dog with static shock collarOn this site, I talk a lot about the collars that are included with these systems. People ask me a lot if the static correction is safe for their dog.

When using an electronic collar it’s important to realize that these are not “shock collars”. The electronic collars featured on this site deliver a mild static electric correction to the dog. This static shock will startle your dog and let him know that he is crossing his boundary.

Static correction: Is it painful to my dog?

If you have ever walked across a carpet and touched something metal, then you know what a static shock feels like.

The degree of correction is controlled by you. Set at the lowest level,  your dog will only hear a beeping sound. This will be the first step of your pets training.

During the training phase, you will be training at the lower levels of correction. This usually enough for most dogs to learn very quickly not to cross the boundaries.

Is it safe for my dog?

Many dog trainers and veterinarians recommend these e-collars for the purpose of correcting behavior. Numerous studies have been done that have come to the conclusion that this type of training is humane and has no lasting effects on the dogs.

I have read that over half of all cats and dogs put down at the pet shelters were a result of behavior problems. Many of these problems could have been corrected.

How does it work?

The dog wears a training collar that has two metal probes that come in contact with his neck. Some systems come with a rubber tipped “comfort collar”. Longer probes are available for very shaggy dogs to ensure that the probes reach his neck.

When the dog approaches the barrier he will hear the audible beep. If he continues toward the barrier and starts to move out of his safe zone a static shock will occur. After your pet is trained properly the audible beep will be enough of a deterrent to turn him around.

A good quality pet containment system will “time out” if the dog crosses the boundary. This is to make sure your dog doesn’t get a continuous shock. A good system will not give a correction when the dog returns to his play zone.

It takes a little training to get your dog to associate the static correction to the boundary flags, but it usually doesn’t take too long for dogs to figure this out.