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
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!
We liked this product well enough at first. Don't let the design of the receiver fool you, it's just as bulky as any other collar, they just changed how the strap routes through. If anything it's probably bigger. Our first set worked fine for a while, then one day it just quit working. The transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) would turn on, when you pushed a button on the Tx the icon would blink on the screen as it should when it's transmitting, but nothing happens. No beeping, no vibrate, nothing. Contacted the seller, told them what was going on, they shipped out a whole new setup. Great, thank you. Turns out the first Tx had gone bad; I was able to pair the old Rx collar with the new Tx, works great. But again, after about a month, the Tx is starting to act up. Some times you press a button and it doesn't do anything. OR you press a button and KEEPS DOING IT. The Tx keeps sending the signal repeatedly; this is verified by the transmitting icon on the screen. My dog would continuously freak out, because he keeps getting stimulated, until I flip the lock switch, either that or turn the dial to OFF. That's the only way to get it to stop. Its never been in the rain, it's not old, the button doesn't seem to be getting stuck, I can press the button multiple times and keeps clicking like it should, yet the Tx keeps on sending. Other than the Tx not being made very well, I think it's fine. When this one quits again, I'll buy a different brand for sure. Side note: for my border collie, Lv10 is plenty. I shocked myself on lv20 just to know how it feels, and the skin on my arm was numb for several hours. I cannot imagine getting shocked in the neck by a higher value. Start off really low like 5-6, if the dog doesn't even notice, it's probably not making contact.
We bought this back in August 2019 and have been using it on and off since. My initial impressions were good, though the remote was larger than I expected.
One of the features of this collar took some getting used to: powering it on before use. We previously used a SportDog collar that is always on, so checking to make sure this collar is on before using it was new to me. The way I settled on was to hit the "Speaker" button before sending her outside. If I heard the beep, I knew it was on. The beeps were also great to quickly make sure she was near after dark.
Cut to today. We received a significant snow in Michigan last night. When I let my dog out in the morning, the speaker was working fine. She loves to run and jump in the snow, and I'm sure the collar was covered in snow at some points. When I let her out again around lunch, I could not get the speaker to work. The vibration and corrections still work, but the sound is completely dead.
With so many e-collars out there, I recommend to spend a little more on something that will last.
I have tried many e-collars, from $20 - $200. My dog has thick fur and very loose skin around his neck so it is hard to find a collar that fits well and will stay in place when he is running and playing. Was looking for a cheaper alternative so tried this one. It works just as well as any other collar in terms of actually training the dog. However for my dog it didn't fit well. Doesn't come with interchangeable contact points/tips to allow you to change the length/size of the tips, and the cloth/nylon strap causes the collar to slip and move around (compared to a rubber/silicone buckle collar). Also the remote is on the large side and not very ergonomic.
I was sceptical about purchasing this item. But training our puppy was difficult in some areas. And a training collar was recommended. When I first purchased this, I tested it on myself and my partner. The beep worked. The vibration worked. But the shock only worked above level 3. Which was something I was able to deal with. I charged it only until the light was green on the collar, and when the battery was full on the remote. Never longer than needed. The first month it worked great. And I did notice the collar would automatically shut off if it wasn't used for a few hours. (Our puppy would wear throughout the day, and I wouldn't use it. I would then try and use the vibration if she would run out the front door. And that's when I noticed, I had to restart the collar. It was worked great, and was pleased to only need the alert beep or the vibration to focus my puppy. Fast forward to the past couple weeks..... I fully charged the collar and remote before a trip. When we arrived (but an hour away) I secured it and went to use the beep alert. I heard nothing. I had to charge it again! It then worked for half the day. And from then on had to continuously charge right before use (when before the charge would last a couple days). Now it doesn't even work! Short lived and a frustrating few weeks. Tried charging it last night and tested the shock on myself. Which it wouldn't work past level 8. And now today even after charging it won't do anything. While it worked fine the first couple months of use. I can't get it to work now. Very upset that the lifespan was not great. And I am pasted my return date.
