Dog Shock Collars
If you're new to dog ownership then you may have heard of dog shock collars. If you do not know much about them or how they work then it is time to read this buyers guide to dog shock collars so that you can make an informed decision on the right one for your dog. A dog shock collar is a small electronic collar that gives a very small electrical shock to your dog when it starts to act out of line. These collars come in two varieties - the choke collar and the spray dog shock collar. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. You'll want to learn about them both so that you can make an informed decision on which type will best suit your dog.
A dog shock collar uses very small electronic transceivers to deliver a small electrical impulse to your dog when it starts to exhibit unwanted behavior. They are most often used to control overactive, misbehaved dogs. You can safely use them on any dog including adult dogs, young puppies and even older dogs, but there are certainly some important precautions that you should follow. Thankfully, there are many good dog shock collar models, types that perform well for dog obedience training.
Here's a quick review of a couple of the most popular models available: The handheld Clicker Training Collar is very similar to the remote range dog shock collar. You simply attach the clip to your dogs collar and then programmable training behaviors into the device. This makes it easy to use and enables you to easily program several different training scenarios. Once you program your dog to respond to specific behaviors, it becomes much easier to teach them the behaviors you want them to learn.
While this may be a proven behavior modification tool, many dog owners and trainers find that the Click and Clack Claws model works much better. It uses no batteries, making it completely portable and safe. This model works great with many dogs from very small to very large breeds.
It's important to note that the Click and Claws model works great with only one low intensity setting. There are also two mode selections: Simple and Aggressive. You can set the intensity to low or high to mimic a real danger to your dog, be it a real danger or something as simple as being in a particular area. There are several programs available, allowing you to fine tune the stimulation level for different types of behavior. If you're looking for a more aggressive option, you'll find plenty of options in this range as well.
When you program the Click and Claws dog shock collar to activate with a high-intensity setting, you set the behavior you want to correct (aggression) to occur. You do not actually shock your dog; you simply send a high-pitched sound wave toward the dog's body. This is in turn startling the animal and causing it to either stop their aggressive behavior or to run away. The surprising aspect of the waves is that they are inaudible to the dog. They don't hear the high pitched sound but they perceive it as an angry noise. This is the desired effect - the dog will either run away or return to its owner or trainer in order to decrease the amount of stimulation it receives.
The other mode of stimulation is less extreme, and is used when there isn't an immediate threat to the dog. For example, in a training situation where a dog must remain on a leash in an emergency situation, the Click and Claws system can be set to provide the dog with vibrations in the collar when it reaches a certain level of proximity to the handler. This will ensure that the dog understands that if it continues to move in the direction of the handler, it will receive a greater amount of shocks.
As you can see, the uses of dog shock collars are both non-lethal and can be used for a variety of purposes. It is up to you as the owner to determine what your pooch needs most. If it's security, then opt for an electronic model. If it's basic health care or protection against stray animal bites, then an electrical model is advisable. In any case, research each model to determine the level of shock it provides and how it should be used for the intended purpose. With the proper model, you can create a safe and effective training device for your pooch.