Shock Collars for Dogs

Shock Collars for Dogs are sometimes known as “dog shock collars” and “Electric dog collars” tend to be used to discourage a certain behavior in a dog. More often than not these are used to control unnecessary barking. These collars consist of a sensor to detect the bark and a pair of electrodes or similar to administer a small harmless shock to the dog. More advanced devices can adjust the level of the shock depending upon how many shocks have been administered before. The main problem with these devices is that the dog is being consistently punished for it’s bad behavior. This may seem ideal initially but it is far from this.

Training a dog involves much more than punishing the dog every time it is bad. In fact, using positive reinforcement and praise when the dog stops behaving badly can have a much more positive effect. Getting to the root of the behavioral problem is the best approach. Only then can a preventative training method be implemented. Consider the case of a dog that chews and barks because it misses it’s owner during the day. The barking and chewing is a product of the dog feeling anxious. If the dog receives an electrical shock every few minutes, that anxious behavior will be compounded. Read this article for further training information.

For cases where the owner is not present, a far more humane method of discouragement can be implemented. This involves a similar type of collar that detects a bark but the collar releases a natural spray of Citronella that discourages the dogs behavior. These can be used as a complementary method to other training.

Now, you have to keep in mind that it will only zap them if they go where they’re not supposed to. It works more like a negative reinforcement than it does a literal punishment. When we watched our cat interact and frolic about with it on, it was sadly ineffective. Either our cat is invulnerable to pain, or it’s simply not strong enough to bother him. In the end you may or may not want to give shock collars for dogs a shot. It all depends on your dog and the situation. If you would like more information, just hop online for the scoop.

The term shock collar is a term used to describe a family of electronic training collars(also called e-collars or electronic collars). The collar produces an static pulse stimulation at varying degrees of intensity and duration to the dog via a small transmitter incorporated into a dog collar. Some collar models also include a tone or vibrational setting, as an alternative to or in conjunction with the static pulse stimulation. Others include integration with Internet mapping capabilities and GPS to locate canines or alert owners of their whereabouts.

Originally used in the 1960s to train gun dogs, Early collars were very high powered and could be harmful if used incorrectly. Electronic collars are now readily available and have been applied to a wide range of purposes, including behavioral modification, anti-theft and GPS location and tracking, obedience training, and pet containment, as well as military, police and service training. While similar systems are available for other animals, the most common are the collars designed for domestic dogs.

Electronic collars may be used in conjunction with positive reinforcement and / or utilizing other principles of operant conditioning, depending on the trainer’s methods either as a form of positive punishment, where the stimulation is applied at the moment an undesired behavior occurs, in order to reduce the frequency of that behavior; or as a form of negative reinforcement, where a continuous stimulation is applied until the moment a desired behavior occurs, in order to increase the frequency of that behavior.

Some trainers use a low level of electrical stimulation as a marker and pair it with a reward, making the collar a conditioned reinforcer, similar to clicker training. Some electronic collars include vibration or tone-only settings, which can be used as a “neutral stimulus” for most dogs. Successful operation and usage of electronic collars require the guidance of a professional who specializes in these types of devices. As with any dog training tool, improper usage, abuse, and negligence can create undesirable results.

Early electronic collars were used to “stop and shock” hunting dogs who were diverted from their job by distractions, such as chasing prey animals which were not being hunted by the handler, or to force the dog to release an animal it had retrieved for the handler. These collars were bulky and unsophisticated in terms of functionality. The early models had significant technical limitations: they had only one to three levels of intensity, which could not be changed once the collar was on the dog. The lowest level of shock was also of a higher intensity than minor corrections required.

Electronic collar manufacturers quickly realized that there were many applications for a collar that could help them direct the dog when it was far away or distracted. The popularity of these devices expanded from sporting dog owners to companion dog owners and service dog trainers. Modern developments have seen significant improvement in reliability and sensitivity. Most current devices deliver a controlled electrical stimulation, ranging from low levels of e-stim (creating a tickling or tingling effect) to medium levels (a level which annoys or startles) to high levels .

It should be noted that there is standardization for these devices and that dogs differ in sensitivity so that comfort and reliability can fluctuate in some cases. Pulse duration and waveform, pulse repletion rate, size and type of electrodes, distance between electrodes, voltage and electric current levels, as well as the fit of the collar all factor into the amount and comfort of signal the dog receives. The best available collars have a wide range of settings beginning with extremely mild stimulation, and often have a pager function that causes the collar to vibrate. These collars also have automatic shut-off features. It is controlled by the human except with bark collars, the dog sets its own boundary.

Types of devices

Pet containment systems:
The most common use of electronic collars is pet containment systems that are used to keep a dog inside the perimeter of the residence without the construction of a physical barrier. This use of electronic collars is enjoying an upsurge in popularity among many people today, especially in areas where local laws or homeowners’ associations prohibit the construction of a physical fence. Available systems include: in-ground installation to preserve the aesthetics of the yard; above ground installation to reinforce an existing barrier that was not sufficient in containing the dog; and wireless systems to allow for indoor use.

Most pet containment systems work by installing a wire around the perimeter of the yard. The wire carries no current but forms a closed loop with a circuit box that transmits a radio signal to the receiver collar worn by the dog.

As the dog approaches the perimeter the collar will give the dog a warning tone or vibration; if the dog attempts to cross the wire the collar will administer an electronic current, the intensity and frequency of which is preset by the owner. The warning tone or vibration is avoidance training — the dog does not associate the warning with the stimulation, and responds to the warning, thus avoiding the shock entirely. Dogs must to introduced to the containment system with training, however, so that they learn the boundary line that they must avoid.

Another form of pet containment is called a “scat mat” and is a battery operated or plug in pad that emits a mild but annoying “static electricity” sensation if the animal walks on it — or if the owner walks on it barefoot. These pads are used in hallways to prevent entry or exit from a room, or on furniture, windowsills, or counters to prevent animals from getting on them. Generally the animal learns within a few repetitions to avoid the mat.