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How to Choose the Best Dog Training Collar (2014)

How to Choose the Best Dog Training Collar (2014)

K9electronics.com carries the world’s largest selection of the best shock collars for dogs. With 8 major manufactures and almost 150 models to choose from, finding the best dog training collar for you and your dog can be a time consuming project. Since we do get quite a bit of calls every day from customers asking for help and recommendations I have decided to write this guide to provide the information you need to make an informed buying decision for you and your dog. I have also listed out the Top 10 Best Dog Training Collars for 2014.

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best dog training collarFirst, I would like to start by saying that we only carry top rated brands. You won't find cheap, Chinese knock-off brand here. You can find these types of collars on Amazon that range in price from $20 to $100, however, I do not recommend using these types of collars on your dog. Typically, they are not waterproof, have no warranties and stop working after 4 to 6 months. I have also heard horror stories of buttons sticking and, for obvious reasons, is not a good thing when using a shock collar. If you love your dog, make an investment in a decent collar that will safe and last many years. The good news is that you can purchase a top of the line e-collar for under 200 bucks.

All of the remote training collars that we carry are durable, reliable, waterproof (submersible) and backed up by manufacture warranties. They have either Vibration or Tone warning features (some have both) and with the exception of 1 or 2 models they are all fully rechargeable.

When customers email or call me on the phone looking for a recommendation for the best dog training collar, these are the first two questions that I ask.

  1. What do you want to use the remote training collar for; basic obedience training or behavioral issues?
  2. What is your dog’s approximate weight and temperament?

Types of Training

When I ask what they want to use the collar for, I am referring to what type of training; basic obedience training such as teaching your dog to Sit, Stay, Heel and Come or solving behavioral issues such as jumping up on people or furniture, chasing cars or other animals, digging up your garden, chewing on your favorite shoes, eating things they aren’t supposed to be eating, etc.

By asking this question I get a feel for how much “Range” will be needed. Typically, breaking bad habits is going to be close work and you probably are not going to need a long range collar.

The standard is about ½ mile but they start at 100 yards and go as far as 2 miles. When selecting the proper range for you and your dog, you should keep in mind that remote dog training collars work with a radio signal, much like a walkie-talkie, and range will be affected by various factors such as terrain and weather. If a manufacturer states “1/2 mile range” for a specific model, then you will get the full stated range if you can clearly see your dog across a field or lake on a clear day.

Factors such as rain, snow and heavily dense woods and hills and structures can cut the transmit range down considerably. So, when selecting the best dog training collar, its better to have more range and not need it then less range and need it. If your dog is out of transmit range your collar basically becomes worthless.

Maybe you live in an urban setting and your dog pulls on his leash when you are walking and you just want to use the collar to give your dog a bit more freedom while safely walking him off leash at your local dog park, ½ mile or less should work fine.

However,  if you live in a suburban or country setting where your dog has much more room to roam, and maybe enjoys chasing big game and you want to Recall (Page) your dog home from a distance you may need a collar with a bit more range. Or maybe you live on a farm or cattle or sheep ranch and your working dog enjoys chasing your livestock or eating your chickens, you might also need a bit more range. Whatever your situation might be, its best to keep these things in mind when choosing the best dog shock collar for you and your dog.

Dog Weight & Temperament

Typically, remote training collars will fall into one of two categories.

  1. Low to medium power (Output) for dogs that are sensitive to normal temperament.
  2. Low to high power (Output) for tougher dogs that have a stubborn streak.

Normally, larger breed dogs will need a higher output collar but in my experience this is not always the case. I have seen a 7 pound Chihuahua that needed a higher stimulation (shock) level than a 180 pound Rottweiler. When choosing the best training collar you will need to consider both your dog’s weight and personality to determine which category your dog falls into.

Top 3 Brands

Einstein brands, dogtra brands, sportDOG brands at k9electronics.comBefore we get into some of the best dog shock collars, let’s take a look at the top brands. These are the best brands for durability and quality. We ship these 3 brands around the world on a daily basis and its a rare occasion that we hear from a dissatisfied customer. They work, and they work well.

