IPets Releases New Dog Training Collars, PET617 and PET618
IPets is proud to announce its new product line release, the PET617 and PET618 dog training collars. The design of these devices is with the professional dog trainer in mind but the pricing fits within an everyday consumer’s budget. With the introduction of these dog-training systems into our product line, IPets has expanded our reach in the market. Inclusion of these e-collars will allow customers to purchase a professional grade shock collar at a fantastically low price. Now let us get more in depth on what each system has to offer. The PET617 and PET618 use similar mechanical and electronic systems on the inside but the user interface is vastly different between both products.
The PET617 is equipped with a LCD display that features a blue backlight, enabling nighttime usage. Switch intensity effortlessly with the adjustable intensity dial located at the top of the transmitter. Users have the choice to swap between continuous and momentary stimulation, depending on their training needs. The system boasts 100 intensity levels of vibration and same level of stimulation for the static shock function. Feel free to add another collar to the device, as the training device can operate two collars simultaneously.
For the PET618, a rotary dial to adjust the intensity of the stimulation replaces the LCD display. While the dial that adjusts the intensity on the PET617, replacing with a dog selector on the PET618. Instead of controlling two dogs on the PET617, you’re able to control up to three collars on the PET618. Another feature that differentiates the 618 from the 617 is the tone function that isn’t available on the 617, with the tone feature trainers can work on different training techniques.
Although the devices have some differences, there are common and standard features that both systems share. Both shock collars are waterproof and rechargeable, including the transmitter as well. Range for the training collars is approximately 650 yards. IPets is always striving to provide affordable, reliable and well-designed products to our customers and we believe we've accomplished that feat yet again with our two new training aids.
- iPets, Inc
Choosing the Correct E-Collar - Rechargeable Dog Training System
Questions we get a lot are, which collar should I purchase or what are the differences between these two dog training collars? Well, in this blog series, we hope to answer those questions and provide some insight on which features of a shock collar best suit your lifestyle, dog, environment. We'll be using our products as examples but feel free to use the same thought process for another manufacturer to hopefully narrow your search and the find the most suitable device for your needs. At the end of this article, I'll provide recommendations based on what we cover and for different training needs depending on the type of owner. We understand that purchasing a product with so many options can seem daunting and creates a little pressure on the buyer to ensure they're getting the perfect system, because no one likes returns. Hopefully, this blog helps!
In this first article, we'll cover only our rechargeable dog training systems. This means, both the remote transmitter (handheld device) and the collar receiver have rechargeable batteries. If you're someone who doesn't like batteries and is looking for a remote dog training collar, not a bark collar, then this quick buyer's guide is for you.
The most common feature to make a decision about for e-collars is the device being waterproof, water resistant, or having no resistance to water. First off, think of your dog, does he/she enjoy swimming? If so, you're going to need a collar that is waterproof and can be fully submerged without issues. Now, there might be some of you that train in conditions around water, such as a wetland or a similar wet environment, where it's possible the remote transmitter from your hand could get wet. We're not talking about a little rain, as most remote transmitters would be to handle rain but an area that has consistent rain, or training near a water source. If you're one of those people, consider looking for a unit that includes a waterproof remote transmitter as well.
If you're a dog owner, whose dog doesn't enjoy swimming, don't fret, there are lots of options for you and your dog. We generally suggest to purchase a water resistant collar, as you'll never know when your dog might splash in a small puddle or a light drizzle begins overhead. If you're living in a very dry conditions, where there is little to no rain, then an e-collar that provides no resistance might better suit your training needs.
Remember, the costs are usually higher the more waterproof your dog training collar system ends up being.
You've now made your decision on which direction you plan on going in terms of how waterproof your dog training system is going to be, it's now time to decide range. A general rule is the higher the range, the more expensive the system. If you're strictly training a household pet that might take occasional walks in the park, look at a short range system. If you're a hunter with a gun dog, long range is absolutely key and don't be afraid to splurge on the extra range. Keep in mind, the advertised range isn't the actual range you'll receive, unless in perfect conditions, as hilly terrain, and other radio devices can shorten the range.
Levels of Stimulation
This is difficult to judge as each collar has different amounts of stimulation they can provide, some offer 0-100, while others 1-8 for example. Generally, a collar with a lot of levels means that the difference intensity per level is more accurate and lessens the chance of over correcting your dog. Although, our PET618 features 1-8 levels but the 1 level is extremely low compared to the number 8. Whereas with our PET998DB, there's most likely not a noticeable difference in intensity between level 5 and 10.