I have two golden retrievers. We used the older collar with the longer remote and wanted to upgrade to this one for the power button on the collar and the smaller remote. We’re happy with everything except the collar. The actual collar material is much thinner than the older version. When the dogs are playing, there isn’t enough friction to hold the collars tight, so they loosen up to the point where they’re not against the dog’s necks, which renders the vibration and shock options useless. We generally only use the beeps anyways, but I’m not sure why they changed the collar when the older version worked perfectly. Disappointed.
Well I have only had the device for about 1.5 months. When it works, I love it. Biggest reason for purchase was to teach my dog to stop barking in the backyard and to stop pulling on the leash. I love that there is a vibration setting because 9/10 times that’s the only corrective response I have to use. Our shock setting is very low (3-5) and is an effective last resort when needed. It has helped her bad barking behaviors and is a great addition to teaching her how to heel on the leash. I love having it for when we go to public settings because she responds much better to the collar than just my verbal or touch corrections. Overall it has been a great addition to training my 1 year old dog.
Only problem is that about 2-3 weeks ago the collar has been inconsistent with turning on. The remote has been no problem but even with the collar fully charged it would not turn on. I thought it was broken however I tried again today, after several days of it not working, by some weird miracle it worked. Hopefully it’s just a glitch and we don’t have the issue again because I do love this device however might have to buy from a different brand in the future if this keeps up.
I bought this because I have two dogs: a golden retriever who loves to splash and swim in our pool, and a corgi who loves to bark when our golden jumps in the pool or splashes around. I have tried other training methods that have failed, and she responds a lot to things touching her (I used to used a squirt gun and squirt her in the butt, and that worked for about three years but now she loves the squirt gun and it doesn't stop her barking). This collar worked very well when I first got it, I used the beep button only and within about a week she would hold back from barking just by having the collar on. The three mode buttons, beep, vibrate, and shock, are well spaced apart so it's difficult to accidentally press the wrong one. I did not want to use the shock function at all, so I really liked that I could turn the shock level down to zero just in case it was accidentally pressed then nothing would happen. The only thing I didn't like about the remote/collar when it was working is that when both parts turn on/off they make the same beep that is used to tell my dog that she is doing something wrong, so when I turn them on, even though she isn't doing anything wrong, she thinks that she did something bad which I don't like, so I would have to let her outside then turn them on inside so she didn't hear it and then go out with her. Unfortunately, about a week and a half into using the collar maybe every other day by the pool, the receiver/collar stopped working. The rubber stopper that protects the plugs from water was always in place and my dog didn't mess with the collar like itching or pawing at it to make the rubber go out of place, so I don't think that's why it broke. I have charged it and it can't turn on/off which is sad because I really liked having it while it worked. My corgi occasionally gets extra excited outside and barks even with the (broken) collar on, so I would like to be able to use it when that happens.
the product worked really well, easy to set up, sync, adjust the static dial. the remote is a little bulky but kept me from losing it. I wish the slides on the sides had grip(a few times my fingers slipped and I buzzed the wrong dog) the buttons are large enough and the interface is very easy to understand. I'm in the process of returning the collar due to the fact the collar part attached to the receiver ripped off after about a month. I bought an additional receiver (collar) and the same thing happened to the other one. the charge held really well. I really wanted this to work because it was a great value the only thing was the material used for the collar is not very durable(hence the ripping). the collar also needed to be tightened daily which was not that huge of a deal except when I was in a hurry.
If you're just using this as a training collar that you'll remove after every training session, it works great. I bought two collars and a remote to work with our 2 dogs (a border collie and a St. Bernard). They are both fairly young, and we're still working with them to become well trained. After working with them for about an hour, they got very good at coming to me on the beep command and they stop barking on vibrate. I didn't want to use the shock on them and I didn't have to, as they responded very well to beep and vibrate. The only issue that I saw with the collars is that they automatically shut off after several hours of not using them. I want to be able to make their collar beep or vibrate when I'm not actively training them, I have to go physically turn on the collar if it has been several hours, which defeats part of the purpose of having a remote. If my dogs get out and into my neighbors' yard, I can't call them back with the collar, and they aren't good at coming to me yet without the beep on the collar. I notified the manufacturer of this issue, and they were very responsive. They corrected the information on the product page that said they automatically turn on when motion is detected and gave me a refund for my purchase since the description was wrong.