There are various types of training collars for dogs that are used for different reasons. Some training collars are part of a remote training system. Chrome prong training collars or choke collars are often used on large dogs. Training collars must be used with an electric fence system too. With these systems, the dog is shocked if it runs beyond the area that is electronically fenced. At that point, the dog stops and eventually learns not to go beyond the boundaries of the fence. There are also other types of collars that train dogs not to bark.
One of the most popular types of training collars is a control harness. There are several advantages to this type of collar, both for the dog and the owner. The harness goes around the dog’s neck, under the chest, and attaches to a leash on the dog’s upper back. This is beneficial to the dog that likes to pull and has not yet learned to heel because it keeps the dog from choking as it pulls. Owners have much more control with this type of collar than with a simple strap that goes around the dog’s neck. Even large dogs can be trained to heel with one of these training collars. These harnesses are effective, but they require the owner to work with the dog as they walk. This is a good way for the owner and pet to build a close relationship that is not based on fear.
Remote dog training collars are also a very popular choice. They can be expensive and cost between $175 and $200, although there are less expensive types that can be found. This type trains a dog to follow you, and a leash is not required. It works by emitting a static stimulation that does not hurt the animal, but eventually teaches the pet that the shock only happens when he or she does something that the owner does not want the pet to do. If a dog owner is at the park and the dog begins to run off, the owner merely needs to push a button on the controller. This will cause the shock on the dog’s collar, which will then encourage the dog to stop, come, or to follow another command. It can be used up to 400 yards away. The shock is a minor one that is considered to be humane.
Less expensive collars and remote systems may work up to 100 yards, so this type is often appropriate for training a dog within a fenced yard. Some systems have up to 10 levels of static correction that distracts the dog and stops the behavior that is undesirable. The dog learns that when it does not bark, jump, or run the other way when you tell him to come that he will not get shocked. These systems are sold according to the dog’s weight since smaller dogs require much less static shock than larger dogs. The systems usually also have a beep sound that the dog hears before the static begins, and the combination of hearing the sound and feeling the static are enough to teach most dogs to follow their owner’s commands. Many people say that they have trained their dog in only one or two days with these systems.
Other basic training collars usually take much longer in training pets. Some pet owners use a choke collar to train a dog not to pull when on a leash. The problem with these collars is that most dogs pull anyway and choke themselves, despite the fact that they cannot breathe properly. Large dogs like Rottweilers can be trained with a prong training collar. They have metal prongs that dig into the dog’s neck if it pulls. These collars must be removed when not training. Dog owners who have used them say that they are effective, and that they take about a month to teach a dog to walk properly, come, sit, and to follow commands.