Remote training collars should be made out of tough yet flexible material. Most of the time, these types of collars may be made out of similar materials to your typical collar. This can lead to some issues due to the clunky hardware that emits a beep or shock can weigh pretty heavy.
A true remote training collar should have various modes to give you flexibility on training. These modes typically are beeping, vibration, and shock. Some other collars will but an emphasis on one of these modes while offering lesser versions of the others. Shock, sadly, is the most popular so be careful when skimming through the reviews.
The whole point of a remote training collar is to be able to use it at great lengths. Most only suited for short ranges, with some flexibility for medium distances (over 200 feet). However, there are some that excel at long-range and could be used long-term for outdoor/hunting dogs that need cues over great distances.
Knowing your remote training collar is going to work and hold a charge is vital. It’s really what keeps the whole thing running! Which is why we list if it’s rechargeable and how long you can go without plugging it back in.
Types of Remote Training Collar Modes
There are three common modes found with remote training collars: Shock, Beeping, and Vibration. Another mode, that isn’t quite as common, is spraying. Let’s break these down even more so you can be knowledgeable about what a remote training collar can do!
These types of collars emit a small static shock to your dog in order to indicate when a behavior is poor. This is called negative reinforcement training and isn’t the best method to use to get good/proper results.
It is extremely important to test the shock-levels on yourself before putting them on your dog.
The objective of the shock is to distract, not cause serious or lasting pain.
Some training collars come with different modes and these are the most common! Beeping and vibration can become a trained cue for your dog to assist in training. Unlike the shock collars, collars that only beep or cause a vibration do not cause any pain. So you’ll need to train your dog what these sounds and vibrations mean. These is a much more favorable method with trainers than just shock.
This is probably the most uncommon remote training collar mode. It’s fairly straightforward, while you’re training when your dog performs an undesired behavior, you’re able to spray them with water to correct it. This is personally my favorite but it’s again still negative reinforcement which is not the best way to ensure positive behavior long term.
Training Collars Require Training
Remote training collars are great for training, but not a substitute for it. If you’re going to get a remote training collar then you should have a training plan for using it. There is some misinformation out there about these types of collars being a one-stop fix for poor behavior. Do not fall for that.
If you use a remote training collar as a means to discipline your dog for poor behavior, you’re probably only causing your dog harm. Instead, you should consult a professional canine trainer and get a plan set in place so that you can properly use your remote training collar.
Here are some resources for you to find a dog trainer near you!
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When it comes to a remote training collar, you’re definitely making an investment in your canine friend. These collars should be paired with proper training and you should always consult a professional before use.
We hope that with our help, that you’ll be able to pick the training collar that most addresses your needs. There are some really incredible collars and some that are terrifying. Whichever one you go with, please let us know! We’d love to hear about how your dog is coming along with their training!