Product Review – Remote Dog Training Collar

Our Goldendoodle Max is a friendly, happy guy.  He is about 100 pounds of fur, with a booming bark.  He was raised in a country yard with a few acres to run in, and nothing to bark at.  When we moved to our new-old home in a village on a corner lot – he became a bit of a fixture in the neighbourhood.  We put in a wrought iron fence, so that he can safely greet the local dog walkers from his yard without concern about him running away.  Unfortunately he wasn’t used to all of the people and pets that walk by his yard.  Many people stop to visit with him, which he likes, but some people are just too darn scary for him.  In particular, he finds baby carriages, and kids on scooters and tricycles threatening – and when they startle him the barking starts.

Petrainer from Chewy

Remote Control Behaviour Collar

We struggled for a while to train him to not bark – without success.  Eventually we purchased a remote control behaviour collar.  We purchased ours in March 2019 from iPets – fulfilled by Prime. At the time, we paid $45.99 Canadian for a “Petrainer Rechargeable Rainproof Remote 330yd Dog Training Collar with Beep, Vibration and Electric Shock” Now I see similar products listed on Chewy!

The collar that we purchased has a setting for vibration, or sound.  When Max barks, we can give him the “No Barking” command and then push the remote control button – which causes the collar to emit a beep or vibration.  These don’t seem to be harmful at all. It just seems to distract Max for a minute or so.

Shock Setting

The collar that we purchased also had a “shock” setting.  We have NEVER used this on Max.  I tried it on myself one day when I opened up the package – and just about fell on the floor.  My husband, was skeptical and tried the shock on himself too.  He couldn’t believe the zap he got.  I don’t think there is a reason at all to have this setting, and I’m hoping they will remove this from the newer versions of the product. We laugh at ourselves now for trying this – but seriously don’t try zapping yourself or your dog at home!

No-bark scented collar

I know that there are also collars that spray or beep – automatically triggered by barking.  One of our neighbours purchased a no-bark scented spray collar for their pet while they were away at work.  The dog barked all day, and at the end of the day the house smelt like apple spray.  I think that this type of collar is worth a try as well – but maybe it would be better to try together with training – not on a home-alone puppy. Maybe this type of training is a good project to try while we are still at home socially isolating during this pandemic. I’m sure there are a lot of dogs who will be sad when the pandemic is over and their people start heading out to work and school more often.

Remote Control Collar worked!

At first we didn’t think that our Remote Control collar was working.  We’d press the button for beep or vibration, and tell him to stop barking – and no effect, or so we thought.  After a few days of trying this, we noticed a definite improvement.  When he barks with the collar on and he hears the beep, he stops, looks around and sits for a minute.  Eventually, he stopped barking completely for a few days.  After a while, if Max was wearing the collar outside, and he barked – he would stop and look around.  No beeping required.

Max (with bad hair) - hears a beep and turns his head
Max (with bad hair) – hears a beep and turns his head

We weren’t sure whether either the beep or the vibration worked at all.  But eventually we realized that either worked.  It seems like – alternating between he beep and the vibration confused him a bit – and worked even better!  Max has a complex personality though, so who knows what he’s thinking.

Eventually, we stopped putting the collar on him, and his behaviour stayed greatly improved.  If he begins barking more often, we put the collar on him and give him the occasional beep, and he remembers not to bark again quickly.

Petrainer remote control
Petrainer remote control

It’s not to say that this device is perfect.  If a very scary tricycle gang goes by, there may just be too much emotion to deal with and he may get too wound up to stop barking – beep or no beep.  I think the type of dog and his personality also determines the success of this product.  Max has a very relaxed, but stubborn disposition.  He generally does what he wants, but is not aggressive.  He cannot be bothered with sit, stay and come, but then he doesn’t generally cause any problems either, other than the occasional theft of socks or rummaging through the garbage.  It’s just that when he barks, he is quite loud and repetitive – sort of a Wub Woo Woo Woo……..

Max in his normal low-key state - the hat was likely too big to swallow
Max in his normal low-key state – the hat was likely too big to swallow

So, that said – the remote control collar trained him very simply to bark less, with very little effort on our part.  I can’t say it would work for more aggressive personalities, or for dogs that are on their own.  It just helped Max to be a more pleasant neighbour. 

Max on the front porch waiting for baby strollers - needs a hair appointment!
Max on the front porch waiting for baby strollers – needs a hair appointment!

