The Best 10 Dog Shock Collars 2018

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Do you have problems with your dog barking continuously or your four-legged friend loves jumping on people and pushing them over? With the appropriate dog shock collar, which is used properly as a training tool, you can quickly restore the silence at home and the wellbeing of your family members, guests, and home.

Even though there is quite a bit of controversy around the use of shock collars, we have spoken to a number of dog trainers and vets to find the safest and best ones available on the market for 2018.

SportDOG Brand FieldTrainer 425 Remote Trainer - 500 Yard Range - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collar with Tone, Vibration, and Shock
Garmin Pro Trashbreaker Dog Training System
POP VIEW Bark Collar Version Humanely Stops Barking Sound Vibration. NO Shock, Harmless Humane. Small Dog Bark Collar, Medium Dog Bark Collar
SportDOG Brand FieldTrainer 425 Remote Trainer - 500 Yard Range - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collar with Tone, Vibration, and Shock
Garmin Pro Trashbreaker Dog Training System
POP VIEW Bark Collar Version Humanely Stops Barking Sound Vibration. NO Shock, Harmless Humane. Small Dog Bark Collar, Medium Dog Bark Collar
$169.95
$399.99
$29.99
SportDOG Brand FieldTrainer 425 Remote Trainer - 500 Yard Range - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collar with Tone, Vibration, and Shock
SportDOG Brand FieldTrainer 425 Remote Trainer - 500 Yard Range - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collar with Tone, Vibration, and Shock
$169.95
Garmin Pro Trashbreaker Dog Training System
Garmin Pro Trashbreaker Dog Training System
$399.99
POP VIEW Bark Collar Version Humanely Stops Barking Sound Vibration. NO Shock, Harmless Humane. Small Dog Bark Collar, Medium Dog Bark Collar
POP VIEW Bark Collar Version Humanely Stops Barking Sound Vibration. NO Shock, Harmless Humane. Small Dog Bark Collar, Medium Dog Bark Collar
$29.99

Along with our top pick – the SportDog 425, we have chosen another 9 e-collars which can help make your life with your dog much easier and pleasurable. There are some which are specialized for training working dogs or for hunting, while others are specifically designed to prevent unwanted barking or to train home pets.

Read on to learn more about the shock collars which we recommend, as well as some useful tips on choosing the best one for your needs, and how to properly use a dog training collar.

Best overall

SportDOG Brand 425 Remote Trainer

Our overall favorite e-collar for 2018 is the SportDog SD 425. It is light and comfortable and equipped with completely waterproof Drytek material for the collar as well as the receiver, which means that your dog will be safe and the collar will continue working even after a swim. It is actually submergible up to 25 ft.

This collar is a perfect tool for obedience training, for companion dogs as well as for close-range hunting dogs.

It comes in two different variants – one features lower stimulation levels which is suitable for smaller and gentler pups, as well as a model with higher stimulation options for stubborn dogs.

This collar by SportDog is highly customizable, so you can easily adjust it in accordance with your dog’s needs.

The transmitter weighs only 1.6 oz. and is 1 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches in size, so you can put it in your pocket or hang it via the included lanyard, so both your hands will be free.

The collar has a 28 x ¾ inch strap which is suitable for dogs with a neck size of up to 23 inches. The collar has a built-in antenna, so you won’t have to worry about the dog getting stuck when entering dense terrains.

This clever e-collar offers a wide choice of stimulation modes, which you can customize in accordance with your training needs. You can choose between momentary or continuous, or between tone and vibration mode via the push of a button or a rotation of the dial on the transmitter.

The collar offers 7 levels of momentary stimulation and 7 different levels of continuous stimulation which you can change with a flick of the thumb dial, so you can change the intensity depending on the specific circumstances.

You can also toggle the stimulation level directly from the receiver on the collar itself, which is great if you are dealing with more than one dog at the same time.

You can use one remote for training or hunting with up to 3 dogs by buying the brand’s Add-A-Dog collars and pair them with your remote.

The range of the system is about 500 yards, so it is perfect for close-range hunting and obedience training.

The SportDog 425 operates on rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries which are placed both in the collar and in the transmitter. The collar comes with a quick charge system as well as with a dual lead charger, and your system will work for up to 40-60 hours per charge.

