Choosing the right electronic dog collar
Picking the right electronic dog collar for training your dog isn’t an easy process. The market is flooded with models new and old with more bells and whistles than most hunting dog owners know what to do with. Popular models include:
- The Tri-Tronics G3 and G2EXP series let you add additional receivers.
- Innotek’s FIELDPRO trainers use a patented fade-free technology to maximize signal strength.
- The SportDOG ProHunter 2500 is waterproof to a depth of 25 feet.
- The DT Systems H20 1800 and SPT 2400 series have features that allow you to “jump” and “rise” from one pre-set stimulation to another at the press of a button.
- Dogtra 2500 and 2502 T and B models have the receiver and beeper in one unit.
What do you need?
Depending on your goals, needs, and training style – and on your dog’s personality and level of training – you may find that an electronic dog collar that works for your neighbor might not be the right choice for you. Where should you begin?
The fundamental five
Use the five fundamentals listed below to pick the e-collar that is right for you and for your hunting dog.
Focus on education
E-collars are not shortcuts to good training – they should be used as reminders and correction after your dog has been familiarized with basic commands. Look for models that:
- Come with detailed instruction manuals or training videos.
- Have packaging and features that emphasize training – not punishing.
Get An Electronic Dog Collar You Can Count On
A collar that only works in ideal conditions or only for a short time won’t do you or your dog any good. Look for models that:
- Have a good reputation for sturdy construction and consistency.
- Are water resistant or water proof – particularly if your dog will be hunting and training near ponds or lakes or in inclement weather.
Keep it simple
Choose user-friendly collars – you don’t want to spend time dedicated to training your dog on training yourself to use an overly complicated electronic collar. Pick out a collar that:
- Can be operated sight-free. You don’t want to have to look at the transmitter each time your dog needs a correction – the teaching moment may be gone before you figure out what to press.
- Has a transmitter that fits easily in your pocket or can be comfortably clipped to your belt.
Know your options
Some dogs respond better to momentary stimulation, while others require longer, constant stimulation to correct behaviors. Choose models that have both options. Purchase an e-collar that:
- Has both nick and constant options.
- Allows you to switch easily between the two.
A variety of stimulation levels is key
Doling out the same level of punishment for something as simple as misunderstanding a training command as for a more severe offense like chasing down a bird, doesn’t make sense to your dog. Look for electronic dog collars that:
- Allow you to use a variety of levels of shock for a range of durations.
- Have a cut-off feature that prevents causing actual harm to your dog through over-stimulation during training.