How long can my dog wear the E-collar

How long can my dog wear the E-collar

Feb 03 2020 4 Comments basics dog care safety using e-collar

This is one of the more frequent questions from the dog owners. For those who use the e-collar for their dog, the most important thing they should be aware of is that the e-collar is a training device. It should be used only for training sessions and the dog can’t wear it 24/7.

Below you can find several things that you will need to be mindful of while using the e-collar for your dog.

E-collar size

For the training sessions to be effective, you will need to ensure that the size of the e-collar suits your dog perfectly. If it feels tight around the dog’s neck, it can cause them discomfort as the prongs might be poking the dog and cause an injury. On the other side, if the e-collar feels slack, then the contact points will not be touching the dog at all, rendering your efforts in using the e-collar to be useless.

As a general guide, always ensure that you can insert at most 2 fingers between the e-collar and the dog’s neck. This will ensure that it fits the dog nicely and hence able to serve its intended purpose.

Settings on e-collar

Assuming that you have eased your dog into wearing the e-collar, the next important step that you will need to take is by knowing exactly what correction mode as well as the intensity of the stimulus that you should be using on the dog. This is an important step that most owners might miss out on! Some owners go about training the dog via the e-collar without knowing the limits of the collar.

If the above resonates with you, then it is high time you change your methodology and start to know what the correct settings are. For starters, always ensure that you start by adjusting the setting to its lowest. As you slowly, gradually increase the intensity, you will need to look at the dog’s response to it before increasing it further.

Time of wearing the e-collar.

Last but not least, owners have the misconception that it is ok for the dog to wear the e-collar at all times. Unfortunately, this is a harmful practice that should be stopped. There are various reasons why you shouldn’t do so. Let us find out what could go wrong if the dog wears the e-collar for prolonged periods, and how long can the dog wear the e-collar for.

- What can happen if my dog wear an E-collar for prolonged periods?

If you left the e-collar on the dog for long periods in a day, it could cause bed sores or pressure necrosis on the dog's neck. With pressure necrosis, the skin around the affected area will gradually die off because blood cannot flow to the affected area due to the constriction of blood capillaries. It can also cause bed sores to the dog, and this is an excruciating process that no dogs should suffer from. Think of it as bedsore that bedridden patients suffer from after staying in bed for long periods.

- If wearing the E-collar on the dog for long periods can cause damage to the dog’s skin, what would be the maximum amount of time that the dog should be allowed to wear the e-collar?

As a general rule of thumb, the dog should not be wearing the e-collar uninterruptedly for more than 4 hours a day. Most of the time, owners flout this rule when they forget to take the e-collar off the dog, allowing their canine friend to wear the e-collar throughout the night. Hence, you will need to develop the habit of removing the training tool after each training session. When you do so, you can take the chance to inspect the dog’s neck for any signs of pressure necrosis too.

Following these safety rules will provide you an excellent training time with your dog! 👍


  • Excellent read. I have just started using an e collar on a large rescue dog and have been getting advice from other people that I did not agree with as leaving the collar on all day, my only intention with this was to keep him in my yard as well as correcting bad behaviour with the dogs next door

    Helen on
  • So, our dog is amazing well behaved 99% of the time. Sometimes she ‘guards’ me. For example: I am sitting on the couch reading while my husband is in the office on the computer. He walks in and immediately starts growling and runs to put herself between us. My husband and has a good relationship with her. He walks her every night, he’s involved with her training, too. (She is 3 years old she has been part of us since she was 3 months.) I have tried getting up and moving away from her when I hear him coming. He has tried calling her to him while he is walking into the room. We started using the E collar. I would put it on at various times of the day and we would ‘test’. With the collar on, you can see that she ‘knows’ it’s on and does not growl or put herself between us. Instead she will look to me and I tell how good she is and my husband pets her and gives her a treat and also praises her. I should let you know we have never used the ‘zap’ part of the control on her. When we were using it when she was younger, 95% of the time the ‘beep’ was enough to get her attention. Occasionally the ‘vibration’ was needed to get her attention from a strong distraction (ie: squirrel, bird etc. ) I’m stymied here on how to break her of this mew behavior.

    L T on
  • The best investment I could have made for me and my Golden Retriever Katie. It took only 2 to 3 days and she knew with the collar on and off to behave. I only use the tone settings now and she knows. 5 STARS !!!!

    Michael Lawler on
  • Thank you for this information. We are looking at getting the static collars for our medium size dogs, for the most part they behave well, however breaking bad habits formed before we got them has proven to be difficult, especially when the positive reinforcement has not worked.
    My husband is so frustrated he wants to leave them on all the time. I feel we should only put them on when we typically have problems, like riding in the car or go to places they are so excited they just dont pay attention. Personally I think it wont take long, but we’ve tried the vibrate and beeps collars and once they figured out wasn’t that annoying or hurt, they just ignore it, which is even more frustrating for us.
    The only thing weve found detours them is a squirt bottle. However again, not something I can use at a distance.

    Sandra Rodgers on

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