Unfortunately, a man’s best friend is not always aware of the dangers that surround him. Rollover by a car, running away in the middle of a walk are real risks. With the training collar, you teach him to pay attention and listen to you.
On this site, you will find a comparison of the best models on the market. There is something for all sizes, all dog training methods, and all budgets.
I took care to test some models and ask friends for their opinions on the others. The list of products is therefore not exhaustive and only includes the products actually tested.
Our Favorite 6 Top and Best Training Collars in 2020 & 2021
Eyenimal Soft Dog Training Collar
This dog training collar has four different signals: the beep sound, the light signal, the button for short vibrations, and the button for prolonged vibrations up to 8 seconds. However, unless there is imminent danger to your dog, the first three solutions are sufficient for a good education. Training your dog with prolonged vibrations is not a good idea since it inflicts real pain and can shock him. Keep them only if he is approaching the road or is aggressive towards someone. The signal range of this battery-operated collar is 200m and its waterproofness allows for water outings with your dog.
The collar is adjustable between 20 and 50 centimeters. As for the LED buttons, they allow use in the evening or in inclement weather.
MY OPINION ON THE TRAINING SOFT EYENIMAL
The test was carried out with a young Malinois shepherd who had the annoying tendency to pull on the leash on each trip and to constantly bark at home. The beeps took a long time to be assimilated so the master used short vibrations, either for recall or for an anti-barking effect. Under the impulse of the noise, the doggie was very receptive and from now on, the owner can walk him without a leash without fear that he will make a frantic race on the road. Even better, he started practicing a dog sport by combining it with positive reinforcement (dog treats are given when he obeys). For the education of the puppy, we advise you to always start with the sound signal (ultra painless sound) of this adjustable collar, rather than the electric shock or the vibration.
However, the signal distance of 200 meters is limiting for outdoor trips. Therefore, it may be useful to acquire a collar with a longer range like the Canicom 800 if you own a dog of such a breed or to use it as an anti-runaway dog. The light signal is a very valuable feature to spot the dog during outings to ensure that it is not too far away and without having to resort to a vibration.
- Effective light signal
- A wide range of functionality
- A limited effective distane
As its name suggests, the Elite has an honorable range of 1000 yards. There are 15 of them, the static stimulation is ergonomic and the change between the levels allows a real rise in power. There are also two “boost” keys for emergency situations.
The training collar is rechargeable. Allow 3 to 4 hours of charge for a use of several days. Completely waterproof, the product is light and does not disturb the animal in any way.
For the master, the LCD screen ensures quick visibility of the chosen model. It really is a great training collar.
The only downside is that it is suitable for dogs weighing 3.6 to 18 kg. If you have a large dog, take the SportDog at the start of this page instead.
- Quality collar
- Well-dosed stimulation
- Fast charging
- Readable screen
- Only for dogs under 18 kg
Zogin Top-Newest Training Collar (The First Quality Inexpensive Training Collar)
In the dog market, there are many suppliers with low-quality products. The training collar is also affected by this scourge. With all the tests performed for this site, dozens of models have been tried out by different masters. And all are unanimous: quality has a price. This Top-Newest Zogin necklace is therefore not perfect, but it is of an acceptable quality compared to the competition and the budget. If unfortunately you are having obedience issues with your pet and don’t have the budget for a high-quality training collar, Top-Newest Zogin is still a useful aid in training your dog.
Main Features of this Top-Newest Zogin Collar
The model is suitable for all animals. The collar is adjustable between 35 and 55 cms, which is ideal for all dog sizes. The collar has 100 levels of vibration and static shock. Obviously, they are to be adapted to the morphology and character of your dog. However, it is highly likely, hopefully, that you won’t go beyond the first seventy. It should be noted that for a collar of this price, the differences between levels are well managed, admittedly less than a Dogtra training collar, which is practical for coherent dog training without the help of a behaviorist.
The system can be used with two clamps. If you have more than one dog, this will save you the trouble of juggling various remotes to activate stimulation and save you the inherent mistakes of sending a vibration to a dog that has not done anything forbidden.
This model is recharged via an electrical outlet, not with batteries. It has an energy-saving function, that is to say, that as soon as you do not use it for several minutes, it goes to sleep. However, even in this mode, the training collar activates with any movement. It can be worn in wet weather, but it is not water-resistant. Therefore, remove it if it rains or you take your dog for a swim. In some rainy areas, it is therefore recommended to take a waterproof dog training collar.
