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4 Types of Dog Training Collars and How They Work

Training your dog requires diligence, patience, lots of praise, and strong boundaries. Sometimes though, dogs need a little extra reminder to stay focused on their owner and not on fixations that could potentially cause them harm. Training collars for dogs are one way that owners can help reinforce their methods, particularly when other types of training have been unsuccessful.

4 Types of Training Collars

There are several different types of training collars for dogs. All use a collar with a receiver that is placed on your dog and a remote transmitter that you control.

Different types of collars use different types of stimulation to get your dog's attention. The four most common types of dog training collars include:

  1. Spray: These collars use a citronella or lemon scent that is not pleasant to the dog. They are good for dogs who are sensitive or don't like water.

  1. Vibration: These collars use a varying pattern of vibrations. They are good for deaf or sensitive dogs.

  1. Ultrasound: These collars use a high-pitched sound only heard by dogs. They are good for sensitive dogs with good hearing

  1. Static: Static collars use electric stimulation. These collars do not "shock" your dog but use a light tingling sensation that startles or surprises them. These collars are good for all types of dogs.

Almost all dog training collars have a warning tone that you can use before you actually send stimulation. These tones are often effective on their own as your dog progresses in its training.

Note: training collars can be a good option for strong-headed dogs, but if you have a dog that shows signs of aggression, you should contact a certified trainer for assistance.

Uses of a Dog Training Collar

Your training collar can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Teaching your dog basic commands such as sit, come, and leave it.

  • Teaching your dog to follow your lead during walks without a leash.

  • Unwanted behavior correction such as jumping, digging, getting into the trash, or chasing.

A training collar may also be used to correct some mild unwanted barking behaviors, but a collar should not be used to try to teach dogs with serious barking problems. Instead, you should consider purchasing a specific barking collar.

General Safety Guidelines

There are some basic safety guidelines to follow if you choose to use a training collar:

  • Wait until your dog is at least six months old before using a training collar.

  • Make sure that the collar isn't too tight. Follow the manufacturer's directions for a proper fit. Usually you should be able fit one finger between the collar and your dog's neck.

  • Never leave your dog unattended with a training collar on.

  • Take the collar off when not in use.

Basics of Training Collar Use

  1. Teach that tone equals praise. Before you use stimulation on your dog, first get him use to the tone sound. As time goes by, you may be able to correct many behaviors just by using the warning tone. Push the tone button and then praise your dog excessively. You can also use treats. Continue this training until the dog expects praise for the tone sound.

  1. Know what your dog's level of stimulation is. Start on your collars lowest stimulation level in the beginning. You will know your dog's stimulation level when she begins to look around curiously or scratches at the collar. When teaching commands such as "sit", use this basic stimulation level, holding the button until your dog sits down. Then release and praise your dog.

  1. Use one step above the basic stimulation level for behavior correction. If your dog is partaking in an unwanted behavior, such as jumping on a visitor, hold the stimulation button at one above the basic level until the dog retreats, then praise.

  1. Use consistently. Just like your training without the collar, you should have a system in place for when you will use the electric collar.

Don't substitute a dog training collar for actual hands-on training. Collars are a tool to help reinforce your training methods - they aren't a way to train your dog in on their own. Using a training collar appropriately with a solid, reinforced training method though can help break naughty and potentially life-threatening behaviors.

Pet Super Store offers a wide range of quality dog training collars. Don't hesitate to call us toll-free if you have questions on which collar might be best for your dog.