The remote is very ergonomic and will allow you to have complete control over the dog or dogs with a touch of your fingers, without having to look at the transmitter itself. If you are using it for more than one dog, you can easily assign separate buttons for each of the dogs.

The fact that this system is expandable to up to 3 dogs, and that you can program it to have separate buttons for each dog is one of the best features of this high-quality dog shock collar.

Also, its quick charge function and the small and ergonomic design of the transmitter will make your experience much easier and hassle-free.

Overall, this is an efficient and versatile e-collar, which we strongly recommend for those of you who want the best for your dog – no matter whether you are dealing with a sensitive companion dog or with a hunting dog or a stubborn one.

It is durable, completely waterproof and safe, and will withstand all of your training and hunting adventures.

You will receive a comprehensive user’s manual and training DVD, as well as access to a friendly customer care center available 6 days a week with the SportDog 425.

Best runner-up

Garmin Pro Trashbreaker

The runner-up in our top 10 list of best dog shock collars for 2018 is the Pro Trashbreaker by Garmin.  This is a high-end training system which allows for control of up to 9 dogs via one handheld remote. It has a very long range of up to 4 miles which makes it an excellent option for hunting and for training multiple dogs in large areas.

The Pro Trashbreaker offers static or tone stimulation, with 6 different levels of intensity which you can easily tweak and adjust via the intuitive dial and buttons.

The collar also has integrated LED lights which you can turn on via the remote, and which will allow you to see the dog within 100 yards in the dark.

The Garmin Pro Trashbreaker e-collar also has an integrated BarkLimiter technology and so it can be used as an anti-bark collar if needed. It automatically rises and adjusts the stimulation in order to limit unwanted barking.

It has removable short and long contact points, which makes it customizable and suitable for both short-haired and long-haired canines.

Thanks to the color coding options of the remote, you can easily pair each collar to a collar, and know which dog you are controlling at every given moment.

It is IPX7 water rated and can be submerged in up to 10 meters of water safely, so you don’t have to fret about the dog jumping in the water or running in heavy rain or snow. The remote is also waterproof and will float on the surface in case you happen to drop it in water.

The lithium ion batteries in the collar and the remote are long lasting and will last for 40 hours for the collar and up to 60 hours for the remote control.

The collar is suitable for all kinds of dogs – from small sized to large dogs.

Although it doesn’t have a vibration mode and no momentary static stimulation, we strongly recommend it for those of you who want an e-collar for wide range hunting dogs and specifically for those who want to train the dogs not to chase the wrong game. It is also very useful for dog trainers who work with more dogs at the same time and who are looking for quick results.

Both the ¾ inch collar and the remote transmitter are rugged and will ensure a lot of wear and tear, so you will be able to use the system for multiple dogs and for training generation after generation of pups and older dogs.

Best budget choice

POP VIEW Bark Collar

We picked the POP View bark collar for those of you who aren’t willing to spend more than 30-40 dollars on a bark collar. This e-collar is a humane and harmless training collar which is suitable for small and medium sized dogs.

If your dog tends to bark too much, you can safely and painlessly teach it to stop barking thanks to this reasonably priced e-collar.

This bark collar doesn’t have shock simulation, but rather relies on sound and vibration to warn your dog when it needs to stop barking or stop engaging in destructive or other unwanted behavior.

You can adjust the anti-barking stimulation through the 7 sound and vibration levels available on the collar itself.

You can also adjust the sensitivity of the collar to the barking levels at which it will activate itself, which makes it perfect for all kinds of dogs – even the more sensitive ones.

The Pop View bark collar will fit canines with a neck size from 7 to 21 inches, and a weight of 11 to 120 lbs. and has a reflective strap to keep the dog visible when walking at night on the street.

The collar comes with two 6 Volt batteries, as well as short and long screw caps for the vibration electrodes, and an instruction manual.

This is a simple anti-barking collar which is suitable for dogs which don’t have serious obedience issues, and can help you teach your dog to abstain from unwanted barking as well as from doing things such as jumping on people, or eating things from the ground. It is also perfect for those of you who don’t feel comfortable with using shock stimulation on their four legged friends.

Not only is this humane bark collar very affordable, but you will also receive a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee by the manufacturer as well.

Here are our other top picks for 2018

Educator E-Collar

The Educator e-collar is one of the best quality pain-free and humane e-collars currently being offered on the market, and is a fantastic option for those of you who don’t want to spend money for professional trainers for your dog, and those who don’t feel comfortable using forceful and painful shock stimulation for obedience training.

