5-Step Tutorial of E-Collar Training for Beginners

Aug 27 2021 e-collar training

5-Step Tutorial of E-Collar Training for Beginners

 Decided to train your dog with an e-collar but don't know where to start? Or are you completely confused about those multiples ways how use this tool described by different trainers?

This article takes you through everything the beginner trainer needs to know for a successful and properly organized training session with an e-collar. Let's get started!

​​What is an E-collar? 
PetSpy M686B Dog Training Collar

Also known as a remote training collar or shock collar, it’s a system that includes a Remote Transmitter and Receiver Collar with two contact points for providing stimulation to the dog. It allows you to grab the pet's attention during the training session and help them understand the difference between good and bad behavior. 

The e-collar continues to generate much debate among dog owners about its effectiveness and appropriateness. But in fact, this tool is entirely safe and, when used correctly, helps to train the canine fast in the most human way.

When to use E-collar for dog training?

So, what situations require the use of a remote training collar? There are two big blocks:

  1. For teaching obedience
  2. To eliminate misbehavior

In turn, we see a great potential of these collars for use with deaf dogs. Essentially, each collar has three functions: shock, vibration, and tone. And it is the vibration function that is ideal for a deaf pet. Just imagine that after a few training sessions, you can get your furry friend off the leash and let them walk in peace. At the same time, you will always be able to "call" your furry friend by sending a slight vibration.

How should I start training?

Step 1. Make sure your dog is ready for the training with a remote training system. 

The first indicator here is the dog's age. They must be over six months old.

Apart from that, look at the dog’s temperament. It will help you better understand which stimulation to use and how better organize a training session.

Step 2. Learn how to fit the receiver on the dog’s neck correctly.

Following these two points is the basis for a beginner trainer.

  1. The correct placement of the receiver. It should be on the dog's neck just below the ears, and contact points must touch the skin. If your pet has very long hair or is double-coated, it would be better to trim the fur right where the probes are.
  2. Tightness of the strap. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar strap and the dog's neck. This allows the receiver to be correctly fixed and provides stimulation.

how to fit dog shock collar

Step 3. Find your dog’s level.

So, when the receiver is on the pet, it is time to find the level of stimulation that is enough for them to training efficiently: 

  1. With level 1 of stimulation on the remote, press the vibration button continuously. Keep in mind, we recommend starting with vibration and use shock only in emergencies.
  2. Repeat sending the stimulation at the same level several times, even if your dog shows no reaction. Only then go to one step upper level.

Important: even a slight change in your dog’s behavior indicates that they feel the stimulation.

  1. Move up through the stimulation levels until your dog reacts.

Step 4. Stick to consistency in training with your dog.

The main principle here is to move from one command to another and take your time. Each training session should only be for one or two commands, depending on your dog's temperament, age, and speed to learn the new material. It is individual for each pet, but we recommend taking 10-15 minutes sessions. This time is enough for your buddy to train the new command.

Make sure that you finish with every class, and do not move to another if your pet is not ready or needs more time. Our blog can help you as we have step-by-step training for every command you need.

Step 5. Schedule every workout!

Yes, your dog also needs to know when to be ready to go. How to choose the time for training with your four-legged friend? You need to take a closer look at their habits. What time is your pet most active? This period will be most successful and provide quick results. 


Of course, it is just the beginning of the journey. Dog training is something you can get better at only with practice. Good luck!

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