Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Dog Shock Collar - Dog Training Collar with Remote, 3 Training Modes, Up to 1000Ft Remote Range, 0~99 Shock Levels, Beep, Vibration ,Shock, Rechargeable Remote Shock Collar for Dogs
I originally had the old version of this product and I loved it. I purchased this version because it was smaller and it said it was improved. From day one, the collar would come loose on my dog's neck and fall off. Also, I plugged it in to charge overnight and it blew up, setting off the fire alarm in my home. We had called the fire department before we finally found where the burning smell was coming from.
Ok so I am changing my review after trying to use this for some time. First off the remote is the size of a cell phone it's a little excessive, second the collar is a buckle latch which comes loose all the time and third the prongs are pretty long which I thought would be good for medium to long hair but they do not reach through the fur. And the loose buckle design doesnt really help with that. Tighten it and you'll choke your dog. After trying this for a while it's kinda trash. I will keep looking for something more reliable and functional.
The first one of these we bought nearly two years ago rated 5 stars. The battery in the collar receiver finally died unable to hold a charge any longer. Ordered another one and received an “improved” version. Lasted only about two weeks before it failed. Returned for replacement and the replacement lasted barely a week. I suspect the improved version is from a different manufacturer than the original version that worked so well for so long. Now looking for an alternatibe
Backstory: My current dog is basically our first kid. I custom make all his treats and spend literally hundreds a month on food, chews, and other things he needs. My dog is older and well trained for the most part. I have never had to use a shock collar on him before. He has at (for the last year or so) 8 become highly defiant when he wants to. I believe this has something to do with the fact we have had a small child who has also become highly defiant. Dogs are pack animals and will take cues from other members of the family. When my dog snarled at me for the first time I decided it was time to do some reinforcement training. I'm not new to shock collars at all as I trained many dogs in my earlier years. I haven't actually used this one on my dog yet as each collar is a bit different and I'm not a fan of shock collars by any means. Used properly they are a great tool for the short term. I decided to test it on myself first to see what it would do on each setting. The vibration needs to be stronger or at least have intesity settings that go higher to some degree. The shock on the other hand is extremely strong. At level 9 it was very uncomfortable to say the least. At level 24 it left depressions and what feels like burn marks in my skin (they were gone the next day though). This thing goes to level 99. All dogs have different pain tolerances to some extent and hair plays a factor but No way would I ever put this thing up that high for mine. Assuming it's a linear scale, what happened to me would be 4 times worse at max setting. That would be inflicting serious pain and is generally not a good way to reinforce good dog behavior, just a good way to create an anxious and scared dog. I honestly think no one should ever put this thing that high. For those not brave enough to shock yourselves, you've been warned. Please use the collar responsibly and learn proper technique if you don't know what you are doing.
Battery Life has been great. I wish the remote showed the battery life of the receiver as there doesn't seem to be a way to check it except looking at the receiver itself. I do not like the auto sleep as the collar stopped working mid day when I decided to use it and had to recall my dog to check it. The probes have a very hard time in dense curly hair (AKA it doesn't work most the time). There also is no signal meter that I can see. The top left is the training mode? Although it seems to not have different modes to work with. My biggest issue is the collar is constantly coming loose. If my dog jogs with me or shakes his head the collar will move and come loose. This is to the point I may return it.
Update 2: Just went on another walk, I stopped, repositioned the collar, tightened more than the manufacturer said or I was comfortable with (even though i knew it would be very temporary) I used a low level shock twice, it corrected the behavior but my dog shook his head after that. Went to correct behavior one more time and the collar was loose again and wouldn't work. Sending back since these collars are useless!
Update 6/6/2019 (2 stars): I have not yet received the free collar I was promised; it was supposed to ship within 5 business days of my review, so a month should be more than enough time. While I still think the purchase was worthwhile, I am disappointed that the company hasn't followed through with its promises. I will update my rating to 4 stars if they ever send one. I seriously wonder what their customer service is like and hope I never have to find out.
Battery life is good and the collar lasted a week or better with daily use. Our dog has become much more respectful, more eager to please, and listens most of the time. The collar *does* shut off after about 12 hours.
Original review 5/6/2019 (5 stars): I was given an offer to receive a free receiver collar with a review of my purchase; since I rather like this collar, I'm taking them up on it.
