Training Methods

E-Collar Training

Raven & Lizza

While marker and treat training is a great way to teach your dog commands, the most effective way for a dog to be off leash and under complete control is through the use of an e-collar. An e-collar is a useful tool for encouraging desired behavior while being safe and reliable with nearly every breed and personality of dog.  Dogs are more focused, attentive, and cooperative when trained with e-collars and demonstrate a calmness and confidence not seen with other methods. The dependancy of a leash is eliminated allowing the dog to be off-lead, which gives the dog a sense of freedom and responsibility. This promotes a very strong bond with the trainer, and increases the dog’s trust level with the trainer. A typical training session consists of very few corrections, lots of verbal and physical praise and a dog very willing to work as a team with it’s handler.

What is an e-collar?

An e-collar is wireless collar the dog wears around their neck that is operated by a handler who uses a hand-held transmitter.  The collar has metal prongs that can vary in length in order to maintain contact with the dog’s skin. The transmitter sends a radio signal to the receiver on the dog’s neck producing a “Nick” or “Constant” stimulation. The Nick is a quick stimulation, no more than a fraction of a second and is the most effective tool in basic e-collar obedience. The Constant button produces a stimulation for a limited period of time. It can be used as a Nick or if the button is held down it will produce a short continuous stimulation then shut off. This button is only used for emergency situations or to get the dog to stop unwanted behavior immediately. This style of training is not designed to hurt your dog. When used correctly the training is done with a very low-level stimulation. So low in fact a person might not even be able to feel it! Eventually the dog will learn to operate on a vibration or tone only.

The remote allows the handler to change the level of stimulation at the transmitter. Levels of stimulation vary according to the distractions a dog is faced with and the level of drive the dog is working in. Many times during training a dog must be worked at a higher level of stimulation when it is faced with higher levels of distraction. This not only teaches your dog to listen instantly but gives you an off leash dog that responds with speed and precision in high distraction areas.

Your dog must be at least 5 months of age in order to be e-collar trained.This is basic e-collar obedience. Regular dog obedience training is always highly recommended before you advance your dog to an e-collar.



Small/Medium/Large Breeds:  Built to capture every moment with your dog, the Dogtra Combo e-collar gives you the immediate and accurate stimulation control by our unique Combination Boost Control system and advanced one-handed operation handheld Transmitter. Designed for dogs as small as 10 pounds, the Dogtra Combo is an intuitive and durable remote training tool– the perfect e-collar for pet training, hunting dogs, police K9 professionals, and serious amateurs. The versatile Dogtra Combo e-collar outputs Low-Mid stimulation in ½-mile range with the unique features necessary for professional e-collar trainers. The Dogtra Combo has 8 stimulation levels and is paired with the Combination Boost Control system that gives 3 levels of instant boost per stimulation level. The front facing Selector Step Dial and intuitively placed stimulation and non-stimulation input buttons on the functionally designed ergo dynamic handheld transmitter provides the ‘no-look’ control, letting you focus more on your dog. This is our standard e-collar for training.


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