Electronic collars have revolutionized dog training. While some believe them to be cruel torture devices, that’s not the case. Trainers can make instant corrections over long distances with collars, which only helps the dog learn faster, more efficiently and consistently. But this discussion isn’t about “collar vs. non-collar” training, rather, it’s about today’s new collars and how they’re changing.
Back in the day, the first e-collars (or electric, electronic, or shock collars) were nothing more than a big battery that delivered a massive jolt of electricity. There was one setting: fry ’em. Today’s collars are completely different. They have such sensitivity that you can set so low that you can’t even feel the flow of electricity. Literally almost any dog can be collar conditioned and taught to respond, without fear, to the use of today’s collars.
Not only do today’s collars have more sensitivity, they also have many features. Some of those include: tone, vibration, jump-up settings, slow continuous rise of stimulation, beepers, lights, quick-charging batteries, various contact-point lengths and multiple dog capabilities.
The newest trend in collars is related to multiple-dog capabilities. While one transmitter that can control multiple (usually upto three) collars has been around for quite some time, it has always been as a stand-alone model. You had to choose to buy an expandable model right from the start. If you had one dog and a couple of years later decided to get another, well, you had to buy another collar and transmitter or switch to the multiple-dog system to keep it simple. Considering the cost of collars, that’s quite an investment.
With open-market competition, market demand and, probably to one-degree or another, the economy, several e-collar companies are making expandable collar systems the norm with all of their collars. Pictured is the DT Systems H2O 1800 Series collar. It’s expandable upto three dogs and as of this year, most of the DT products can be adapted to handle multiple dogs; you just add another collar and marry it to the transmitter.
While DT Systems is taking the step into multiple-dog expandability, so are other companies like Tri-Tronics. It’s a win for the consumer, which frees us to buy a collar without fear, or monetary penalty, of adding to our canine pack in the future.