Features:

  • The collar is available in different versions – for 1 or 2 dogs, and for a range of ½, 1 and ¾ miles
  • It is also offered in different color options, including Zen, black, orange, camo, and yellow
  • The system is designed by experienced dog trainers with the best interest of both the dog and the owner in mind
  • It doesn’t provide sharp shock stimulation like other shock collars
  • The collar works via blunt low-level stimulation which is painless and yet efficient even for training stubborn dogs
  • The training stimulation provided mimics the touch or tapping on the neck with mother dogs apply to their pups and doesn’t cause pain or mental distress to the animal
  • The static stimulation can be adjusted from a level 1 to 100, and you can also adjust the added boost stimulus from 1 to 60
  • The collar and remote are both shock resistant
  • The remote control is ergonomically designed
  • Features the innovative Pavlovian tone which emits a sound signal prior to the release of the stimulation, which helps the dog learn to respond to the tone without the tapping stimulus
  • The color has a bright tracking light to keep an eye on your dog even when it is dark
  • Both the transmitter and the receiver are waterproof
  • The transmitter will float in case it is accidentally dropped into water
  • The controller is very straightforward and easy to use, which is perfect for newbies in e-collar use
  • Powered by lithium ion batteries which can last for two hours of continuous use
  • The receiver weighs only 2.4 oz. and is 2 x 1.5 x 1 inches in size
  • The collar is suitable for all dogs weighing 5 lbs. or more and comes with 2 sets of different sized contact points – great for customizing the collar for the specific dog and dog hair type
  • The transmitter has a stopwatch design and is only 2.64 x 1.29 inches, which makes it perfect for discreet use or for people with small hands
  • The e-collar is made in the USA and is sold with a 2 year full warranty and a lifetime limited warranty which makes it a tremendously wise long-term investment

PetTech PT0Z1 Premium Dog Training Shock Collar

If you have a problematic and stubborn dog which doesn’t respond to positive reinforcement training, the PetTech PT0Z1 can help you deal with the unwanted behavior very quickly and efficiently. It does have a static shock option which should be used as a last resort, but it also has the nifty sound and vibration warnings which will help teach the dog to stop and obey pretty soon.

Features:

  • Sold at a reasonable price with a lifetime warranty
  • Can be a useful training tool for both professional dog trainers as well as for first time users and dog owners
  • Can be used on all kinds of dogs from 10 to 100 lbs.
  • Suitable for dealing with unwanted barking, aggression and behavioral problems, but is also nifty for teaching a dog to walk on a leash and respond to your commands
  • The large LCD remote is easy to use and see even at night
  • The collar can provide sound, vibration and static shock stimulation all of which can be customized from 1-100 levels and via the 4 available modes (beep, vibration, light and shock)
  • The system works with quick charging and long-lasting lithium ion batteries, and also has an auto power protect mode to save batteries
  • The collar is waterproof
  • The range is up to 1,000 ft.
  • It has a light, which makes the dog visible in the dark
  • The beep mode is suitable for leash training and walking
  • The vibration is efficient for disobedience and barking and it can be customized from 1 to 100
  • The shock mode is also adjustable from 1 to 100, but it should be used for emergency situations only
  • The system is sold with detailed safety and user instructions
  • It is safe for the dog if used correctly and according to the instructions

Nemobub Dog Shock Collar

If you don’t want to splurge out on a high end training collar, and yet want a safe and efficient one, we suggest that you consider buying the Nemobub e-collar. It is feature-packed, easy to use and sold at an affordable price.

Features:

  • It is available for all dog sizes, as well as for dogs weighing from 10 to 100lbs.
  • The collar has a comfortable to handle and grasp silicone gel surface
  • Excellent for correcting unwanted barking, command response training and for dealing with behavioral problems
  • Has a range of up to 330 yards
  • It has a beep, vibration and static shock mode training – the latter two can be adjusted at levels from 1 to 100
  • The collar is IP67 waterproof
  • It has LED lights
  • The collar has two types of silicone nut covers for the contact points for additional safety and comfort for your pet
  • An auto power protect option will save battery life
  • The strap can be adjusted to fit dogs with neck sizes from 7 to 26 inches
  • There is a battery power indicator on the remote
  • There are two pairing channels available to connect the devices
  • The batteries can be charged for 3-4 hours and will last about 10 days
  • Not recommended for aggressive pets
  • Affordable price and excellent customer care service by the manufacturer

PESTON Dog Training Collar

If you want a good quality shock collar which you can use on any kind of dog, or on more than one dog, you may want to go for the Peston dog training collar. It has a range of 2,000ft. and offers a variety of adjustable training modes suitable for any pup.

