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Buying An Electronic Dog Training Collar Doesn't Have To Be Shocking

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most common types of collars used by non-professional trainers or simply dog owners themselves is the electronic dog training collars. Although quite controversial, these collars are effective if used properly.

Electronic dog collars had created such media hype when quite a number of dog owners have discreetly denounced their use. The issue is focused on the outright infliction of pain caused by electronic currents that run from the collar to the dog's skin. These electric currents can create shock, which can be very harmful for the dog.

However, experts say that when used properly, electronic collars can be effective in training dogs and in managing dog behavioral problems. In fact, an electronic collar can be safe and effective if the trainer or user knows how to operate the device properly.

In essence, electronic dog training collars create electric shock that warns the dog how to respond appropriately. The main purpose of producing electric shock is to assist the dog trainer during training sessions and in controlling behavior of your dog.

Nevertheless, not training collars are created equal. Each has its own distinction depending on the make of the product and its feature benefits.

Here are some tips in buying electronic collars.

1. Budget

These collars can be very expensive. If you do not have the budget for it, buying an electronic collar can be a problem.

So before you decide on a particular type of dog collar, try to see first if your budget can afford it.

2. Function

Each type of electronic dog training collar has its own distinct function. Hence, it is best that you know what you want in a collar.

For example, if you want to control the route of your dog whenever he walks, you can use a training collar that will fit near your dog's nose. The electronic shock will direct him which way to go. If you want to control your dog's behavioral problem such as excessive barking, try to use an electronic collar that has a transmitter device attached at the collar placed near the dog's neck.

3. Breed

In buying a dog training collar, you also have to consider the dog's breed. For smaller breeds, it is best to buy collars that will fit on their little necks. Moreover, this type of dog training collar has additional training device that will facilitate the training process.

4. Kind of training

If you are trying to correct canine behavioral problems, it is best to use remote electronic collars. The transmitter can send signals to the collar as far as 300 feet. Hence, you do not have to be in close proximity with your dog just to train him whenever he gets into annoying behaviors.

All of these things can help you choose the best electronic dog training collar. Coupled with good knowledge about the product, electronic collars are indeed, one of the most effective training tools available in the market today.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://dogcollars.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about all types of dog collars including the electronic dog training collar.
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