Best E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars In 2021/2022

 

If you’re looking for a remote training system for your dog/s, you’ll want to read this guide.

We’ve aimed to help you save time and effort researching by identifying the Best Shock Collars, E Collar and Remote Training Collars on the market.

We’ve picked out some of the more popular remote training collars for regular to advanced training, and provided reviews of those training systems.

We’ve also put together an FAQ type buyer’s guide with important information to consider when buying.

Let’s jump in and check them out!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Best E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars

Our top picks for the best e collars and remote dog training collars that suit a wide variety of dogs are:

 

Some of the more affordable, but still popular e collar/remote training collar models include:

Other ‘affordable’ e collar brands might include TBI, and Flittor. You can find review guides for them in the guide below. 

 

All of the above e collar models have all three of tone, vibration and static stimulation training modes.

 

If you are looking for a specialised remote trainer system for K-9, advanced and professional training, working dogs, sporting dogs, upland hunting, waterfowl hunting, and more, you can check out the range of e collar models in the reviews below.

 

Best E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars: Reviews

Below are reviews of some of the most prominent brands of e collars on the market (not all of these models are necessarily the best – but, they do represent a wide selection to choose from):

 

Educator

Educator ME-300 Micro Review

Educator FT-330 Finger Trainer E Collar Review

Educator ET-300 Mini Review

Educator ET-400 Review

Educator ET-800 ‘The Boss’ (& ET-800 Plus) Review

Educator PE-900 Pro E Collar Review

Educator EZ-900 E Collar Review

Educator PG-300 Vibration Collar Review

Educator UL-1200 Upland, & Wf-1200 Waterfowl Reviews

Educator K9-400 and K9-800 Reviews

Comparison Guide Of All The Educator E Collar Models

 

SportDOG

SportDOG YardTrainer 100S Review

SportDOG YardTrainer 100 Review

SportDOG YardTrainer 350 Review

SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X Review

SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS Review

SportDOG FieldTrainer 425 vs 425S vs 425X vs 425XS: Comparison, & What Are The Differences?

SportDOG SportHunter 825X Review

SportDOG SportHunter 1225X Review

SportDOG SportHunter 1825X Review

SportDOG SportTrainer 575, 875 and 1275 Reviews

SportDOG WetlandHunter 425X Review

SportDOG WetlandHunter 1825X Review

SportDOG UplandHunter 1875 Review

SportDOG ProHunter 2525 Review

SportDOG HoundHunter 3225 Review

SportDOG Remote Training Collars Reviews Guide

 

*Note – some of the main differences with the newer models of SportDOG e collars is that many have been upgraded from 7 stimulation levels to 21 levels.

Other models have been upgraded from replaceable batteries to rechargeable batteries.

There may be some other differences too – but, these are some of the main ones.

 

Cheaper/Affordable Options

DOG CARE Remote Dog Training Collar Review

PATPET Remote Dog Training Collar Review

Flittor Dog Shock Collar For Dogs: Review

TBI Pro Dog Training Collars: Reviews

 

Dogtra

Dogtra 1900S E Collar Review

Dogtra 1900S Wetland Review

Dogtra 1900S Black Edition Review

Dogtra Edge RT Review

Dogtra Edge Review

Dogtra iQ CLiQ Review

Dogtra IQ Plus Review

Dogtra Combo Review

Dogtra 2300NCP Review

Dogtra 200C Review

Dogtra 280C Review

Dogtra ARC Wetland Review

Dogtra ARC Handsfree Review

Dogtra ARC Review

Dogtra Remote Trainer & E Collar Reviews Guide

 

Garmin

Garmin Delta XC Review

Garmin Delta Sport XC Review

Garmin Delta Upland XC Review

Garmin Sport PRO Review

Garmin PRO 70 Review

Garmin PRO 550 Review

Garmin PRO Trashbreaker Review

Garmin Remote Dog Training Collar Reviews Guide

 

PetSafe

PetSafe Little Dog Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Big Dog Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Elite Little Dog Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Elite Big Dog Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Basic Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Yard and Park Remote Dog Trainer Review

