How an Electronic Dog Collar Works

Do You Know How an Electronic Dog Collar Works?

If you’re asking yourself, how an electronic dog collar works, you’re not alone. It’s a great question. It’s important to know the ins and outs of how electronic collars work so that you can confident knowing that you are training your dog properly and humanly, if not, you could be doing your dog harm.

An Electronic dog collar is a remote dog training system that typically consists of a wireless receiver (collar) and a wireless remote. The E-collar remote sends various signals to your dog’s collar to help them understand “good behavior” and “bad behavior.” They are offered in a variety of ranges which is important when it comes to what you are training your dog to do. If you are using the electronic collar to train your dog to stay in the yard you can go with a shorter range unit like the SportDog Yard Trainer that offers a 300 yard range. If you are training a bird dog it’s a good idea to go with one of our models that offer at least a mile range, like the Dogtra Edge RT.

There are plenty of different collars available that you can select from that have functions that will allow you to send either a tone, vibration, or a stimulating sensation to the dog.  

E-collars are Proven to Be Safe and Effective for Training Your Pup

There are people out there that incorrectly assume that all electronic collars cause physical harm or lasting damage to a dog, that’s simply not true. E-collars are designed to gain your dog’s attention, they are not to be used to cause pain as a form of punishment. When used in conjunction with positive reinforcement, these collars provide the feedback that dogs need in order to learn when to pay attention to the trainer. While the use of E-collars is highly debatable, there’s one thing for certain, if used correctly they are a safe and an incredibly effective tool for training your dog. Professional dog behavior consultant and trainer, Steven R. Lindsay has written a number of publications about dog behavior and training and states that, “If minimizing the intensity, duration, and frequency of aversive stimulation during training is recognized as a significant factor in the definition of humane dog training.”  

Electronic dog collars, or E-Collars, were originally used in the late 1960’s to train hunting dogs. In those days they were very high powered. Modern versions are capable of delivering very low levels of shock. They are now readily available and are used for a variety of purposes that include, pet containment, obedience training, and behavioral modification. They are not just used to train hunting dogs, they are also used by the police, military, and for service training.

Different Features of Your E-Collar

If you have been searching the web looking for more information on how an electronic collar works, you have probably come across the different functions that they offer; tone, vibration, or a stimulation, but do you know what they mean? Let us help break it down for you.

What is tone? Tone is an audible non-stimulation command mode that precedes the shock sensation. It becomes an identifier that marks a specific consequence. The dog is sensitive to the timing of the signal and focuses instantly. The goal is to press the button and deliver a tone to the receiver at the instant, just before the behavior starts. Then continue to hold the button down long enough to deliver at least three or four seconds of tangible aversive shock.

This leads us to our next mode, the stimulating sensation, or shock. While different E-collar units deliver different intensities of stimulation, when used correctly, this will not harm your dog. You should not be delivering a powerful shock to your dog. Start with the lowest level of shock to discover at what point your dog notices the sensation. He may look at you when he feels this. You should never use your electronic collar to send overpowering stimulation as a form of punishment.

Before you use the shock function on your dog, try the vibration mode first. Ninety-five percent of dogs will learn to associate with the vibrations prior to having to use the shock mode. Vibration mode is a pulsing sensation that is aimed at getting your dogs attention, but does not cause them any discomfort. The vibes your dog will feel are similar to that of your cell phone. In most dogs, the vibration mode has proven to be effective.

Educate Yourself Before Using Your New E-Collar

Of course, if you are not already familiar with how an electronic collar work. it’s a good idea to read the instructions and watch the instructional DVD that comes with most sets before you use your E-collar. The DVD’s are a great way to familiarize yourself with your new collar unit and will help to teach the proper way that they are to be used to minimize the chance of harming your dog.

Marsh Mutt Has What You Need

While you can’t train your dog to hunt, with the help of one of our e-collars, you can provide your dog with the skills he needs to become successful in the field or at home. If you are interested in a new electronic collar for your dog Marsh Mutt has what you need. We carry dozens of great collar products that are sure to fit yours and your dog’s needs. We offer a great selection of collars for all size dogs with a variety of ranges. So whether you will training your dog to stay in the yard or to track down birds in the distance, we have you covered. As always, Let us know if you need more information on how an electronic dog collar works or if you have any questions about any of our products. We are happy to help!

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