Hunting Dog Training Collar Buyer’s Guide

When looking at hunting dog training collars, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Your dog has an important job and they want to do that job well, just as you want them to! The right training collar can help to ease them into their role, it can avoid them getting upset by making mistakes and it will certainly make your life easier and help you to lose a few less pheasants while you’re out hunting!

But not all dog training collars are made equally. And if you have never bought a dog training collar before, or used one, then you might not know precisely what you’re looking for or what makes a great dog training collar.

With all that in mind then, read on and we’ll explore what makes the best dog training collar. This hunting dog training collar buyer’s guide will help you know precisely what you’re looking for and ensure you get the best product at the end of the day!

What is a Dog Training Collar?

Firstly, let’s consider what a dog training collar is. What are these and what are they for?

Well, the basic idea is that a training collar is a collar capable of administering a very small electric shock to your dog. That sounds much more brutal than it is and in reality, many dogs don’t even feel the sensation at the lowest setting! The aim is to provide mild irritation that teaches them to eventually associate their misbehaviour with that bad sensation. This ‘association’ then teaches then to dislike the bad behavior, without even really knowing why!

When you start using a dog training collar, you will usually do so by fist getting the dog used to wearing it and then only later giving them the small shocks. This way, they won’t know that the shock is coming from the collar and they won’t try to remove it!

Things to Consider

So when you start looking at buying dog training collars for your hunting dogs, there are a number of different factors that you should consider. The first is just what you want to do with your dog and also of course the size of your dog.

This will all factor into the number of settings that your collar has. So some dog training collars will deliver one pre-set amount of stimulation. This should be designed to be the perfect amount for teaching your dog basic behavior correction and should be unpleasant without being painful.

But for teaching more complex commands and tricks, you need something with more stimulation levels. This way, you can get their attention, or you can just subtly persuade their reaction. This is also better for smaller dogs that might not react so well to being shocked. You don’t want your dog to vocalize or react!

Collars with multiple levels allow you to start lower and then slowly increase the voltage. This also means that it will come as less of an unpleasant shock to your dog. This is generally the better option then, but just keep in mind that it will likely be a little more expensive.

Another consideration is how the collar sits and where the contacts connect. Usually, small metal prongs or pads will be used to conduct electricity and therefore it’s of course important that these touch against the skin. If they aren’t properly against the skin, then the electricity will jump across the gap and this can cause more pain and even burning.

Therefore, the fit needs to be good so that the collar won’t move. And you need to ensure that the shocks are delivered around the scruff, where they will do minimal damage.

Consider as well other factors pertaining to the collar. How does it operate? Does it require batteries? And likewise, what is the range? For hunting dogs in particular, this is important as you need to encourage your dog to return even when they’re off rummaging through the bushes with no interest in listening to what you have to say!

Consider as well that you can get similar collars with specific purposes. For instance, a bark collar is designed to prevent nuisance barking and can do this by releasing an odour or a high pitched noise.

Style, Price and Material

Obviously all the other factors are important here as they would be when buying any other kind of collar. That is to say that you need to consider the fit (is it large enough?), the comfort and how strong it is. You need a collar that your dog won’t be able to easily slip out of and you need one that won’t tear or break when they struggle against your direction.

A dog collar always need a hoop for attaching a lead and it needs to not choke your dog when they pull against it. Think about price too.

Finally, remember that your dog collar is still a fashion statement!