Best Electronic Training Collars

Best Electronic Training Collars

  • 19 min read
  • Last Updated: 03/26/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Remote Training Collars can be a wonderful tool to use while training your canine friend. But the vast majority of remote training collars are shock collars and there’s a lot of controversy around if using a shock collar is humane or even effective. Either way, PetXP strives to ensure that, no matter where you fall on that argument, you get a comprehensive guide on what products out there are worth your time and safe for you and your dog to use. The best remote training collar we’ve found through our research is PetSpy P620 Dog Collar for it’s safety, range, and cost. If this remote collar doesn’t fit your needs there’s another 20 remote training collars reviews down below!

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best dog training collar

Best Overall

PetSpy P620 Dog Collar

8/10

Remote has Touch Distinguishing buttons

100% waterproof

Seamlessly works for two collars at once

Isn’t the most durable for long term use - especially the remote

Not great for long/thick haired dogs

Material
Thermoplastic collar and waterproof plastic receiver
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
650 yards
Battery
Rechargeable
lasts up to 72 hours

Best Quality & Best for Outdoor Activity

SportDOG X-Series E-Collar

9/10

1-year warranty

21 levels of shock

Expandable to 3 dogs with add-ons

High price point

Material is a bit stiff

No LCD

Material
Waterproof DryTek and nylon
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
500 yards
Battery
Rechargeable up to 70 hours

Best Value

Petronics Shock Training Collar

8/10

5-year warranty

100 levels of vibrate and shock

Bonus light mode helps to see dog in low-light conditions

Expandable to 2 dogs with add-ons

Low price point

Only water resistant

Changing setting is slow

Not ideal for long-haired dogs

Material
Nylon
Modes
4 (Beep
Light
Vibrate
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargable

Best Non-Shock

PetSafe Gentle Spray Bark Collar

7/10

Spray-only device

Unscented spray refills available

Lightweight

Medium price point

Good customer service

Waterproof transmitter floats as well

Uses a microphone to detect barking, so loud noises may set it off accidentally

Not good for aggressive barkers / multi-dog households

Only 300 - 400 sprays per can (can last about a week for a loud dog)

Material
Water-resistant nylon
Modes
1 (Citronella spray)
Range
n/a
Battery
6-volt alkaline battery lasts up to 9 months

Best Range

Garmin Sport Pro Training Collar

9/10

Great range of use

One remote can be used with three collars

The light setting is extremely bright

Battery life is excellent

Perfect for the outdoors

Very high price point

Too bulky for smaller dogs

Material
Collar made from high-grade nylon that appears leather like and receiver is plastic with metal prongs.
Modes
4 (Light
Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
1320 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and lasts up to 60 hours

Pet Resolve Pet Training Collar

8/10

Shock prongs are removable

Remote can be paired with up to 3 collars

Battery fully charges within 2 hours

High price point

Range is spotty beyond 200 yards

Material
High-grade nylon
that appears to be leather like
and a water-resistant plastic receiver
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
Shock)
Range
1320 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and lasts up to 48 hours

DOG CARE Training Collar

7/10

100% waterproof

Remote has three distinct buttons for each mode

Lock feature on shock mode

Low cost for a remote training collar

Battery life doesn’t last as long as advertised

Collar does not hold adjustments well

Receiver is bulky

Not for small dogs

Material
Receiver has water-tight plastic shell and the collar is high-grade nylon
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Receiver lasts up to 15 days and remote has up to 45 days of battery life

Petrainer 998DBB Dog Shock Collar

7/10

100% Waterproof

Low cost for a remote training collar

All modes work well

Collar tends to slide around

Battery life is not stated but reported to be under 24 hours of use

Not a great collar as your primary leash attachment

Material
Collar is made from thermoplastic polyurethane and receiver is in a water tight plastic shell
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargeable battery

Petrainer PET998DRB

6/10

100% Waterproof

Low cost for a remote training collar

All modes work well

Battery life is not stated but reported to be under 24 hours of use

Not a great collar as your primary leash attachment

Doesn’t have a long life cycle

Material
Collar is made from high grade nylon and receiver is in a water tight plastic shell
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargeable battery

Petrainer PET916-2 Shock Collar

6/10

100% Waterproof

Charges both remote and receiver at once

Excellent customer service

One remote can work for two collars at once

Does not have a long life-cycle

Battery life is not stated but reported to be up to 24 hours at best

Not ideal for 2 dogs at once...

