The use of remote training collars for dogs is a highly emotional topic. Debates often deteriorate into name calling, personal attacks and accusations of animal cruelty. However, not all dog collars are shock collars. Many of them have beep and vibrate functions that are highly effective training tools.
In beep mode, training collars emit a beep when the controller is pressed. Dog trainers use this beep as a marker, much like clicker training uses a clicker for positive reinforcement. For a beep to be effective, however, a dog must have prior training to associate the sound with a particular consequence. Trainers can also use a beep as an interrupt signal similar to blowing a whistle.
In vibrate mode, training collars use vibration to get a dog’s attention. This function works much like a vibrating phone or pager. Like the beep, trainers use vibration as a marker or interrupt signal. Neither mode delivers an electric shock to dogs. However, all training collars have a shock function that delivers an electric current to stimulate the dog.
Companies like Dogtra produce dog training collars that are designed for the most challenging training conditions. Customers can find collars for small breed training, sporting dogs and even K-9 Police work. These innovative collars use electronic shock, vibration, beeps and clicks to shape a dog’s obedience.