Features:

  • Suitable both for experienced and inexperienced dog owners
  • The collar is made of durable TPU and can fit dogs from 10-100 lbs., and with neck sizes from 8 to 25 inches
  • Helps correct barking, leash training, sitting as well as for behavioral obedience
  • A remote range of 2,000 ft. great for use in large areas, parks and when hunting
  • The remote control works through walls, so you can control barking even when you are not in the same room as the dog
  • Three adjustable training modes (sound, vibration and static stimulation) from 1 to 100
  • The Smart Shock protection function will help prevent accidentally using the shock instead of the vibration mode
  • IP67 100% water resistant, the collar can be submerged in water so your pup can enjoy a swim with it safely
  • Powered by durable rechargeable lithium ion batteries which can be quick charged for 2 hours
  • An auto shut off function will help prolong the life of the batteries
  • The transmitter and receiver can be charged simultaneously with the dual charger provided
  • Sold with a 1 year replacement or refund guarantee

Best Industries TBI Pro Bark Collar

If you are receiving complaints from your neighbors about your dog’s incessant barking, it may be time to buy an efficient bark collar. The TBI Pro by Best industries is an affordable and top quality pick.

Features:

  • The smart sensitivity chip in the collar will activate the sensor only when the dog barks, and not by surrounding sounds or movement
  • The automatic mode will allow you to train the dog to stop barking without you having to activate the anti-barking mode by letting out a warning tone, and then administering a low level shock, if the barking continues, the warning will continue and the level of the shock will increase
  • It has beep and vibration, as well as beep, vibration and shock training modes
  • The collar strap can easily be customized and will fit dogs from 6 to 120 lbs.
  • It comes with different sized electrodes to use for different types of dogs – long or short haired
  • IPX5 waterproof collar
  • The digital display on the remote will show the sensitivity and level of vibration and shock, and allows you to adjust them accordingly in real time from level 1 to 9
  • The collar has LED lights to make your dog visible even in the dark
  • Sold with a 30-day satisfaction money-back guarantee

Made4Pet Dog Bark Collar

Are you shopping for a shock collar which will not hurt your pup but will help control barking and other unwanted behavioral problems? Try the Made4Pet bark collar – it is one of our top favorite collars for 2018.

Features:

  • The collar has built in soft silicone which protects the dog and keeps it comfortable
  • It delivers feedback rather than pain
  • The BarkTrap feature is much more precise when identifying if your dog is barking
  • It has a 90 second protection mode for the dog in case of continuous barking
  • The collar can fit dogs with neck sizes from 5 to 22 inches (but with an optional kit you can use the system for dogs with necks up to 44 inches)
  • Comes with two automatic anti-bark programs – one with shock and the other without it
  • Has 3 optional prong sizes, so the collar will work for dogs with all hair types
  • The remote is made of durable shockproof ABS plastic, and has a soft touch cover
  • It is IPX7 waterproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes
  • A very easy to use remote control with a large LCD and a single button
  • Sold with a 1-year warranty

Awaiymi Dog Training Collar

Do you want to control your dog’s barking even when you are inside and the dog is in the yard? With the Awaiymi dog training collar which has a through wall remote control, this is possible and actually very easy.

Features:

  • It has three efficient and yet safe training modes – sound, vibration and shock
  • The shock and vibration levels can be fine-tuned from the lowest level 1 up to 100
  • Helps with barking, house training, responding to commands and obedience training
  • The Smart shock level alert will warn you if you accidently switch from vibration to shock mode
  • Has a 2,000 ft. range, and the remote works through walls
  • The lithium ion batteries last for up to 25 days, and take only 3-4 hours to be fully charged
  • The collar’s strap is adjustable and can fit dogs from 6.6 up to 120 lbs.
  • The collar is IP67 water resistant
  • It comes with a dog training whistle
  • Sold with a 3-year warranty

Pros and cons of using a shock collar

As you are probably aware, there has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the shock collars. In many countries, this type of training device has been banned from use completely.

