs, any collar receiver worn for extended periods can cause a condition similar to bedsores, known as Pressure Necrosis.
What is the warranty for the e-collars we sell online?
Manufacturer warranties vary by product and extend from 6 months to 1 year. We here at Sporting Dog Pro offer a 30-day warranty from your purchase date. If you end up not liking the collar or find it to be defective, we will replace the unit or refund you the cost of the unit within the 30 day period.

For more information on any of these brands or products, feel free to read more on each of their own websites, or explore for yourself on ours. Feel free to contact us about our recommended products using the form on the menu above. Find the best dog shock collar reviews using this guide and get free ground shipping quickly delivered to your door. Get your dog to the top of its game. All brand logos are registered trademarks of their respective company.

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