The collar that we purchased was for larger dogs and had a nice flat expandable clip on collar, which fits him well.  It came with a charger for the remote and the collar – with 2 plugs.  This works well and the batteries are still working a year and a half later.  The instructions tell us not to put the collar on him for more than 12 hours at a time – and we don’t.  We just occasionally put it on him when he goes out on the porch for an hour or so to watch the neighbours, and then take it off when he comes inside.

Our remote control collar is labelled as rainproof – which is a good idea – and it also has a range of up to 330 yards. I haven’t tested it from that far away – BUT – I have been inside watching TV when the barking has started – and pointed the remote (not the TV remote) at Max through my living room window from my comfy chair. This has worked! What more could I ask for?

Max in my TV watching chair thinking about using the remote on me
Max in my TV watching chair thinking about using the remote on me

Based on our success with the product, I would recommend giving it a try as part of a training process for occasional nuisance barking.  On Chewy, there are versions available for under $30 – so I think that’s quite reasonable for an experimental gadget. I have wanted to review this product for a little while, because it actually helped us solve a problem (mostly!).

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14 thoughts on “Product Review – Remote Dog Training Collar

  1. I’ve tried using a similar tool but it never worked. It was more of a quick but temporary fix. It actually caused my Jack Russell Terrier to be even more fearful. The beeping, vibrating or sometimes the sharp sound. So I kept researching for other ways to help my dog with her anxiety. I discovered this positive reinforcement training method which is based on food or praise reward. It’s been a year since I tried it with her. She has improved so much. She isn’t quick to bark at birds, all elderly people anymore. We sometimes don’t even have to give her treats, a praise is enough. She’s also very well house trained now (no more treats needed). What I’m working on now is her excitement or anxiety when seeing unknown dogs. Unlike before, using this kind of method, it has helped me how to manage her. She used to go ballistic even when the dog was at a distance. But now using this method, she only barks when the dog is pretty close. With her temperament, it’s very challenging but with patience and consistency, I hope she’ll be totally fine with unknown dogs in the future. Anyway, thank you for sharing your experience with that tool.

    1. That’s good information Sheryl. Max has a VERY laid back personality, and so the collar just startles him a bit. I could see that for a high energy dog that has anxiety it might increase the anxiety, which wouldn’t be good at all! For Max, the collar was not perfect, but because he is so stubborn and confident, and he tends to run further away when we tell him to stop barking, so this keeps him in check! The barking behaviour had become a habit in our new neighbourhood and so he settled down after we trained him with it for a few days.

    1. Thank you Val! He looks much tidier now. I’m hoping he inspires another blog post so I can have an excuse to post another picture with his haircut.

  2. Hi Lillie,

    It’s great that Max has stopped barking, Congrats.
    You mentioned that ” The collar that we purchased also had a “shock” setting. We have NEVER used this on Max.” because it was to dangerous (or bad for Max). I read about other products with this feature and the results were very good and painless.

    1. The shock (we tried on ourselves) was quite startling, so we thought it might make him frightened. Just the beep setting works very well for Max. It distracts him for a few minutes and then he barks less. The results are good for Max. I suppose if he had some really bad or dangerous behaviour the shock might help, but we are dealing with a big but very laid back dog that’s a bit mischievous.

  3. Wow ive heard of shock collars and things but never thought to use them because it can make your dog fearful of you. Barking is natural but i can understand how it can be annoying, aslong as your not hurting your dog with it and buzzing the second he barks then this is something to look into.

    1. Yes the shock would likely make him fearful. We use the collar when he starts to get back to his old habits of barking at baby carraiges and small children. Then we use just the beep setting and he looks around to see where the beep is coming from and gets distracted. After a day or 2 of wearing the collar his barking is less pronounced.

  4. Great post and you earned my respect by trying the shock button on yourself and not on Max. We have similar problem with Doug the Golden Lab we took in a few months ago. He was three when he came to us and barked at his own shadow. Now, he is more confident. His barking is less and he walks to heel when out and about. The trouble with remote collars, as I see it and it is only a personal view, is that people use only them and don’t try the old fashioned methods which involve patience and persistence. I think Max is lucky to have found such a caring owner.

    1. Thank you, and I hope you are enjoying Doug. We still laugh at ourselves for trying the shock, but I am glad we did. Max’s issue is that he can roam around our entire yard with it’s fence, and we are on a corner, so he gets to see a lot of people walking. With the remote, we can give him a beep when he runs to the far corners of our yard and then eventually he remembers to settle down! It’s gotten to be a once in a while reminder.

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