Animal welfare organizations and activists have been condemning the use of such collars because they consider them inhumane and painful for the animals.

In the US, many experienced dog trainers and dog owners though praise just how effective these training devices are and how they can help dogs which are aggressive or stubborn to act properly and safely for themselves and for the others.

So, where does the truth lie? Read on to see what the Pros and Cons of shock collars are so that you can make up your mind and find the answer to the question whether these e-collars are inhumane, or whether they are irreplaceable training devices which are good for you, and for your dog as well.

Pros

The improved design has made these collars much safer and pain-free for the dogs

Over the years, the manufacturers of e-collars have been focusing on improving their products and making them safer for the animals, as well as add pain-free training methods and features. Many collars have only sound and vibration and no shock modes, and others have all the modes but have an option to use a warning sound and vibration only, and use the shock only in case of an emergency when the dog or somebody else is in danger.

Plus, all of our top picks have adjustable levels for the vibration and shock, so you can pick the level you need depending on the size and sensitivity of your dog.

Also, models such as the Educator E-collar use a blunt rather than a forceful shock training mode which imitates a tap on the neck rather than a painful shock.

They have wide ranges of stimulation which make them customizable

Shock collars today have different stimulation options, all of which are adjustable, so you can customize your e-collar at a level which is most comfortable and efficient for your pet.

Our top pick – the SportDog 425 has a variety of adjustable training modes, including continuous or momentary shock, warning tones, vibration mode and a combination of several of them.

The training shock collars which we have picked for you are tested and found safe for the dogs. They need to be used in accordance with the instructions and for training purposes only for a limited time period.

The training results are very quick

Training a dog with an e-collar has been found to be one of the fastest ways to correct unwanted behavior and train a dog. Since dogs respond to the stimuli immediately and learn to recognize the warning beeps or vibrations very quickly, you will quickly discover that you will need to use the shock stimulus of the collar for a very limited time in order to get the results you want.

These collars are very suitable for stubborn dogs

For dogs which refuse to respond to positive reinforcement training, and seem completely unmanageable, a properly used shock collar can quickly help avert that behavior and teach the dog how to properly behave, curb aggression and help keep both you and the dog safe from dangerous situations.

The off-leash recall is much easier and safer

With one of these collars, getting your dog to come back to you when it is off the leash is much easier. This means less frustrating yelling and running around the park, as well as a lowered risk of your dog getting in an accident if it happens to run off on a street.

Most collars come with auto shock correction protection

Most of the shock collars will automatically switch off the shock mode after a few seconds of use, in order to keep your dog safe and pain-free. Plus, many of the systems have a warning indicator and signal to prevent you from accidentally using the shock mode instead of the vibration.

The collar can do its job even if you are not there

If you pick a shock collar which has an automatic bark training mode, you can make sure that it senses when your dog is barking and starts emitting the stimulus (beep, vibration or shock) automatically. These collars are especially suitable for those of you who have a problem with your dog barking when you are not at home.

Of course, if you choose to use this mode, make sure that the collar has a reliable protection mode which will switch it off automatically if the barking persists too long!

The shock collar is more affordable than a dog trainer or fence

A shock dog collar is a much cheaper option for training your dog or resolving behavioral issues than hiring a professional dog trainer or building a fence.  In fact there are collars on our list which cost less than 30-40 dollars!

Cons

Shock simulation can cause physical and mental stress to the dog

According to some studies, the levels of cortisol and the heart rate of the dog will increase as a result of an electrical shock. This means that the dog can suffer both physical and emotional stress, especially if the collar is not used correctly or as intended.

Misuse can cause suffering to the dog

When an owner or trainer intentionally or unintentionally misuses the shock collar, this can cause mild to severe physical and psychological trauma to the dog. This is why it is essential, that the strength, timing, and use of the correction must be very precisely set and used at all times.

Shock collars are not intended for permanent use and should be used for training purposes only.

Also, you must make sure that you follow all of the instructions for safety and use when you are training your dog with an e-collar.

In some cases, the effect can be counterproductive

Some people who are opposed to the use of shock collars claim that the use or improper use of such a collar can actually intensify a problem with anxiety, barking or aggression in a dog. Also, keep in mind that the pain tolerance of the different dogs is different when you are using the collar.

