Training your dog is part of being a responsible pet parent, as letting your pup' run wild' is bad for him and bad for those around him. Doing so successfully can often seem like a losing battle though, especially if your pup is young and baostrerious, or, as some dogs are, just plain stubborn. This is where the right dog training collars can be very helpful.
Thanks to technology - and a decrease in the amount they cost to produce - great dog training collars are more widely available - and affordable - than ever become. But as you begin to research them you will also realise that there a number of dog training collar options to choose from, so finding the right one for you, your pup and the behaviors you want to to help your dog develop (or avoid) can seem like a rather daunting prospect. It does not have to be though, which is why we are offering these basic buying tips to help get you started.
What are Dog Training Collars?
As we mentioned, there are now several different basic types of dog training collar available to choose from but they do all have one thing in common. Something - a low level electric 'shock', a vibration or even a special sound - is emitted from the collar to help reinforce positive behaviors and help the pup understand which behaviors are not acceptable. These actions are triggered by a remote control that is held and operated by the pet parent.
What Behaviors Can Dog Training Collars Teach or Prevent?
A dog training collar can be put to a number of different purposes, but not all collars will be suited to them all. Here then is a brief look at some of the most popular uses and collar types.
All dogs bark. Some dogs bark a lot, which can lead to trouble. While you may be able to withstand the noise the chances are that your neighbors won't, and in some areas a dog that barks too much can actually be construed as a noise pollution offence.
Bark training collars operate in a very simple way. Every time the pup barks when wearing the collar they are corrected in a safe, gentle way, either via a small shock, a vibration or a high pitched sound. These dog shock collars actually call for no input from the pet parent, but should only be worn for limited amounts of time every day, as they are a training tool, not a form of punishment.
Having their pup escape the confines of their yard is something every pet parent dreads, even when that yard seems nicely fenced in. A yard training collar can be used to teach a pup just where his boundaries end, again by allowing a pet parent, via a remote, to issue a correction if they stray too far.
That your pup is well behaved on the leash when out walking is a must, both their comfort and safety and that of any humans or dogs they encounter while out and about. A dog training collar can be very helpful in promoting good behaviours and discouraging bad ones that will lead to a pup that is a pleasure to walk rather than a chore.
Are Dog Training Collars Safe?
Some pet parents do worry that dog training collars are not safe, or that making use of one is cruel. Today's dog training collars however are designed to be perfectly safe and if you are a pet parent that would prefer not to use an electronic shock dog collar there are a number of alternatives available.
As safe as they are, all dog training collars, no matter what they do, have to be used properly to be effective and kind. No dog training collar should be worn constantly by your pup, or for very long periods of time and they should only be used as a learning and training tool, never as a form of punishment. And as many dogs learn very quickly once they have mastered what you would like them to, often the dog training collar need only be used occasionally, as a reinforcing reminder.
Before buying a dog training collar you may want to consult your vet about certain habits your dog may be displaying first. Some behaviors may have an underlying cause that should be addressed first, such as separation anxiety. You should also ensure that any dog training collar you buy is properly sized, so that it does not put too much train on their neck when they wear it.
Now that you know a little more about dog training collars you will be better equipped to choose the right one. We invite you to shop our collection, which is an extensive one, to find the right, safe and effective dog training collar that meets your pups needs, your training goals and that fits your budget.