     #1) Educator Collars (Read full Educator collar review)
     #2) SportDog Collars (Review coming soon!)
     #3) Dogtra Collars (Review coming soon!)


Top 10 Remote dog Training Collars

Below, I have compiled a list of the best shock collars for dogs in 2014. These are our bestsellers that I recommend to customers every day. The below listed training collars are 1-Dog systems, however, if you are training more than one dog most come in a 2-Dog system and the mid-range SportDog collars can expand to 2 or 3 dog systems by simply purchasing additional “Add-A-Dog” receiver-collars.


Short Range

SportDog SD-105 YardTrainerSportDog SD-105 YardTrainer ($109.95)
Dog Type: Companion Pets
Best Uses: Behavioral Issues
Range: 100yds
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 24”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal
Multi-Dog System: No
Warning Feature: Tone
Waterproof: Receiver-Collar Only
Rechargeable: Remote Only - (Receiver-collar uses a special SportDog battery)

SportDog SD-105s YardTrainerSportDog SD-105s YardTrainer ($119.95)
Dog Type: Companion Pets
Best Uses: Behavioral Issues
Range: 100yds
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 24”
Dog Temperament: Normal, Stubborn
Multi-Dog System: No
Warning Feature: Tone
Waterproof: Receiver-Collar Only
Rechargeable: Remote Only - (Receiver-collar uses a special SportDog battery)

Dogtra iQDogtra iQ ($179.99)
Dog Type: Companion Pets
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: 400yds
Dog Size: 10lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: No
Warning Feature: Vibration
Waterproof: Receiver-Collar Only
Rechargeable: Yes

SportDog SD-425SportDog SD-425 ($169.95) - Byrons Pick
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Hunting Dogs, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: 500yds
Dog Size: 8lbs+ / Neck size 3” to 24”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: Expandable to 2-Dog and 3-Dog
Warning Feature: Vibration & Tone
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes

SportDog SD-425sSportDog SD-425s ($179.95) - Byrons Pick
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Hunting Dogs, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: 500yds
Dog Size: 8lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 24”
Dog Temperament: Normal, Stubborn
Multi-Dog System: Expandable to 2-Dog and 3-Dog
Warning Feature: Vibration & Tone
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes


Mid Range

Einstein ET-300ts MiniEducator ET-300ts Mini ($179.99) - Byrons Pick
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: ½ Mile
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: Available in 2-Dog System
Warning Feature: Vibration
                                             Waterproof: Yes
                                             Rechargeable: Yes

Dogtra 1900NCP Field StarDogtra 1900NCP FieldStar ($229.99) - Byrons Pick
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Hunting Dogs, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: 1/2 Mile
Dog Size: 20lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Stubborn, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: 
Available in 2-Dog System
Warning Feature: Vibration
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes

Dogtra Element 300mDogtra Element 300m ($189.99)
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: ½ Mile
Dog Size: 10lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: Available in 2-Dog System
Warning Feature: Vibration
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes


Long Range

Einstein ET-400tsEducator ET-400ts ($199.99)
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: ¾ Mile
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck Size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: Available in 2-Dog System
Warning Feature: Vibration
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes

Einstein ET-800tsEducator ET-800ts "The Boss" ($259.99) - Byrons Pick
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Hunting Dogs, Working Dogs, Service Dogs
Best Uses: Basic Obedience, Behavioral Issues
Range: 1 Mile
Dog Size: 30lbs+ / Neck Size 4” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Very Sensitive, Normal, Very Stubborn, Deaf Dogs
Multi-Dog System: Available in 2-Dog System
Warning Feature: Vibration
Waterproof: Yes
Rechargeable: Yes



I hope this article has been helpful to you in your quest to find the best dog training collar for you and your dog. Please let me know by sharing your comments below. 

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