How Do Dog e-Collars Work - Basic Explanation?

How Do Dog e-Collars Work - Basic Explanation?

e-Collars are a great option for your dog. There are 2 general functions of an e-collar.

  • GPS Tracking
  • Training

Some collars serve a single purpose, other higher end collars provide both functions.  If your dog likes to roam the neighborhood or frequently escapes his enclosure, or if you simply just want to keep track of your buddy, a GPS tracking collar is ideal.  This option is so much better than an Apple Air Tag to locate your pet, an Air Tag requires an i-phone to convey a static location.  A GPS Tracking Collar provides real time tracking, and some models have a compatible mobile phone app to visibly show your pets movement and allow you to control many functions of the collar. Other features include a remote transmitter to send an audible message that your pet will respond to by returning to back to you.  Other GPS features will be discussed in a follow-on blog.  GPS trackers are very popular with hunters who have dogs that may roam over a large area, the tracking collar will provide peace of mind that you can find your dog.

Training collars have many more features, but their primary function is to help you train your dog. Training collars have 2 components: a transmitter and a receiver.  The receiver is embedded in the collar and the transmitter is held by the owner.  The transmitter is used to send a stimulation to the dog either as a variable level vibration, a tone or a pulse to get your dog's attention when performing unwanted behaviors.  It is important to note these are not shock collars, they do not send a high voltage signal.  The collars generate a mild tickling sensation that gets the dogs attention, it does not harm the dog. The collar must be properly fitted to work properly and deliver the right level of stimulation.  

There are many other features that will be discussed in follow on posts.

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