Here are four benefits and three drawbacks that we believe everyone should consider before they use or buy a dog training collar. Please be sure to read these carefully and ask us any questions you may have about the benefits and drawbacks of using a dog training collar.
Pros of dog training Collar
- Adjustable Intensity
- Quick results
- You don’t have to be present
1. Adjustable Intensity
Most modern training collars provide the flexibility of a warning signal or vibration mode and adjustable shock levels. To those on the fence about using a shock collar, this can be soothing. Other collars, such as spray collars, which give a harmless but smelly gust to the dog’s mouth, are usually not adjustable.
2. Quick results
Many pet owners say that it only took a few shocks to correct their dog’s bad behavior and then the beep or vibration was a warning enough (for us we never even needed the shock at all). Dog training collars can also be very effective in keeping your dog on your property, which will help keep him safe while giving him freedom. Of course, it may take longer for more stubborn dogs to teach.
3. You don’t have to be present
Dog training collars used to control chronic barking, work even when you’re away from home or indoors. This can be especially helpful if you have a complaint from neighbors about the loud protests of your dog. The same applies to shock collars as border control, although some hands-on training is required.
Genuinely, I wouldn’t leave my dog with a shock collar unattended as I would be scared to overcorrect if I wasn’t there to observe and react to the situation, but that’s your decision. We also do not recommend that your dog be left out with or without a training collar for extended periods of time.
A training collar can be a cheaper alternative to a professional dog trainer or fence. Shock collars vary from $20 to $200 + based on functionality such as remote control, adjustable warning/shock intensity, a range of distances (usually between 25 to 420 yards) and the number of collars included.
Cons of dog training Collar
- The Fear
- The Shock
1. The Fear
Fear can be dangerous in dogs, so you never want to train a dog with fear. During shock training, some dogs may learn to be afraid of people, objects or situations that they associate with the collar. One of the pet owners we knew installed a wireless fence, and then their dog refused to leave after training. Instead of going to the back door to relieve itself in the yard, it even began urinating in the room.
2. The Shock
Most pet owners cannot understand that they are causing pain to their pets. But even with the option of controlling the intensity of the correction, you still use aversive behavior modification.
Without being able to control when a shock occurred, automatic collars and electric fences can cause unintentional or too frequent shocks. This excessive shock could confuse your dog by “correcting” a problem that wasn’t even there.
Your dog may get a little spooked out by the shock collar; but, if he shows any unruly behavior, a little pain is sufficient to discipline him. Do not think using the shock collar as a form of punishment; rather, it is a form of strengthening.
It is very important to buy the best dog training collar with the highest quality features available. You can monitor how much pain or shock you offer, at least with those features. You do not want your dog to be too scared now, would you?