The range displayed by the manufacturer is 300 meters. But, for a distance greater than 150 meters, we recommend that you opt for a model a little higher in terms of quality. Indeed, we had the impression that electrostatic stimuli did not always work at long distances. For a dog barking next to you, that’s enough.
My opinion on the Top-Newest Zogin model
The test was carried out with a basset weighing about twenty kilos during outings in the countryside. Following significant weight gain, the vet had advised outings to avoid problems with his spine. But, never having been used to being released from his leash, he never responded to the recall.
The vibrations were unfortunately not effective enough, unlike other products. Afterward, as this is a stubborn breed, it is quite possible that they would have worked to train a more docile dog. On the other hand, the static shock mode works wonderfully. The shock of the electric collar being quite hard, a level of 5 out of 100 is more than enough for a dog with his character.
The big catch with this dog collar is the remote control. After a few minutes of non-use, it disconnects. Thanks to this, the battery lasts a long time, but imagine, if the vibration is required immediately. Out of habit, I now regularly press on the light to wake up the remote control and anticipate possible signals. With experience, you will soon notice any risky situations for your dog or behavioral problems that need to be corrected.
- Correct assembly
- Reasonable price
- Inefficient vibrations
- Remote control disconnections
The Petainer PET998DRB2 Dog Training Collar
The collar is sold at mid-range prices and advertises a huge range of 1000 meters. In reality, it has never operated with a distance greater than 400 meters. Suffice to say that I quickly learned not to trust the manufacturer and to call the dog back after a too-long race. To avoid leaks, it is better to use another model or an anti-escape fence.
Other problems. The instructions are not delivered in French. This lack is understandable for products bought by mail orders abroad or from the entry-level, but for that price, I find it very damaging. Worse still, the booster collar was deactivated during the outing with my Springer Spaniel. Fortunately, my screams were enough this time around for him to stop. By consulting various forums, I realized that this concern had been experienced by several other masters during training sessions.
So in short, a product with lots of flaws. Go your way and choose another model. Even to use it as an electric bark collar to calm unwanted howls, we prefer another model. For hunting, it is not even worth thinking about this collar and even trying to just control your dog’s diet. In this case, choose a kibble distributor, it will be more efficient.
- No shock need to use
- Suitable for stubborn dogs
- Remote controller clips
- Light setting on both the collar and remote to test and make sure each is working.
- Shock setting goes up way too high
- No separate button for a lock, only one button for all settings.
Petsafe Sportdog SportTrainer Collar
- The enormous range
- Formidable efficiency
- Great autonomy
- Excellent battery life
- Light remote control
This dog collar has an excellent quality / price ratio and stands out from the entry-level products which often end up out of stock after a month of use. Designed by SportDog, a brand specializing in dog training, especially for hunting dogs, it meets all the criteria that are sought in a training collar.
The collar offers seven different levels of stimulation, either momentary or continuous, and is battery operated. Note that the product is waterproof up to 7 meters, so you can decide to take your dog to the lake or to the sea for fun. Also, it will be a good test to see if the dog, in great excitement, listens to your commands or not.
The training system operates up to a 450 m range. You, therefore, have the option of letting your dog run a bit before giving him the reminder.
My review of the Petsafe Sportdog SportTrainer
The collar was used with a Springer Spaniel who had a bad habit of sprinting as soon as he sniffed the scent of the game or smelled that of a congener. As practical as it is during a hunting party, as much for a family outing, it posed problems, especially when I ended up taking two hours to find it!
What I like most about the Petsafe training collars its effectiveness. In the past, I had bought a small model at 25 € totally inoperative which quickly found itself broken. In addition, dog training was very difficult since the level of the intensities was badly calculated. In just a few trips, my Springer understood the meaning of the sound warnings or the vibrations without going beyond the third level. If this is your first training collar, I recommend that you read the instructions carefully to collect some useful tips.
The battery has remarkable autonomy. The charging time, a bit too high for my taste, of two hours takes more than a week due to very frequent use (between 5 and 10 hours per day). I can imagine you don’t need such frequent wearing, so the Petsafe 450 m range Collar battery can last for several weeks. Not to mention that the weight of the remote control is quite low. So I can hold it without a problem when I go for a bike ride with the dog. This SportDog collar has been at the top of training collars for several years and it continues in 2020. Trust a safe bet to train animals! In addition, the characteristics of the collar make it suitable for both large and small dogs.