So, overall, the shock collar is not the best training method for every single dog.

The collar doesn’t provide positive reinforcement

Yes, I will correct unwanted barking or behavior, but the e-collar doesn’t offer positive rewards when the dog obeys your commands. This is why, as with all types of training you should offer your pet encouragement verbally, with a treat or pat on the head or other positive reinforcement when it obeys your commands or acts as you want it to.

What to keep in mind when picking a shock collar for your dog

If you think that all shock collars are the same, you are deeply mistaken. There are various differences between the different e-collars offered on the market, which is why you should carefully take into consideration a number of things and features before choosing the best one for your four-legged friends.

Remember that all dogs are different and all training goals are different, so do consider the following factors before picking the best training collar for your needs and for your dog.

Always put safety and responsibility first

As a dog owner and a dog parent, you want what is best for your dog, right? You don’t want a training device which will hurt your dog or traumatize it, but rather a collar which will help you quickly and efficiently train it and discourage unwanted behavior.

Always opt for an e-collar which has sound and vibration training modes and warnings instead of a shock collar which delivers shocks directly.

Most manufacturers of this type of collars recommend that the static shock option is used only in dangerous situations and emergencies, and not as a regular training method.

We have picked a collar which has no shock for those of you opposed to the idea of shock training – the budget-friendly Pop View bark collar. But all of our other top picks have optional sound, vibration or both training options as well.

Also, if you are planning on leaving the auto bark-correcting collar on your dog when you are not there – you have to be certain that the device has a tested and safe auto shut off protection feature, to keep your dog safe.

Collars like the Educator E-collar have blunt shock rather than forceful shock training stimulus, which is more of a tap rather than an actual shock.

Always keep in mind, that shock collars are intended for resolving unwanted behavior rather than for permanent or prolonged use.

And of course, make sure you choose a collar which is safe for the size and type of dog you have.

Keep your canine training goals in mind

The different e-collars offered on the market are intended for different training purposes. If you need a collar to train a working or hunting dog, you should opt for the ones specialized for these types of training, such as the Garmin Pro Trashbreaker.

If you want a bark collar, then choose one of the specialized bark collars which have sensors which detect the barking and emit the warning signals only then.

Also, there are some systems which allow the control of more than 1 dog via the same remote control, so if you are planning on working with more dogs, you should probably pick one of these options.

Read through our reviews of our top picks for shock collars for 2018 to choose the one which has the features you need.

Your pup’s size and temperament

In order to work properly, a training collar has to fit properly. We have chosen adjustable ones, but for some of our top choices, there are variants suitable for smaller dogs and others for larger ones.

Plus, if your dog is stubborn, you may want to opt for a collar which offers more stimulation, but without being cruel or counterproductive. Our top pick – the SportDog 425 comes in versions with milder stimulation, and one with stronger stimulation especially designed for stubborn pets.

The range of the collar

Make sure you pick a shock or bark collar which has sufficient range for your needs. Buying a training system with a larger range won’t hurt, but one which has an insufficient range could end up being useless and even dangerous for the dog. So, pick a training collar which has a range depending on your specific needs.

Some of the collars on our list have remote controls which can work through the walls of your home which is very useful if you want to stop your dog from barking when it is in another room or in the backyard while you are at home.

Speed and reliability

The whole idea of shock or vibration stimulation is to trigger it instantly to prevent undesirable behavior. So, look for a training collar which maintains a fast and reliable wireless connection with the transmitted, so that you can make sure that the stimulation is triggered in the exact right moment.

Waterproofness

To ensure that your dog is safe when wearing the collar in rain or snow and that it won’t get hurt or damage the training collar if it happens to jump in the water, make sure you buy a shock collar which is completely waterproof. Some of the collars can even safely be submerged into water, and others have floatable remote transmitters which will stay afloat even if you accidentally drop them in water.

Adjustability

The more adjustable the collar is – the easier it will be to customize it to fit your dog and your needs. Choose a shock collar which offers different training modes, and has adjustable levels for the vibrations and shock. Also, choose a shock collar which has adjustable contact points and caps for them, because you will need shorter ones if your dog has short hair and longer ones if you own a long-haired dog.

Warranty

If you want to be certain that you are making a long-term investment, check the warranty terms of the manufacturers before picking the best shock collar.