PetSafe 100 Yard Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe 300 Yard Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe 600 Yard Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe 900 Yard Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Vibration Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Collarless Ultrasonic Remote Trainer Review

PetSafe Remote Spray Trainer Review

PetSafe SMART DOG Trainer Review

PetSafe Adventure Remote Dog Trainer Review

 

Brand Comparison

Educator E Collars vs SportDOG vs Garmin vs Dogtra Remote Trainer: Comparison Guide

 

Other Types Of E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars

Best E Collars For Small & Tiny Dogs

Best E Collars For Large, & Giant Dogs

Best Rechargeable E Collars 

Best Waterproof E Collars

Best E Collars For Hunting, Sporting & Working Dogs

Best E Collars For Basic & Advanced Training

Best E Collar For Long Haired Dogs

Best E Collar For Multiple Dogs

Best E Collar For Nipping

 

Best E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars For Dogs: Buyer’s Guide

E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar Buyers & FAQ Guide

You can read this guide which is an e collar and remote dog training collar buyers guide and FAQ guide.

In it, information is provided on the following:

What some of the best e collars might be

Factors to consider in deciding which e collar to buy

What the cost of an e collar is 

What size e collar to get

What is an e collar

Types of e collars

What is an e collar used for, and why use one

How to use an e collar

How to put an e collar on your dog

How to train a dog with an e collar

At what age to start using an e collar, and how long training takes

When you might consider using an e collar

Safety considerations for using an e collar

E collars vs bark collars

 

We’ve also provided some brief information on some of these points below.

 

What Is An E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar?

It is a form of electronic dog training that uses stimulation, tone and vibration to help correct or reinforce certain behaviors that the dog has already received training in.

The system allows a person to hold a handheld transmitter that sends a radio signal to a collar receiver on a dog’s neck.

The person holding the transmitter can instantaneously control what responses the collar receiver receives, such as stimulation, tone, vibration, and so on.

 

Types Of E Collars and Remote Dog Training Collars

E collars and remote dog training collars can be categorised into several different categories:

Based on the type of user they are designed for – e.g. regular owners, professional trainers

Based on the type of activity they are designed for – e.g. regular obedience, professional obedience, working dogs, hunting, and so on

Based on the size of dog they are designed for – e.g. 5lbs and up, 25lbs and up, 50lbs and up, etc.

Based on the temperament/disposition of the dog it’s designed for – soft, normal, and stubborn

Based on the range of the transmitter to the collar – 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, 1 mile, and so on

Based on the type of modes the collar offers – stimulation, tone, vibration, spray (like citronella), multi mode, etc.

 

There’s other types of e collars and remote dog training collars as well.

 

What Size E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar Do I Get?

In terms of size of the e collar, you might look for two main things:

– The weight range of the collar i.e. it might say ‘for dogs 8lbs and over’

– The neck size that the collar fits i.e. it might say for dogs with neck sizes 6 to 28 inches

 

So:

– Find out the weight of your dog

– Measure their neck size and compare it to the collar strap length that the collar comes with

– And, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s sizing specifications for the e collar you want

 

Can I Get A E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar For A Puppy?

It’s best to ask your dog’s vet at what age you can start using an e collar on a younger dog, especially a puppy.

Some remote training systems might recommend waiting until a dog is 6 months old, or until they are able to learn and remember verbal commands and other training before using an e collar.

Read the e collar product owner’s manual and instructions, and safety information for further information on minimum age requirements. 

 

Factors To Consider In Deciding Which E Collar Or Remote Dog Training Collar To Buy

Some of the main factors you might consider might be:

What sort of activity is the remote trainer for? – basic training, hunting?

What size dogs is it designed for? 8lbs and above? 10lbs and above?

What sort of dogs is the system designed for – regular, hunting, stubborn? Certain breeds?

What temperament of dog is the system for – soft and normal, or stubborn temperaments?

How many dogs can fit on the one trainer remote/transmitter – one, two, or more?

What is the price range of the system?

What buttons, dials and controls are on the handheld remote?

