At what age should e-collar training start

At what age should e-collar training start

Sep 20 2018 5 Comments basics puppy tips using e-collar

When it comes to donning e-collars on dogs, more often than not, you will wonder at what age should E-collar training start. This is especially true if you have a puppy. On the most instruction manual for E-collars, they will state that the E-collar should only be used on dogs who are at least 6 months in age. But how true is this, or perhaps there are other guidelines that will determine at what age should e-collar training start?

In my personal opinion, the age of the dog should only be a small part of the bigger picture. There are indeed other factors that you will need to consider other than age. True enough; puppies below 6 months of age might not be suited for e-collar training as they might not be adequately developed to appreciate training processes as well as the corrections that come with the e-collars. More importantly, there are several other factors that you should be mindful of when you start the e-collar training in your dog.

Age of dog

The age of the dog should be the first indication that you should look out for when you want to start e-collar training. For starters, we completely agree that dogs below the age of 6 months should not be exposed to e-collars. This is because, at the young age, they might not have the ability to understand the various types of stimulation correctly. Before 6 months you can focus more on clicker or whistle training. It will be a good base before e-collar classes.

Dog’s temperament

Apart from the age of the dog, you should look deeper into the dog’s temperament. This is one aspect that most dog owners ignore, which will have a disastrous effect on your dog should events go awry.

There are various temperaments that you will need to be mindful of, especially when you are just about to start e-collar training on your dog. For example, dogs who have a milder temperament might be adverse towards starting e-collar training at a younger age. Also, should the dog react negatively, it will cause long-term effects onto the dog’s characteristics.

Similarly, if the dog is aggressive in nature, you might want to be extremely careful when handling them during the e-collar training phase, as their aggressive nature might mean that they are tougher to handle.

Appropriateness of stimulation type

For e-collars, there are typically three main types of correction. Each of them is suited for different types of temperament, so it all links up!

  • Shock Stimulation:For shock stimulation, the e-collar will emit a correction when the trainer presses the stimulation button. The shock is harmless and indeed safe for dogs. Usually, dogs that are aggressive in nature, as well as older dogs, might be more receptive to this type of correction.
  • Vibration stimulation: If your dog is younger and timid in nature, then you can consider using a vibration stimulation.
  • Tone Stimulation: If your dog is extremely timid or he is very young, you can consider using tone stimulation.

PetSpy e-collars have all three types of stimulation with adjusting levels of each so that you can choose the proper for your dog. And if you are a first-time pet parents with a young pup, I suggest you to have a closer look at this model: PetSpy M686 Remote Training Collar.

Our recommendation is to purchase an e-collar and let your dog wear it for a few days without administering any stimulation. Once your dog does not reject the e-collar, you can start the training properly!


Hence, after this, what is the appropriate or best age to start e-collar training on your dog? It depends on the above-mentionedfactors. Most importantly. It will also be determined byyour readiness to train your dog patiently.

Our recommendation is to purchase an e-collar and let your dog wear it for a few days without administering any stimulation. Once your dog does not reject the e-collar, you can start the training properly!


  • We have a micro Goldendoodle, 4 months old , have never used a whistle, buzz collar before. This little guy is very smart BUT ornery! He gets in the waste cans and gets tissues and us old people are running after him trying to catch him, plus’s he’s constantly biting, puppy biting. But if I try and get the tissue out of his mouth it’s a mean growl and bite. I get it anyway . He is potty trained, GREAT! When do we use buzz collar? Loves walks, loves to go in car, loves to cuddle, sleeps in crate at night so mostly he’s good.

    Janice Neff on
  • No one said puppy training was going to be easy. Thanks for the helpful info. Cheers!

    Susan Martin on
  • Very informative. Thank you

    Lisa Rogers on
  • I’m running into listening issues with my husky. Have several concerns about using a shock collar as he is 7 months old. But now I think I will try.

    Ann on
  • I have just gotten a 20 weeks old puppy. She is lovely but she loves digging. I came across to your website and order the training collar for her. Was very happy to found the blog! Thanks for the information. I will be your regular reader..

    Patrick on

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