Today a friend told me he had heard that ecollars could be used in a proper way, but the ones they were told try try were expensive. He handed me a collar he got for a big discount and it is discounted. I'll provide a link here and it is an affiliate link, in the interest of fairness. However, I'm going to say up front that I personally would not buy this particular collar. It's called a Petrainer Shock collar which might tell you something up front and there may be a reason it's on sale at such a low price. The biggest issue I have with it is that the description is somewhat vague about how it works. I wonder if the promo code that is being pushed is to make quick sales before people realize that it isn't like a normal e-collar. I don't know for sure, but because it's a big promotional item right now, I want the word out.
I do believe in using many different tools to train dogs. That does include certain collars that use a technology that sends a vibration or sometimes an Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at a very low level. This stimulation is delivered at a level that tingles very softly at minimum and contracts a muscle in a massage-like way at maximum. A good ecollar when used at low levels simply puts a tiny amount of pressure on a dog which gives the dog a signal that you want it to listen to a command. Some dogs need higher levels due to thick fur and some just need the smallest feeling or even just the vibration. (Subdermal or transcutaneous nerve stimulation is used by physical therapists to sooth sore muscles or help heal injuries. A "shock" is totally different, like what is given to cattle by an electrical fence and is unnecessary for dog training.)
A collar like the Ecollar Mini Educator is used by some of the most humane (and best) trainers and dog-training YouTube influencers. I'll do a whole topic on the training methods and some of my favorite videos later on. In the meantime, though, I wanted to say that even if you can buy a "shock" collar for a very low price, I very sincerely believe that it's worth the price to get a proper tool that delivers a light stimulation over something else. Otherwise, you don't really need the ecollar anyway, as there are plenty of other training methods that work great and I've used many of them myself since before they had good ecollars on the market. Give it some thought before you buy!
One last thing in case this is not clear. I've provided links to two training collars, and I do believe one (by ecollar - see image below) is a useful tool for some trainers. I do not believe that a ecollar is right for every dog or dog owner, and I do not think one is necessary for great dog training. Feel free to agree or disagree respectfully in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts on ecollars and the two collars I've mentioned here. Thanks for reading!
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