Shock Collar Help - Pinpointing The Correct Stimulation Level For Your Dog



You've just received a brand new e-collar, you've been through the instruction manual and fitted the collar around your dog's neck. What's next? Well, glad you asked. The next step, and frankly, the most crucial is ensuring your shock collar is on a stimulation level that grabs your dog's attention, without being harmful. The main question people have is, how do I go about finding that sweet spot? Luckily, I have a few tips on how to do exactly that, while being safe for both you and your dog.

Remember! When we're using the term, stimulation level, this applies to both vibration and static shock. This blog will cover how to test vibration stimulation when the time comes to discuss testing your training system on your dog. I

First off, every dog training collar is different when it comes to stimulation levels. There are exceptions with e-collars under the same brand, as they may utilize similar components but the majority of the time; you want to approach the shock collar as an unknown entity. 

For example, here at IPets, three of our shock collars are identical when it comes to the strength of the stimulation. Those three are the Petrainer PET998DR, PET998DB and PET916. I'd still go through the same process below with these e-collars, even though I'm familiar how each operates. Not to mention, you might be using a shock collar which you have experience with, but have a new dog who's never been trained or introduced to such a device. To be on the safe side, always take these necessary steps written below. 

Test the Collar on Yourself

This is controversial, but if done correctly like with your dog, it's completely safe. The easiest and safest route to testing the collar's shock stimulation on yourself, is by simply placing your hand, arm or finger across BOTH contact points. The reason for stressing both contact points is because without simultaneously touching both contact points, you won't complete the connection, and no shock will be felt. Once you have some body part across both contact points, start at the lowest shock stimulation level possible. Most likely, at the lowest stimulation level, you won't feel any stimulation but depending on the collar, you very well could. Pay attention to when you begin feeling stimulation, when it's very noticeable and when it's unbearable. This practice can help you determine a starting point for your dog, but it's mainly for you to feel what you're subjecting your dog to. I wouldn't recommend starting on a point from this test, as the level your dog can handle might be wildly different, due to his temperament, skin, and fur thickness. 

If you dislike the idea of placing the collar against yourself, or are uneasy about testing the dog training collar on yourself and have a IPets or Petrainer product, then no worries, all of product's packaging come included with a test light. Take the test light out of the packaging. You'll notice a metal wire running across the bottom of the test light, place the metal wire against the metal screws on your collar receiver. Once the screws are against the wire, press the activation button to send the static shock to collar receiver, the test light will glow orange, and depending on your level, glow dimly or brightly. Here's a photo to better illustrate how to place the test light:


Test the Collar on your Dog

Before rushing in headfirst and instantly delivering stimulation to your dog in search of that perfect level, allow him to wear the collar, so he adjusts to the system. No need for stimulation, let him walk around and continue his day-to-day activity. 

After that, it's time to find that lowest possible stimulation level that's going to produce a reaction out of your dog. Ensure your dog isn't fixated on you but close enough, so you can clearly monitor his movements and reactions. Remember to have set the lowest stimulation level possible and then press the button to send the signal. Does your dog react? If not, increase the stimulation level by one increment and press the activation button. Continue this process until your dog reacts. You might be asking, what am I looking for? First, I'll tell you what you're not looking for, which is yelping or pain. What you're looking for is a turn or lowering of the dog's head or an ear twitch, something subtle. Once you've recognized this reaction, this will be the starting stimulation level for your dog and the only level you should be using for your dog in most common situations. 

Small Dog or Using Vibration Only

With smaller breeds of dogs there might not be a need for shock stimulation and the vibration feature might appropriately curb any misbehavior the dog exhibits. Again, test the same way as you would with shock stimulation, set the stimulation level to the lowest possible number on the shock collar and gradually increase the amount until you're receiving a reaction from your dog. 

Always remember, start low until the "sweet spot" is found. That's your training level and the one you should rely on most often. 


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