Is there a screen on the remote?

Are the collar and handheld remote water proof and submersible?

What is the range from the collar device to the hand device – how many feet or yards?

How many levels of static stimulation does it have?

What is the intensity of the stimulation – regular, or higher stimulation?

Are there one off and continuous stimulation controls available?

Are there also vibration and tone training options?

Are there different beeper audio options available?

How big is the collar device and how light is it?

Is the collar rechargeable, or does it use replaceable batteries? What batteries does it take?

Is the remote hand device rechargeable, or does is use replaceable batteries? What batteries does it take?

How long do the batteries last?

If rechargeable, how long does charging take

What collars is the system compatible with (from the same brand and other brands)?

What neck size of dog does the collar strap fit?

Are there additional features like a low battery indicator?

What are the full range of settings the system can be set to

How does operation work for the system?

What comes in the starter kit? (what size contact points are available as well – short, medium, long?). Some remote training collars come with long contact points for long haired dogs or working dogs

What is the warranty available, and what are the conditions?

Is there a money back guarantee – what are the conditions?

Where is the remote dog training system made – which country? Where is the seller based – which country?

Is there customer service available?

 

When Might You Consider Using An E Collar/Remote Training Collar?

Regular dog owners might look at using an e collar after they’ve checked off the following:

Once you’ve worked on building a strong bond with your dog & you have their trust

Once you’ve undertaken basic obedience with your dog, or advanced training courses

Once positive reinforcement training, using a leash, and without a remote dog training collar has been undertaken

Once you’ve consulted your dog’s vet

Once you’ve consulted a professional dog trainer

Once you’ve consulted the laws in your area as to the use of e collars

Once you’ve done your own research and due diligence on the use of e collars

 

Safety Considerations With A Remote Dog Training Collar

Safety is extremely important with a remote dog training collar.

Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.

Some general safety guidelines for using an e collar humanely might be:

Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the e collar and the safety of the dog as a priority 

Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the e collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines

Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer

Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using an e collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions

 

A good remote dog training collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm). It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body. 

To get a safe stimulation level – you can always start from the lowest stimulation level, and work your way up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).

A good e collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar system.

The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead.

Some owners like to even use their e collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).

 

What Is A Shock Collar, & Is It Different To An E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar?

‘Shock Collar’ is the outdated phrase used to describe an e collar or remote dog training collar.

E Collar is a more accurate phrase for the remote dog training type collars for a few reasons:

A good and safe remote training collar shouldn’t shock the dog, but rather stimulate their muscle. The static shouldn’t cause any pain to the dog

The static training mode (which is what ‘shock’ refers to) doesn’t need to be used. Vibrate or even sound/tone training modes can be used instead

 

Note – some people also refer to bark collars (which is a separate device altogether) as a shock collar.

 

Best E Collars & Remote Dog Training Collars For Basic Obedience & Advanced Training

Some of the best e collars for each type of training might include:

Basic Training

 

Advanced Training

Educator, SportDOG, Dogtra, and Garmin are all brands that have some good advanced training type e collars available.

As just one example, Educator has designed it’s K9-400 and K9-800 models for tactical dog training and obedience, especially for working dogs.

The Dogtra 1900S is also designed for the most demanding conditions, and for serious amateurs and professional trainers in pet obedience, hunting, competition trials, and K-9.

There are other e collars for advanced training available too though.

 

Best E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar For Stubborn Dogs

Stubborn dogs, and harder temperament of higher prey dogs may not respond to training with lower to medium levels of stimulation. 

Increased power and higher static level remote training collars are worth consideration in this instance.

We’ve identified a few e collars that may fit this criteria.

Our top picks for the best e collars & remote trainers for stubborn dogs are:

All of the above e collar models have all three of tone, vibration and static stimulation training modes.

 

Best Waterproof E Collars

Some of the best waterproof e collars might be:

 

Additionally, the PATPET P-Collar 300 models have IPX7 waterproofing.

And, the PATPET 600 models have IPX7, and also rainproofing.