You hesitate between several training collars and do not know which model to choose? Let’s take a look at the criteria that really matter in choosing the right training collar.
The type of dogs
When you click on any of the previous links and come across the training collar listing, you will see that manufacturers often make distinctions between small, medium, and large dogs.
It is quite logical. You can easily guess that you can not stop barking a 50 kg dog with the same intensity as that of a small 6 kg poodle.
Therefore, when you have to choose a training collar, always check that it is intended for a size similar to that of your pooch.
The type of intensities
There is a nice variety of different stimulation and intensity on a training collar.
The most frequent modes of stimulation are:
- Electrostatic shocks
- The spray jets
Shock is very effective, but can be painful, while spray collars are painless but not work with all characters.
See according to your animal (its personality, its strength…) to decide on the mode which appears most appropriate to you. By reading our reviews of the different training collars, you will understand that the best models on the market, the ones we recommend, often have several modes available.
It is a great idea to go on these products. Indeed, many owners like to use shocks or vibrations to punish or warn the dog when acquiring the training collar. Then, once the dog understands how it works, it will react positively to the beeps, making physical punishment unnecessary.
In this video, you can see a dog respond positively to the use of a vibrating training collar (and therefore without electrostatic shock).
The range of a training collar is the maximum distance a remote control held by the handler can send a signal to the collar worn by the dog around its neck.
On our site, you will find many different litters. Training collars that are inexpensive or intended for smaller dogs sometimes have a range of 100 yards or less. The number is low compared to the other litters featured, but if you think about it there are plenty of dogs who never stray further from their master.
However, we often recommend a range of around 300 and 400 meters. This allows you to let your dog run free and watch him run. If he commits a forbidden act or no longer listens to you, you can use the training collar despite the distance.
The higher litters are often for hunting dogs that go out into the wild on their own, or for dogs that go out without a leash and go out to visit the surroundings without their master.
The brand of the necklace
The training collar is a fashionable dog accessory. You find it under many different names: education collar, anti-runaway collar and some also take it for an anti-bark collar.
In reality, the training collar, unlike the last two names, is not an accessory that works on its own. It is the master who decides whether or not to send the stimulation using the remote control.
But, not all tools are created equal. Among the brands, Canicom, Sportdog, and Petsafe stand out as the three leaders in the mid-range training collars market. If you are on a budget, head to these three manufacturers and you will be fully satisfied with the hardware.
If you have more budgets, Dogtra, a brand loved by hunters, offers exemplary performance. Finally, some masters like Garmin. Garmin collars always have an efficient GPS option. This can be useful to find a dog …
On the other hand, once you get out of these training collar manufacturers, the quality is plummeting. We strongly advise against taking unknown brands. You risk receiving an object with poorly dosed intensities and ranges far from those advertised.
A training collar has no wires and works with a battery. It is therefore important to choose an education collar for your dog that is consistent with your needs.
If you use the collar once a week for an hour-long walk, the question does not arise because any education accessory will have sufficient battery life. But, if you want a collar for 40 hours of use during a weekend at the campsite, the choice is reduced.
Don’t hesitate to consider purchasing a second battery for your training collar.
The ergonomics of the remote control
Point too often ignored by masters: the practicality of the remote control. To judge, take a close-up of the remote controls on the description sheets of the training collars.
The idea is to get a little heavy remote with a few buttons in key areas. We like having two for setting the intensities and a third for choosing the stimulation mode.
Likewise, a few additions such as a wrist strap to better hold the remote control in your hand or a battery indicator to indicate the charge level of the training collar are never too much.
What do vets think of training collars?
Many people judge dressage collars without knowing them or confuse everything. To be sure, we asked several veterinarians questions.
Vets are not against the training collar. Some even recognize that these canine accessories can be beneficial. They can prevent runaways, aggressive dog reactions, and many other daily worries.
In order for the training collar to be good for the dog, all are unanimous on three things:
- The training collar does not educate the dog alone;
- The effectiveness and recommendation strongly depend on the quality of the collar chosen;
- Electrostatic shocks are a bad idea and the vibrations sent should be consistent with the animal’s build.
In addition, we add that many dogs have seen behavioral problems quickly resolved with intelligent and moderate use of the training collar. In this case, this tool can save you hassle and hours at the dog trainer.
But, this is only possible by using the training collar well and comes in addition to a classic education