"Educator Collars" for dogs of all sizes

The 280 NCP is suitable for any breed of dog, it’s the collar I use on my own dogs every day.
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Built with enhanced precision and ergonomics, the Dogtra 200C e-collar is a compact intuitive remote training tool for even the mildest mannered dogs of 10 pounds and up. The Dogtra 200C offers many of the same features found in a full sized professional e-collar remote trainers – it is a great choice for basic obedience training and entry level field work.

The new ergo dynamic 200C handheld transmitter is designed with the user in mind by optimally placing buttons for one-handed operation. The patented front facing Rheostat Intensity dial with 1-100 stimulation levels is conveniently located near your thumb for gradual and precise control. Stimulation and non-stimulation buttons are intuitively placed by your fingers, allowing you the ‘no-look’ control to focus on dogs in action.
Dogtra Collars are suitable for dogs over 10 pounds and over 6 months of age.
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In this study, we aimed to fill three important gaps in our knowledge of the use of e-collars for training pet dogs. Firstly, we described the responses of dogs in the field to training with an e-collar. Secondly, we investigated whether the welfare of dogs trained with an e-collar was necessarily compromised in comparison to approaches which did not rely on use of e-collars, when trying to address the most common problems for which e-collars are often advocated. Finally we investigated the efficacy of e-collar training in addressing these problems in comparison to other approaches. In the first study, which also acted as a preliminary for the main experimental study, we used largely qualitative observational methods to describe the responses of dogs being routinely trained with e-collars, since accurate information from the everyday use of these devices has been missing from the scientific literature . In the main experimental study we used the information gained from this initial work to execute a quantitative assessment of the behavioural and physiological effects of different training regimes on animals exhibiting typical problems for which e-collars are advocated. By controlling for trainer and method of training, we were able to evaluate whether the use of an e-collar produced a significantly different result compared to a regime that did not use an e-collar, both in terms of the welfare of the subject being trained and the resolution of the problem for which the owner was seeking help. This latter study was conducted using e-collar training protocols that were consistent with the published recommendations advocated by collar manufacturers – and delivered by trainers with considerable experience of training with and without e-collars. Data from these dogs were compared with data from dogs trained by the same trainers but without e-collars and by trainers who were members of the APDT (UK), an organisation that does not advocate the use of e-collars. By doing this we could control for the risk of any potential bias towards the use of the e-collar. I don’t have a Border Collie, but here are some things that work well for my dogs –
Photo provided by FlickrThe new Dogtra IQ Yard Training Collar is a small, yet powerful, electronic training collar for dogs as small as ten pounds.
Photo provided by FlickrFor those who are against them: do you feel the same way about invisible fencing and the shock collars worn by dogs with those?
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BTW, before we get too deeply into this topic and everyone starts calling the Humane Society on me, let me explain what the stimulation is like. If you have ever dragged your shoes across a carpet and then reached for a doorknob and gotten a shock you have received the same sort of stimulation as comes from the Ecollars. It is unpleasant, but does no physical damage. I have given myself thousands of shocks from the collars in demonstrating them and insist that my clients receive stimulations from the collars as well, before using them on their dogs. There is an excellent video called the "Three Action introduction" in which you are led step-by-step through a lesson as you teach a dog to Come, Go out, and Stop. The speed with which the dogs learn these basic maneuvers is simply amazing. Before you spend the money on a collar I strongly suggest that you get this video and watch it several times. You will see "hard headed" dogs and "soft" dogs trained with the Ecollar. But one more example before I leave you. I train police dogs and when the dog receives the command to stop biting I want him to return to the handler as quickly as possible. This is so that he can fulfill his primary duty, protecting the handler. Having the dog return to the handler also allows an arrest team can take the suspect into custody without the dog present so none of them gets bitten. The collar I use has a dial that allows me to turn the stimulation level up and down continuously. (Think of a dimmer switch on a light.)Blunt Stimulation is the term used for wide pulse stimulation providing a muscle reflex response not a jerking response found in narrow pulse stimulation systems. For the most humane solution to off leash control without undue discomfort to your dog, use these collars. When you see a dog being stim'ed with a non-wide pulse you'll see the tale-tale head jerk, even at very low levels. It's caused by the causing the muscles to contract quickly. If you think about it visually on a graph over time the "blunt" will look like a plateau ( / ) while a ''non-blunt'' receiver looks like a peak (/). The output is the same but the result is not. You want "blunt" (even though it sounds like you're hitting them with a hammer; reference our comment about them not being good at explanations). The explanation about batteries above now become important. The and the has a lower, shorter "blunt" sensation. It's great for most dogs but may lack the juice needed at higher stim levels. The will have a 'smoother' stim because of the battery. Pick your poison, battery life or power. The 800 receiver has a wider pulse than the 300 which increases the energy for a given voltage by 20%. Bottom line is the 300 has enough power for 90% of the dogs. However, there are other factors that determine the dogs response. (1) The respect the dog has for the handler, we have had experience with the more powerful breeds working great on low levels for the professional handler and than go home with the owner and not respond and we needed to swap out the 300 for the 800, rare but does happen.. (2) Breeds with a thick undercoat (Huiskies, Malumutes, etc.) need the wider pulse of the 800 to push through the undercut especially in dry and cold climates, using the thick hair contact points do mitigate this issue in most cases