How to Properly Train a Dog with a Shock Collar

How to set up a Dog Shock Collar

Setting up the dog Shock collar or vibrating dog training collar seems quite easy. However, many people still do it wrong. These are easy steps to follow if you are using a dog collar, especially for the first time.

  • Dog trainers should attach collars to the dog's neck carefully.
  • Ensure to turn off the collar before taking steps to fit it on your dog's neck.
  • Also, ensure that your dog is standing in a comfortable position.
  • Fit the collar close to the neck and allow the center pins to make contact with the dog's skin.
  • For collar with adjustment levels, use two buttons on the collar head to set the sensitivity level.

The collar will give a warning tone after your dog's first and second bark. If your dog then barks the third time, the collar will adjust to the sound and vibration. The intensity of the vibration will be adjusted to up until the 7th bark.

For further details on specific dog collars, check the instruction manual.

Things you must to Know Before using a Dog Shock Collar
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  • The collar must not be too tight on the dog's neck.
  • If the collar stays for too long on the dog's neck, it may cause burns and lead to damage to the skin. Skin necrosis is a common side effect of the improper use of the collar and must be avoided.
  • Ensure the maximum hour of use of a shock collar per day is within 10-12 hours
  • Occasionally reposition the collar on your dog's neck during the day.
  • Ensure to check and charge (for chargeable electric types) the battery weekly and keep the collar dry as much as possible.
  • Always avoid connecting the lead to the dog collar to prevent pressure on the contacts.
  • Ensure to clean the interior side of the collar weekly as well as your dog's neck.
  • Always check the contact area on a daily basis for tendencies of developing rash or sore on your dog.
  • If any rash or sore is notices, remove the collar and allow the skin spot to heal.
  • In situations where you observe persistence in issues, seek the help of your veterinarian.
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