This collar does not shut off or disconnect on its own, unlike others I have used. It seems rugged enough, though time will tell. I tried zapping my thigh with it just to see what it is capable of: below intensity 4, I couldn't feel it, 5-8 was definitely noticeable, 20 was very much getting my attention, and 30 was quite memorable -- I wimped out and did not try any higher! Considering it goes to 99, I expect it will get the attention of even the most disobedient, thick-skinned, hot-on-the trail dog. Please respect your pets and don't use high settings unless absolutely necessary.
Pros: Inexpensive, quality collar, plenty of "zap", did not go into "sleep" mode or disconnect over a 10 hour period, can control multiple (3) collars with one remote, locking feature to prevent accidental zaps. After 10 hours of active use, the batteries still had power; I did not test to see how long it takes to fully deplete the batteries.
Cons: 1) two hands are required to adjust the intensity, one to press the button and one to twist the knob to increase or decrease the setting; the intensity can be quickly (too quickly if you ask me) adjusted from 0 to 99. 2) The prongs are not removable (but are of reasonable length). 3) No "continuous" zap capability - each press nicks for about 2 seconds. If the zap button is continuously depressed, nothing happens.
Design Wishes: If the manufacturer reads this, I would recommend the following changes. 1) Make the intensity adjustment slightly less sensitive or slower. 2) Instead of using an intensity adjustment button AND the knob (which requires two hands), add a 3rd "intensity lock" setting to the lock switch - lock (fully lock remote against accidental zaps), intensity lock (lock intensity only, allowing zaps), and intensity adjust (allow intensity to be adjusted while disabling zaps). With the extra lock setting you could get rid of the intensity adjustment button entirely. 3) When the zap button is held, allow continuous zapping instead of no response.
Bottom line, this is a plenty powerful unit at a reasonable price. If the stated range is accurate I consider it a great buy.
I would not recommend first of all because it turns it self off after so many hours of non use so u don’t know when it’s off or on. Also battery only lasted about 12 hrs the first time we used it after the recommended 2 hour charge time. Last reason we wouldn’t recommend is poor customer service. We contacted amazon and they gave us the link to the companies support after 4 days we have not heard one works via email or phone. We have had a previous dog trainer collar and the company was great actually had a number we could call and talk to a person not this place. We got this collar because of the good reviews! I guess we got a bad one and a bad customer support person. Don’t buy this collar there r others out there that r hopefully better! The only good thing about it is the remote control has had a full charge for 5 days but well if the collar is never on because it shuts down all by itself it’s useless!
Great while it lasted...which was just over two months. It’s supposed to be 100% waterproof, so I took it with to the beach. It worked fine even after my dog went in the water, but it stopped working shortly after that day trip. The light on the receiver won’t come on anymore no matter how long I let it charge. None of the remote commands have any effect on the receiver. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the water at the beach or if the receivers typically only last two months.
It’s a shame because I loved that the receiver didn’t have screw-in contact prongs like the last brand I used. The screw-in prongs were always loosening up and falling out in the grass. I had to buy numerous replacement prongs to make sure I had them on hand when one inevitably got lost. However, at least that collar lasted almost three years.
Our lab knows to behave when this collar goes on. We didn’t use the shock option, just the vibrate and at first it worked. But she got used to it. We raised the intensity and even at a high level, she didn’t really seem to feel it. This is DEFINITELY NOT waterproof. She went swimming with it on and after, it completely died.
Just a heads up on this product. If you don’t use it within a few hours, it will turn off. I got this believe it was going to be on the whole time. When I needed to use it it was off and just a nightmare. I live by the freeway and when my dog sees the gate open she runs out. She’s a husky, just fyi, so she runs quick. I was told that she ran out and I was on my way home from work. I tried getting home as quickly as possible. When I did, I got the control and it didn’t do anything. I freaked out because this time she ran in the freeway, yes I was running right after her. Lucky she turned back around before getting any further out. She was running towards the cars no with the cars directions. It took me 4 hours to finally get her. I honestly thought I was going to lose her that day. I believed this product was going to help. But it was a waste of money. Don’t get me wrong when it’s on everything worked but within 2 months it collar ripped. At the end it wasn’t a reliable collar for me.