If you'd like advice on which e-collars might best suit your needs, there are a number of things we'd like to know. If you'd like, you can print this page and then do a "by the numbers" email, or just describe your needs in narrative form, hopefully covering most of these points. It would probably be a great help if you were to read our Selecting section first.
1. Have you used an e-collar before? (If so, knowing the make and model and what you liked
and didn't like might be helpful.)
2. How many dogs do you need to control at one time? (Do you need a one, two, three, etc. dog unit?)
3. If any of the dogs are under 25 lbs. or over 120 lbs., we'd like to know their actual weights. If under 15 lbs., please be fairly accurate.
4. The breed of dog(s). If a mix, which breed does it most resemble in terms of size and coat? If the dog's coat is very thick and dense, like that of a German Shepard, we need to know that.
5. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? For example,
a. do you just need more control to stop the dog from running off and to stop undesirable behavior like kitchen counter-surfing, digging, etc.? or,
b. do you enjoy training and want to spend some time developing a very obedient dog? or,
c. do you need to train to an intermediate to advanced level for a very specific reason, such as formal tests/trials/competitions?
6. Would you like to do most of your training using escape training methods, which requires very very low and repeatable levels of continuous stimulation? Or, would you prefer to use correction/punishment training, for which momentary stimulation is most appropriate? Or, are you not sure?
7. If you are a hunter with a pointing breed, we need to know if a remotely controlled beeper is important.