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Dog Training Collars Buyer's Guide

Dog Training Collar Buyer's Guide

"Solve behavior problems. Teach basic obedience. Train your dog to do almost ANYTHING." --

Dog training collars are extremely safe and effective tools. You can solve your dog's behavior problems, teach your dog basic obedience commands, and train your dog to do almost anything.

Picking the right training collar for you and your dog can be a very daunting task. At Gun Dog Supply, you can choose from around 100 different kinds of remote dog training collars from 7 different manufacturers: Sport DOG, Tritronics, Innotek, DT Systems, Dogtra, E-Collar Technologies, and PetSafe.

I have written this guide to give you some insight into how I help folks choose the right collar without blowing their budget. Much of this guide is what you would get if you called me on the phone. This information comes from my experience using the products that we sell.

Overwhelmed by choices? Jump over to my Dog Training Collar "Quick Picks" which will help you quickly decide which electronic dog collar you need based on price and range.



buy  Read Steve's Quick Picks for Dog Training Collars

Read Steve's Quick Picks for Dog Training Collars

Don't have a lot of time? Just look at these quick picks!        

buy  Our Best Selling Remote Dog Training Collars

Our Best Selling Remote Dog Training Collars

Our Best Sellers, ranked in order of units sold. These are the most popular systems that we sell.        

buy  What do you want to do with your dog?

What do you want to do with your dog?

Correct your dog's basic behavior problems or teach your dog basic obedience commands.        

buy  How much should you spend on a dog training collar?

How much should you spend on a dog training collar?

Price matters! There are several nice dog training collars priced under $200. You can get a great training collar for under $250, and you can get the collar I use for under $290.        

buy  How much range do you need in a remote training collar?

How much range do you need in a remote training collar?

Short range collars may work on pets in the back yard, but not for working a dog off-leash. Most folks can get by with a medium range, 1/2 mile collar. Big running pointing dog? Stop chasing of unwanted game? You need a long range, 1-mile system. REMEMBER: Too much range will never hurt, but too little range can be a BIG problem.        

buy  What training do I need to use a dog training collar?

What training do I need to use a dog training collar?

We recommend that you get some instruction whether from reading a training book, watching a video, or working with a professional dog trainer.        

buy  What are the differences in transmitter controls?

What are the differences in transmitter controls?

More than you ever wanted to know about transmitter controls: dials, rheostats, buttons, LCD screens, toggle switches and dog selector dials...        

buy  What are the differences in transmitter (remote) sizes?

What are the differences in transmitter (remote) sizes?

We sell remote collars that range from really small size transmitters (E-Collar Technologies ET-300TS) to the largest on the Market (SportDOG SD-2525). We also have many sizes in between.        

buy  What are the differences in types of stimulation?

What are the differences in types of stimulation?

Most folks use Continuous Stimulation for training while Momentary Stimulation can be used to correct known commands with trained dogs.        

buy  What are the differences in stimulation levels between manufacturers?

What are the differences in stimulation levels between manufacturers?

Most of the stimulation levels on these products tend to be similar, but the manufacturers do not number them the same. A level 3 on a Tri-Tronics is not the same as a level 3 on an Innotek, DT Systems, Dogtra or SportDOG collar.        

buy  What about tone or vibration modes?

What about tone or vibration modes?

Many of the collars that we sell have a non-stimulation communication mode which can be used to give the dog a warning, give the dog praise, or for issuing silent commands.        

buy  What about collar fit and probe length?

What about collar fit and probe length?

Dogs with short coats (English pointers, GSP, brittanys, beagles, hounds) use short probes, while dogs with longer, thicker coats (labs, goldens and Chessies) may need the longer probes.        

buy  What kind of batteries are best for you?

What kind of batteries are best for you?

Compare dog training collar systems powered by rechargeable batteries for both transmitter/remote & collar/receiver to systems powered by a rechargeable collar/receiver battery with a replaceable transmitter/remote battery, usually a 9-volt.        

buy  All About Multi-Dog Units (What if you have more than one dog?)

All About Multi-Dog Units (What if you have more than one dog?)

Control multiple dogs from one transmitter! Toggle switches (or separate buttons) let you pick the dog to correct. Nowadays many systems are expandable, too, so you can add collars as you add dogs or your training needs change.        

buy  What if you want a beeper collar and a remote trainer?

What if you want a beeper collar and a remote trainer?

Browse a number of collars designed for specific kinds of dogs and certain hunting applications.        

buy  Where are these remote training collars made?

Where are these remote training collars made?

Tri-Tronics and E-Collar Technologies collars are assembled in the USA. Dogtra and DT Systems collars are made in South Korea. SportDOG, Petsafe and Innotek collars are made in China.        

buy  What if I don't like the dog training collar I ordered?

What if I don't like the dog training collar I ordered?

Don't like it? Send it back! All of the remote dog training collars that we sell come with a 30 Day No Risk Money Back Guarantee.        

buy  What kind of warranty do they have?

What kind of warranty do they have?

Every dog training collar we sell comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, but after 30 days the manufacturer's warranty kicks in. Comparing warranties from one company to another is tricky, but here goes        

buy  Customer Questions about Remote Dog Training Collars

Customer Questions about Remote Dog Training Collars

Generally, what you are doing with your dog determines if you really need a remote training collar or not. I feel that if you can't train a dog without an ecollar then you can't train a dog with one. It's just a tool. It's like saying "I can't believe they use nail guns now to build houses. This hammer does the job just fine."        

buy  Will a cheap dog training collar do the job?

Will a cheap dog training collar do the job?

All of the dog training collars we sell are good collars from manufacturers who stand behind their products: Garmin / Tri-tronics, SportDOG, DT Systems, Dogtra, and E-Collar Technologies.