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Do Shock Collars Work?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to training your pet is do shock collars work? The answer to this question is ultimately yes, shock collars can be an effective way to curb many different stubborn behaviors in dogs such as excessive barking, unwanted aggression, pet containment and general stubborn behavior but this all depends on the trainer and how they are administering this aversive training technique. It is also very important and should be understood that canines are associative learners. There are many different factors that can lead to positive and negative training results when using aversive training.

Petrainer PET916 Shock Collar E-Collar

Such factors for example, is the environment they are being trained in, whether it is in your own backyard, at the local dog park, or off –leash training on the sidewalk. Factors such as objects in those environments may affect your dog’s association towards the shock stimulation as well. These objects could include people, vehicles, animals, etc.  Any negative/improper association with the shock collar could result in physical pain, stress, anxiety, fear, aggression and abnormal behaviors towards these objects in the training environment.

Timing and awareness are VERY IMPORTANT when training with shock collars. We stress the importance of timing and awareness because if used improperly the shock collar can actually make a dog’s behavior worse. When a dog is misbehaving or being disobedient, it is up to the trainer to send an electric shock into the dog’s neck to discourage him from engaging in that undesirable behavior.

With proper usage of this training device you can be successful with e-collar training but remember, just because you have a great tool to assist you with a job, without proper training that tool is useless. 

Are shock collars safe?

Shock collars have been a hot topic in today’s society regarding whether or not they are safe to use and the answer is yes, they will not cause physical harm to your dog when used properly. Let us stress used properly, as improper usage of an e-collar can not only cause setbacks in your training but also damage to your dog's well being. Below is a table that compares common electrical output devices with electronic dog training devices. 

Shock Collars Emitting Shock Comparison Chart


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As you can see a dog training collar emits the lowest amount of static impulses compared to other forms of electronic training devices. Now it is also important to know that shock collars have adjustable levels of shock stimulation. So based on the level of shock stimulation you have the level of discomfort that will actually increase as the correction level increases due to the number of pulses increasing per second. The reason for having different levels of stimulation is to find the minimal level that will stop the unwanted behavior without overstimulating your dog and is also the level to get the best possible training experience. This level when found is called the “working level.” Don’t forget most shock collars have a vibration feature for dog’s that are sensitive to the shock emitted from your dog training collar. If you’re finding that your dog responds well to the vibration and you have no need for static shock stimulation, think about purchasing a vibration collar.

Our advice and recommendation 

E-collars training can either be very successful or a complete unsuccessful disaster, a lot of it boils down to a few key things. Learn how to properly use your e-collar either by self-educating yourself with books or watching videos online. Another way to learn proper dog training collar usage is to take your dog to a professional trainer who specializes in using electric collars. Without proper technique from the e-collar user, the dog will not have a positive learning experience. Start educating yourself by clicking on how to train a dog with a shock collar

Another consideration that must be taken into account is your dog not responding to other methods of training? If so, maybe an e-collar is right for your dog. Dogs are like children, there’s no one right way to discipline them as every dog is different and unique, so don't be afraid to attempt a little trial and error to find the perfect training method for YOUR situation. 

Now how do you know if shock collars are the right option for you? If it seems you have a very stubborn dog that you cannot get to listen to you or obey any of your commands using these other training options, then we would recommend aversive training (shock stimulation), and if that doesn’t seem to correct your dogs unwanted behavior's then maybe a professional trainer coupled with an e-collar is the right option for you.

Thanks for your time and hopefully this blog post helped make you an informed decision on whether to purchase a dog training collar system. 

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