Material
Collar is made out of thermoplastic and receiver has a waterproof plastic shell
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and last up to 24 hours

Petrainer PET998DRU1

4/10

Easy to access off button

Charges both receiver and remote together

Not waterproof

Battery life isn’t stated but reported to last up to 24 hours

Short life span / not ideal for long-term use

Material
Nylon collar with receiver being in a plastic shell that’s water resistant
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargeable
lasts up to 24 hours

PetTech PT0Z1 Dog Training Collar

8/10

100% waterproof

Comes in 3 colors

Collar is designed for positive reinforcement training

There are issues with the remote design

Shock is weak

Material
Has both a nylon and thermoplastic collar
Modes
4 (Light
Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
400 yards
Battery
Rechargeable
lasts up to 72 hours

Educator E-Collar

4/10

Remote is small and resembles a stop-watch

“Blunt” shock, not sharp

For dogs as small as 5 lbs

Comes with an owner’s manual and training tips

100 different levels of shock

High price point

Extremely short battery life

Material
Biothane collar (waterproof)
Modes
2 (Beep and Shock)
Range
880 yards
Battery
Lithium rechargeable lasts 2 hours

Mockins E-Collar

1/10

1 to 100 levels of shock intensity

2 year replacement guarantee

Low price point

Only dogs 15 lbs or more

Extremely violent shocks at 100

Causes burns

Material
Water-resistant nylon
Modes
2 (Beep and Shock)
Range
330 yards
Battery
Rechargable

PetSafe Tone and Static Training Collar

6/10

8 power levels of static

Waterproof up to 5 feet

Recommended by trainers

Good reviews of customer service

Medium-high price point

Reports of shorter battery life

Notable number of defective units reported

Material
Plastic collar
industrial rubber coating on remote
Modes
2 (Beep and Shock)
Range
400 yards
Battery
Rechargeable up to 60 hours

Puss and Pooch Dog Training Collar

7/10

Waterproof

10-year warranty

Expandable to 2 dogs with add-ons

Sleep mode

100 levels of shock

Medium-low price point

Bulky on smaller dogs

Shocks go to extreme levels

Range not specified

Stiff material

Unspecified battery life

Material
Plastic
Modes
4 (Beep
Light
Vibrate
and Shock)
Range

specified
Battery
Rechargeable

Mothca Dog Training Collar

7/10

Amazing customer service

Remote will work through walls

LCD display on remote

Low price point

Known manufacturing issues

Shock is weak

Not great durability

Material
Nylon and plastic
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
600 yards
Battery
Rechargeable

iSPECLE training collars

7/10

Comes with two collars

Has a sleep mode

Amazing customer service regarding replacements

Battery issues are known to happen

Great bargain for the price

Not ideal for smaller dogs

Material
Nylon and plastic
Modes
4 (Light
Beeps
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
800 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and lasts up to 24 hours

Ipets PET619S

7/10

Remote buttons are very distinct for all three modes

Collar has an off and on button

Perfectly suited for indoor corrections and leash training

Comes at a great price

Is not built for long-term use

Not ideal for long yard recall

Battery life does not last over time

Material
Nylon and plastic
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
and Shock)
Range
220 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and lasts up to 48 hours

Garmin Delta XC Training Collar

6/10

Very easy to operate

Battery life is long lasting

Water resistant

All modes are extremely responsive and safe to use

High price point

The range is spotty past 30-50 yds

Shock setting is weak

Not as durable as it should be for the price

Material
Nylon and plastic
Modes
3 (Beep
Vibration
Shock)
Range
880 yards
Battery
Rechargeable and lasts up to 60 hours

Garmin Barklimiter Deluxe Training Collar

3/10

Bark Odometer measures for effectiveness

Very durable and made to last

Vibration mode is more effective than the Shock mode

High price point

Very hard to position correctly

Not waterproof

Not ideal for smaller dogs

Is known to malfunction if used incorrectly

Material
Nylon and plastic
Modes
2 (Vibration and Shock) that work alongside Bark Differentiation technology
Range
n/a
Battery
Two different models. Barklimiter lasts up to 10 months while the deluxe is rechargeable lasting up to 3 months per charge.

How to Choose

Material
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.

Modes
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.

Range
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.

Battery
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!

Shock Mode
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.

Beeping/Vibration Mode(s)
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.

Spraying Mode
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!
American Kennel Club

Class Is In Session

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!