 

Best Rechargeable E Collars

Our top picks for the best rechargeable e collars, shock collars and remote training collars are:

All of the above e collar models have rechargeable batteries, and all three of tone, vibration and static stimulation training modes.

Check the product description for charging times (usually around 2 hours), and the operation time of a fully charged battery of both the handheld transmitter and the collar receiver.

 

Best E Collars For Hunting, Working, & Sporting Dogs

Some of our top picks for the best hunting, sporting and working dog e collars are:

SportDOG

 

Educator

 

The reality is that there is a wide range of hunting, working and sporting e collars on the market.

There’s the 2 in 1 e collar + GPS tracking collar systems, and pure training collars without a tracking system.

What we’ve done is listed many of the relevant hunting, sporting and working dog collar model reviews below.

 

Educator, SportDOG, Dogtra, and Garmin are all brands that have some good advanced training type e collars available.

As just one example, Educator has designed it’s K9-400 and K9-800 models for tactical dog training and obedience, especially for working dogs.

The Dogtra 1900S is also designed for the most demanding conditions, and for serious amateurs and professional trainers in pet obedience, hunting, competition trials, and K-9.

There are other e collars for advanced training available too though.

 

Reviews

– SportDOG

SportDOG SportHunter 825X Review

SportDOG SportHunter 1225X Review

SportDOG SportHunter 1825X Review

SportDOG SportTrainer 575, 875 and 1275 Reviews

SportDOG WetlandHunter 425X Review

SportDOG WetlandHunter 1825X Review

SportDOG UplandHunter 1875 Review

SportDOG ProHunter 2525 Review

SportDOG HoundHunter 3225 Review

 

– Educator

Educator ET-800 ‘The Boss’ (& ET-800 Plus) Review

Educator PE-900 Pro E Collar Review

Educator EZ-900 E Collar Review

Educator PG-300 Vibration Collar Review

Educator UL-1200 Upland, & Wf-1200 Waterfowl Reviews

Educator K9-400 and K9-800 Reviews

 

– Garmin

Garmin Delta Upland XC Review (Intended for upland hunters, and pointing dogs)

Garmin Sport PRO Review (Designed for both training and hunting)

Garmin PRO 70 Review (Intended for more serious and professional trainers, and hunters)

Garmin PRO 550 Review (Intended for more serious and professional trainers, and hunters)

Garmin PRO Trashbreaker Review (Intended for hunter who need extra long range and have multiple dogs)

 

– Dogtra

Dogtra 1900S Review (Designed for the most demanding conditions, and for serious amateurs and professional trainers in pet obedience, hunting, competition trials, and K-9.). There is also the 1902, which is the two dog system model.

Dogtra 1900S Wetlands Review (Similar to the 1900S, except this model is ideal for waterfowl hunters and those going into similar environments where camouflage is beneficial)

Dogtra ARC Handsfree Review (Good for hunting dogs and police K9 professionals, or other training professionals)

Dogtra ARC Wetlands Review (For hunters like Wetland hunters who want camo on the handheld and collar device)

Dogtra EDGE Review (A premium type of dog e collar system designed for dog owners and trainers that need advanced features, like customizability, expandability, and durability. Specifically designed for pet training, hunting, hounds, K9, and serious amateurs)

Dogtra 2300NCP Expandable Review (For advanced level pet training, competition training, Police K-9 work, or any types of hunting)

Dogtra 3500NCP Super-X Review (For advanced pet dog training, hunting, performance, and K9)

Dogtra 2500 T&B Training and Beeper Review (For serious upland hunters, and bird dogs)

 

What Are Hunting Collars?

Dog hunting collars are a specific type of e collar.

They come in different types with different features.

They might be characterised by:

Long working ranges up to 9 miles

Being designed for hunting (waterfowl, upland, etc.), pointing dogs and other types of outdoor applications and dogs breeds

Have a tracking system as well as a training system

Having extra features like a second static training modes, or a beeping feature

Being able to support many hunting dogs on the system

Have camo colors or orange upland colors

Be waterproof and submersible (for wet hunting conditions)

+ more

 

 

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