While training a pet is never an easy task, having a remote controlled shock collar can back up your commands and training with a physical response, thus speeding up the training process and providing consistent training. Having a remote rather than an automated barking collar means you are in control and can use the collar to modify any kind of behavior, with most users looking to improve their dogs safety, shocking them when they leave their yard or chase people. At only $67.98, the Petsafe Dog Training Collar is better value than cheaper options due to a massive sixteen adjustable levels of static stimulation – low level 1-8, and then high level 1-8. There is also a beeping tone that can be operated independently to the static discharge for training purposes as well, as many people would choose to shock their dogs as little as possible. You can also relax with this product knowing you have reliable support via call, chat or email with Petsafe, six days a week. Petsafe’s customer care is based in the US, and as one of the top one hundred sellers of pet supplies on Amazon, they are easy to find and contact, whether online or over the phone. Even if you’re not sure this product is for you, member of the customer care team will happily talk through your options and help you make a decision that is appropriate for you and your dog.
The remote has a one hundred yard range and so is recommended for indoors or small outdoor spaces, however would also be completely in range for people who walk their dog on a shorter leash. The collar is waterproof and is submersible for up to five feet of water, so will not be damaged in any way by being used outdoors or let on dogs who love puddles or mud, or are maybe sloppy drinkers. There is a boost button as well as a tone button, which increases the level of shock by two in case you need your dog to stop now’ or know that you seriously mean business about something. This is designed for all dogs over 8 pounds, and for neck sizes u to 28 inches, however some owners of small dogs have reported that the collar was far too big for them, and they had to use DIY measures to shorten the strap.
The hardware itself is very simple. You use the collar to train your dog out of whatever behaviors you don’t like, with none of the risks that come with non-remote shock collars. While there are often reports of those collars being triggered by random movements or sounds, you ae entirely in control. By simply choosing to push a button, whether tone, static, or boost, depending on the nature of your dogs behaviour, you remain in control of your dog’s training. Also, the non-remote collars can only be used to prevent barking, where you can choose to send a warning tone or static to your pet pooch for any number of things, whether it’s for digging, pulling, jumping, chewing or toilet training. This collar is much more multi-functional. When you purchase the collar you will receive the receiver collar, a digital remote transmitter with a wrist strap, a test light tool to ensure the product is working correctly, an operating and training guide – which is much easier to receive in print than to download E-manuals – and four RFA -35-11 batteries.
Reviews for this product come not only from dog owners but also professionals who work with animals who would recommend it as a training tool. Many dog owners also rave about the product in that after one or two goes of static, the beep is all that is required to curb their dogs behavior, and they seem to learn really quickly. While not recommended, there are owners who tested the shock on their own skin to confirm they wouldn’t be hurting their dog, and they unanimously believed that it was more a distraction than pain, and had no doubts that it was both a humane and effective training method. If anything, owners of larger dogs with thicker coats stated that they did not feel the static was strong enough, as their dogs barely seemed to notice. As this is for any dogs from 8 pounds up, if your dog really is massive, it may require a collar specifically for large dogs.
While the overall reviews of this collar are positive, owners should be aware of a couple of points before purchasing. First is that the contacts which discharge the static are fairly short, and so if your dog is extra fluffy, they may not feel the effect of the static very well. There are really varied reviews of the product, but it really comes down to the common sense of the owner – if you feel your dog is big enough, or has too thick a coat, to benefit from a training collar targeted as small dogs upwards, then chances are you will need a specific collar. For medium/large dogs this does seem to work very well.
While many owners have commented that they only had to use the collar briefly, and then intermittently as a reminder, a buyer should be advised not too expect the batteries included to last more than two weeks. While the collar can be turned off when necessary to save power, buying spares in advance is recommended to save having pauses in the dog’s training schedule. However, buying these batteries does add on to the cost of using the collar overall.
There are one or two reports of wiring becoming disconnected and the sound no longer working, or the device being too sensitive and turning on and off with the dog’s movement, however the remote is separate, so even if the device switches on, your dog won’t be punished randomly. Overall, for small to medium/large dogs, this is a sound option for a training collar. See our full list of great bark collars for small dogs here.