Some offer 30-day money-back guarantees, and other have years and even lifetime warranties such as the Educator and the PetTech collars from our list.

Laws

Make sure that the laws in your country, state or area allow the use of shock collars, and always check the legal requirement before purchasing and using such a device in order to stay out of trouble with the law enforcement organs.

The shock collars are currently banned from use in Wales, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland, Quebec, Denmark, parts of Australia and will soon be banned in England and Scotland too.

In the US, the use of this type of training tools is banned in Miami Beach, but always check the latest regulations for your area, because more such bans can be expected in the future.

How to properly use an e-collar

You probably have noticed that your dog barks as soon as it hears the doorbell. The reason is that it has learned to associate the ring of the doorbell with the entrance of visitors.

The idea of a shock collar is to teach your dog to be aware that a warning beep or vibration is a sign that there will be a static stimulation, based on Pavlov’s Classical conditioning theory. By learning to associate these two, you can use the warning stimulus to discourage and prevent unwanted behavior such as barking, chasing cars, running off, eating trash, etc.

You should be aware that the dog will learn to associate the warning signal with the actual shock after some repetition, and that stubborn dogs may require more time.

But after the dog learns to react to the warning stimulus, you can eliminate any destructive or undesired behavior without ever having to use the shock function again.

Here are some tips to use the shock collar for training your dog properly

  1. Make sure that you adjust the training modes and stimulus levels according to your dog’s size and sensitivity. You don’t want to hurt or startle it.
  2. Make sure that the collar fits properly around the neck of the dog. In order to be able to transmit vibrations or static shock, the collar needs to be in contact with the skin of the dog. Make sure that you use the properly sized inserts for the contacts on the collar and that you follow the instructions of the manufacturer about the tightness and proper fit of the collar.
  3. Choose a suitable place for the training where there are no other distractions. Use a light leash to walk the dog around and test the warning signal of the collar. Watch your dog for reactions. Some pups will stop, others will start looking around, and some may even act startled.
  4. Once you notice a reaction call a command which your dog is familiar with such as sit, come or no. Tap the static stimulus momentary button until the dog starts walking to you, sits or stops doing what it’s doing.
  5. After the dog responds to your command make sure you praise it vocally or with a treat.
  6. Consistency is key and you will need to repeatedly use the warning signal and then apply the static so that the dog learns to associate the sound or vibration with it.
  7. Always ask a dog to do something before using the warning and static training method. After all, it will need to know what you expect it to do, right.
  8. Be consistent until you notice that the dog starts responding to the warning signal before you use the static. In time, you will find that there is no more need to apply the shock at all.
  9. Once your dog has learned to respond to the warning, make sure you limit the use of the shock only for when the situation gets out of control, and in emergencies.
  10. The idea is that the dog will start associating the beep or vibration as a warning signal which can not only lead to being praised by you but also can avoid the static stimulation altogether.
  11. Remember to always show the dog what behavior you expect and want before using the static stimulus. There is no way that the dog knows what you expect of it, so use the words you want to teach it and always praise the dog and reward it when it reacts accordingly.
  12. Don’t feel tempted to use higher levels of stimulus and correction if you are feeling frustrated with the dog. Instead, use the collar with patience and with a lot of rewards and words which will help your canine friend what is expected of it.
  13. The idea is to finally end up using only the sound or vibration warnings for the desired behavior and ideally to get to a point when you won’t be needing the shock collar at all.
  14. Always follow the user guides provided by the manufacturers to ensure that you are using the collar properly and that your pet is comfortable and safe!

Final words

If for one reason or another, you need to buy a training e-collar for your dog, remember that this is not a punitive device, but rather a training device. You need to use it appropriately and always pair it with positive reinforcement when the dog starts obeying your commands or quits barking or doing something else which you want to discourage it from.

A good quality shock dog collar can not only help you train your disobedient dog, but it can help train problematic dogs and teach them to behave appropriately, which is not only good for you as a dog parent but is also safe and good for your dog as well.

Shock collars are irreplaceable for training working and hunting dogs too.

So, go ahead and choose one of our top picks for the best shock dog collars for 2018, and get ready to start training your dog and making it an even more beloved pet or efficient work dog than it is now!

Good luck with your dog training, and always keep safety in mind when using the shock dog collar!

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