What does an e-collar feel like?
An e-collar—short for electronic collar—is a wonderful communication tool for advancing and building on obedience as well as off leash reliability. High quality e-collars use TENS units, which in effect is a muscle stimulator. At a low to mid working level, it can feel like a pulsing or tingling sensation. A dog's working level is found by slowly introducing the collar by having them wear it until they are comfortable with it and then introducing low level stims until we find that the dog has a response to it. We are looking for them to notice the stimulation but not be worried about it or have any adverse reaction to it. These "working levels" can vary around lower and higher distractions, but can ultimately remain around the same.
Using this method is a great way to introduce the e-collar in a positive association and will not hurt your dog. This tool can easily be misused if not under the guidance of a professional dog trainer or can be introduced improperly. Our trainers will only use high quality e-collars under our specific list of brands (E-Collar Tech, Dogtra, Garmin). If interested in adding e collar training to your program, one of our trainers will go over their use in more detail during the consultation and have you wear the e-collar on your hand so you can feel the sensation for yourself and learn more about this versatile tool.