Which is the Right Remote Dog Training Collar for You???

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:17 May 2011 

Remote Dog Training collars are very effective tools when used appropriately to train your dog. Choosing the right remote trainer may save you dollars in the long run. Choosing the right remote trainer for your situation is important.

Dog Training Collar: Which Ones For Me?


Of all the products we sell on the Bark Control website, electric remote dog training collars are the most common for customers to purchase and then realise they have an item that cannot do what they want it to do. Why? I believe there are several factors that many people may overlook or not take into consideration for their own needs. There is a lot more to it than putting on the reote training collar and pressing the button!


So before you buy your electric collar, or E collar (as their called in the trade) please take some of the following points into consideration. Remember what you will need as a sheep farmer, pig hunter or a schutzhund competitor may be worlds apart from what the pet owner with the dog digging holes may require. Always consider these important factors:


RangeProbably the most neglected consideration. There is no point having a dog training collar that has a range of 100metres if your dog is operating from 150 metres away. You may as well try throwing the remote at the dog. It will be of as much use! A simple rule of thumb is to work out what your longest range may be and double it. That way you know you will always have control of your dog even if he is running towards that busy road chasing a cat. Conversely if your dog is 20 metres from the house pulling washing off the line you do not need one of the training collars that range out to 1.5km!


Stimulation Levels:  Having a remote dog collar that has multiple stimulation levels enables you to best find the appropriate training level for your dog that best allows him to learn the behaviour you are trying to teach or discourage. Quality remote training collars will have a variety of levels to best suit your dogs requirement. Many also have a momentary or nick correction button which gives a very short split second correction. This effectively doubles the amount of correction levels available. I have seen on occasions in the past where cheap collars, which unfortunately flood the market from time to time, that have very unpredictable and inconsistent levels give too strong a correction. This can undo your training quicker than anything. If you see any electric collar device selling for way cheaper than reputable brands, be very cautious, particularly on online bidding sites and overseas websites. Some collars advertise having over a hundred levels of correction, in reality 8 to 10 with a nick or brief stim button is more than adequate.


Durability:  If you are a bit rough with your gear or know that collars and transmitters might get banged around a bit because of the work you are doing I would probably advise going for a Dogtra, SportDog or DT System remote trainer. Definitely avoid LCD screens if you throw your transmitter about a bit.  This should not be a worry for pet owners unless you are particularly rough with your gear!


Multiple Collar Operation:  Many quality remote dog trainers have the capability to run multiple collars from the one remote control. If you have one dog currently but are considering a second always consider one that will allow you to add a collar down the track. You do not want two dogs and two remotes!! The male brain cannot do two things at once (or so I am told). Seriously, you will stuff it up and correct the wrong dog. Personally I have never juggled more than two dogs on one remote and that was tricky at first. Three would be more difficult. Some electric training collars advertise up to 5 dogs, which I think is way too many without making mistakes and compromising timing. 


Waterproof Equipment:  If you have a dog that gets into water or hunt in wet conditions or you work your dogs rain, hail or shine, get yourself a waterproof collar at the least.  Better systems will offer waterproof remotes as well. So if you know you area big chance of dropping your remote into puddles or creeks along the way, make sure you go for a waterproof remote transmitter as well. Even pet owners who know their dog submerges it's head underwater when drinking or may dive in the pool at any time should look at a fully waterproof collar.


Rechargeable Vs Batteries:  This is not as important as some of the other considerations in my opinion. It can be a personal thing really. Many like rechargeable, other do not care. Top line dog training collars will recharge both the collar and remote. In saying that many good quality collars have battery operated transmitter. DT systems collars offer car recharging capabilities too! This can come in real handy on camping or shooting trips with no power around.


now this is not a conclusive list of things to consider when buying your remote training collar, but I think they are the ones that make the difference between a right and wrong choice. Some might think tone and vibration buttons are important  factors to. So be it. Some might also like other special feature like the Big Leash which lets you know how far away your dog is by talking to the transmitter. That's fine too, this feature may be hugely beneficial to some dog owners.


Remember if you are a pet owner and like the look or features of a more expensive training collar, buy it. You will more than likely be buying a better product that will last longer and give you more scope if you want to do more advanced things with your dog in the future. Most importantly do not buy somthing to save a few bucks that cannot do what you want. It will cost you more in the end or become an expensive paper weight!!