How to train your Dog with a Shock Collar? 5 Rules

I know you want to train your dog FAST and SMART. I personally train my dog really good(probably). But I did not use my shock collar every time. I did not train my dog with shock collar before he learn the basic things such as behavior and basic actions. If your dog really needs to get to another level of training, you can SEE The Rechargeable Shock Collars For Dogs that I personally use!

What Do I Need To Mention Before Using A Shock Collar?

Teach The Behavior First Without The Shock Collar

The first thing that needs to happen is the dog needs to be taught the behavior without the presence of the shock collar. This is because you have to let your dog know “punishing” is not the only elements within the training. Using the example of recall, I would first teach recall in the back yard with a clicker and treats. Keep training it until he is familiar with the command. Get the dog coming well in the yard. Once the dog comes well and having a fast reaction, I’d take the show on the road and teach a recall in a few different locations. Of course, all with treats. This needs to happen before you ever strap a shock collar to the dog. This can at least build a stronger bonding between you and your dog.

Use A Different Aversion Before Using The Shock Collar

This is called “overlaying”. If you were teaching a dog to come and planned to reinforce it with the dog training shock collar, you would first give the “come” command while pulling on a long leash. Later, you would tug on the long leash and stimulate the collar at the same time. Eventually, you would only reinforce with the collar and stop using the check cord. This teaches the dog the meaning of the shock collar and, more importantly, how to turn it off.

More specifically, tugging the leash and stimulating the shock at the same time can let your dog know the shock means “stop”. This is a very basic step before getting in use of your shock collar.

More Voltage Does Not Convey Understanding

Too often, too many trainers think that the solution to a problem is to increase the voltage. This is a fallacy. In fact, this create disaster and your dog will not even listen to your command. Think of it this way. If you are having a University exam and you are just a high school student, you will fail obviously. If you hit me(shock me?) in order to convince me to do better, I will still fail too. You can hit me harder and the outcome will be the same. I will still fail. And I will hate you. For my personality, I will hate you prolongly.

Likewise, shocking a dog for not complying with a command he does not understand will not work. Increasing the voltage will not work. This is abuse, not training. It just hurts and confuses the dog. Your dog will be afraid of being put on the collar afterward.

If you are in a situation where you are finding that you need to keep increasing the voltage…the dog is yelping, but not complying, put away the transmitter! You are destroying your dog! Take a step back and figure out why the dog does not understand. Go back to the fundamentals. And that is the “real” training.

Remember the feeling when you tested the shock collar on yourself. Remember the range between noticing the collar and the collar hurts? Your dog has a similar range. Keep it in mind. Just think of shocking yourself when you shock your dog. Your dog pains, you pain too.

Sometimes, You Need A Little More Voltage

Emphasis on “little”. There are times when a dog is distracted by the environment, and your operational training level is not enough. If the dog is distracted and driven, you can increase the voltage. A little at a time. One click at a time. The exception to this might be if the dog is charging toward a busy road. But, try a little bit more if the dog seems especially excited or distracted. But, if you are not getting the results you want pretty quick, stop. Go back to the drawing board.


Sometimes, You Need No Voltage or Less Voltage

The best training method is when training with a shock collar, use the lowest voltage necessary to obtain compliance to a command that the dog already knows. When training with treats, there comes a time when the behavior is well instilled. You start fading out the use of treats.

Same with a behavior that is reinforced with a shock collar. You will also begin to fade out the use of the stimulation. So, don’t be afraid to give your dog the chance to see if he will comply without stimulation. Your dog improves. So you need improve too.

If your dog is wet, your operational level may be too hot. Don’t be afraid to try stimulating at a lower level to start with.

A Workable Shock Collar Matters!

When you choose a wrong and inefficient Shock Collar, you will end up not training your dog well or even HURT YOUR DOG! So that is really important to choose a right shock collar for dog training. I personally use the Petrainer Rechargeable Shock Collar for my dog training and it works well!

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I have laid all the groundwork. I will provide more information about dog training.

Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. A faithful reader stated that it is easy to screw up a dog with a shock collar. She is absolutely right. If you have unanswered questions, please ask rather than possibly screwing up your dog.

Also, if you like this article, please leave me a comment and like my post. I love talking to dog lovers! :)

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  1. Robert Lawrence


    I actually use a shock collar on my dog and I love it so much. One thing that I think was really important in the training process was how I implemented it.

    I started putting the shock collar on my dog every time I took her out for a walk or for training. But I made sure I didn’t use the shock function at all for the first little while.

    This made my dog really like the shock collar because she associated it with good things. i just didnt want her to be afraid of it.

    Then by the time I had to use it on her she wasn’t afraid of the collar and she listened really well.

    Now I don’t even need to ever shock her because she listens so well.

    A lot of people think it’s cruel to use these but I don’t agree as long as you are respponsible with it. I bought mine out of safety so that my dog wouldn’t run onto the road.

    1. Cyril (Post author)

      Robert you’ve made the point! Shock collar isn’t necessarily a cruel or inhumane tools to train your dog. Using it correctly can not only improve the bonding between you and your dog, but also can train him a lot better. If you wish to get more information, you can click here to know more about the usage of shock collar. If you want to train your dog to next level or some specific skills, you can click here to try my unique online dog training program!


  2. Mimi-CU

    You have such great tips on dog training. I especially like that you teach to train without the shock collar initially and then to use the shock collar after you have tried methods that allow you to bond with your dog. I don’t have a dog yet, but plan on getting one for my son. Its never to early to start learning how to care for one, as such, I am glad I found your site. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cyril (Post author)

      Thank you! As I said, you shouldn’t initially train your dog with a shock collar. This could ruin the behavior of your dog. We don’t want to do this. So before getting i to solving the most troublesome problems, we should train them “nakely” instead of using a shock collar. Even the shock collar I use isn’t hurt my dog at all, it still provides negative impact to your dog.


  3. ches

    I think many people looking at this post would be horrified at the use of a ‘shock’ collar. Visions of electric shock treatment and other nasties come to mind.
    These collars can be useful, if implemented properly and this is the only thing that worries me. There are so many daft people out there, I can see this collar being a problem in the wrong hands.
    For instance, you spoke of the dog being wet and the collar having to be reduced in potency because of the weather. How does the collar work in water, many dogs will jump into water on a whim?
    You and those who have made a comment are obviously au fait with this kind of training. I just hope those who buy a one of these collars, have read this blog first! Ches

  4. Jackie

    Wow! i read your post with great interest (and then horror) There’s just no way in hell I would ever shock my little girls. They probably could use a little training because they are yappers. They bark whenever someone comes up the driveway…but I know they are only trying to protect me.
    Maybe it’s just me…but sorry, I just don’t get it.


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