There are four types of dog control collars that assist in training and improving your dog's behavior.
Each works to curb different types of behavior problems in your dog... use the chart below to determine which control collar is best for your dog.
Scroll further down the page for a summary of each or click the following links to jump directly to the collar of your choice further down the page.
If more than one collar fits a problem, a "1" indicates that you should try that collar first and a "2" indicates that you should try it only after giving the other a shot....
|Control Collar Category||Barking, wining and "talking"||Chasing or running out of the allowed area||Any type of obsessive behavior||Jumping up on people||Pulling and jumping while on a walk||Snapping or mean behavior displayed toward other dogs or people|
|Shock Collar for Dogs||2||2||2||2||2||2|
|Bark Collar Dog Training||1|
|Dog Fence Collar||1|
|Gentle Leader Dog Leash||1||1||1||1|
Many dog owners express confusion and concern when faced with the question, "Are control collars harmful or inhumane?" This is a natural reaction, since none of us want to cause pain to the animal that we love.
Dog control collars are not harmful or painful to a dog as long as they are used correctly and controlled by an educated operator.
Luckily, research shows that most behavior corrected through the use of control collars remains "fixed" even after the collar is removed. Up to 90% of dogs maintain their positively reinforced behavior without the use of a control collar, as long as the training was done correctly and for an adequate amount of time.
Now on to the summaries. Once you confirm which collar fits your needs, click the link within each section to jump to the page with our recommendations...
The term shock collar is used to describe a remote-controlled collar that is used to correct inappropriate behavior. The remote control allows you to decide exactly when your dog needs to be corrected.
Shock collars are NOT meant to punish or hurt a dog in any way. When set at the correct level, these collars merely divert the dog's attention through surprise and a sense of slight discomfort.
People may decide to use a remote control shock collar when their dog's behavior has gotten uncontrollable or is potentially dangerous to other people or dogs. There are also circumstances when older dogs have been through a certain trauma and suffer from mental obsessive behavior or sporadic outbursts of strange, unpredictable behavior.
IMPORTANT: We only recommend shock collars as a last resort if and when other training collars and methods have been unsuccessful. We want to stress the importance of correct and educated usage of any type of shock collar on your dog.
Jump to the Shock Collar for Dogs page to learn more and see our recommendations.
Bark collar dog training is used only when you are dealing with a dog that seems to bark at just about anything that moves and is causing a problem for you, your family or your neighbors.
Since you most likely won't be there to correct the barking every time it happens, a bark collar dog-training tool may be the right solution.
There are two different types of bark collars:
- Citronella Anti-Bark Collar is a sound-activated invention that holds a citronella liquid which is sprayed each time the dog barks. We recommend trying this type before resorting to the second...
- Traditional Bark Collar Dog Training works using the shock or vibration system of training.
For more information, go to our Bark Collar Dog Training page...
Referred to by many people as an invisible fence for dogs, dog fence collars have been around for many years.
Either professionally or self-installed, it works through a signaled barrier system that encircles the boundaries of your property. This fence then operates off of radio signals that transmit to a collar worn by your dog.
Wireless options are also available, are much easier to install and and are portable.
When the dog gets too close to the property barrier, the collar will transmit a type of warning tone audible only to the dog, telling them to stay back. If the dog continues to proceed in the same direction, the collar will emit a static-like shock, which is painless but uncomfortable for the dog.
The dog fence collar can be effective, but it should not be used alone in your training efforts.
Go to our Dog Fence Collar page to learn more and to see our product reviews...
The gentle leader harness is a name brand that has become well known in the world of dog training. They are proven to be more effective than choke collars and are used to control the same type of behavior, including jumping and pulling on the leash.
Whether you have a small bouncy dog or a big strong puller of a dog, the Gentle Leader is a great option to help control their behavior while walking.
Check out our Gentle Leader Dog Leash page for all of the details.
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