Here's one of the biggest factors to consider when purchasing an e-collar. First off, think about your issues with your dog(s) that you're attempting to solve with an e-collar. For example, do you have two dogs that decide to not listen on walks and tend to take off? If so, you need a system that has allows you to make the fastest corrections possible. An intuitive system that feels like an extension of your arm, not one where you have to rotate between channel frequencies, in our units that's a 1/2 button. If you're training your dogs separately for different issues than fast corrections aren't a priority and one extra button won't negatively affect your training. It's recommending to attempt to focus on one dog at a time to ensure they're getting the necessary attention, instead of splitting your time attempting to train two dogs simultaneously. If you only have one dog, then the above doesn't really apply, so instead look at materials, button placement and size of the remote transmitter.
These are always nice to look out for and depend on personally preference, some people enjoy back lit remote transmitter as they tend to train in the dark more frequently. We offer two versions of one of our units, one with black buttons and one with blue silicone, which is softer on the touch and is can be seen easily in low conditions. Extra little features are always a bonus but weigh the other factors heavily when deciding in comparison to bonus features.
Waterproof Collar Receiver and Remote Transmitter, Long Range, Small Amount of Intensity Levels, and Selector Dial: IPets PET618
Waterproof Collar Receiver and Remote Transmitter, Long Range, Large Amount of Intensity Levels, and Fast Corrections: IPets PET617
Waterproof Collar Receiver and Remote Transmitter, Long Range, Short Amount of Intensity Levels and 1/2 Button: Petrainer PET910
Hope you pull some useful information from this blog. Next time we'll cover our non-rechargeable units!
- iPets, Inc
Best Stop Barking Device to Solve Problematic Excessive Barking
Stop Barking Device: Excessive Barking
Many dog owners have troubles with their dog barking too much or frantically when they are triggered by a sight, smell or sound (doorbell ringing). Why is this a problem? Because when a dog is set into such a frantic state, the animal can become unpredictable. A common stop barking device that’s suggested are bark collars.
Pet owners often use bark collars as a first line of training when dealing with a barking dog to no avail. Collars that simply react to a dogs barking do not always have the intended effect of the device: training the dog to stop barking in the first place. Not to mention, bark collars can be inaccurate and not dependable, as they will sometimes deliver stimulation when the dog is not barking as they sense throat vibrations, not the actual bark. These are the reasons we usually suggest, dog training collars as a more viable training solution.
Below are 3 reasons why barking can become a problem, and how our dog training collars can better assist with barking.
- Barking can be sign of aggression: Has your pet ever barked uncontrollably at a person or another dog? It can be frightening at times, for some owners, because barking can sometimes be a sign of excitement, but it can also be a sign of aggression. The difference between excitement and aggression can be hard to distinguish to an inexperienced owner. A dog barking uncontrollably can also cause a panic response in adults, children and other pets. Having the ability to control your pets uncontrollable barking allows an otherwise escalating situation to cease to exist.
- It is not easy to silence a dog with vocal commands: Has your dog ever been agitated, excited or begin to sporadically bark from a certain event? If so, your first reaction was probably to raise your voice, call the dog’s name or repeatedly call vocal commands to calm your pet. Does it work? Most of the time, not so much. With a dog training collar at your disposal, you will be able to combine vocal commands with static shock stimulation to immediately nip the problem in the bud. Even when you are not present, your dog will become trained to not become untameable in certain situations. If using just a bark collar, you wouldn’t be able to combine both vocal and static shock.
- Excessive barking can be loud and cause distractions: Uncontrollable barking can be loud and distracting. For example, having a quiet dinner with loved ones can be easily ruined by a loud and agitated dog. With an e-collar, the problem can be solved as soon as your pet starts barking, allowing you and your family to continue to enjoy your dinner peacefully.
Why Dog Training Collars are a Versatile Training Option
Many pet owners often become concerned with the idea of administering a static shock to their dog via an e-collar. With our line of training collars, pet owners can rest easy knowing that they have a range of different options when finding the best option for their companion. Our electric collars come with 4 different types of remote activation technology:
- A beep tone that will sound from the dog’s collar/receiver
- A vibration that will rumble the dog’s collar/receiver
- A static shock that will be sent to the dog through the collar/receiver
- Our e-collar even have a “light up” function to help find your dog in the dark
As you can see, our line of products offer a wide range of options to go about training your dog. The best part? The vibration and static function allow you to administer a static shock ranging from 1 to 100, which allows you to even further narrow down the most suitable training for your dog!
- iPets, Inc
Let's Talk Shock Collar Safety - Pressure Necrosis/Sores
The purpose of this blog is to warn all shock collar users about the most common danger when using an electronic training system. When it comes to designing our e-collars, safety is one of our top priorities. A common overlooked problem with dog training collars is pressure sores. These bed sores occur from neglecting proper care, maintenance and monitoring by an owner. Electronic training collars aren't meant to be worn constantly, they're only meant to be worn for training purposes.
In every IPets or Petrainer product manual we warn users what signs to look for and how to treat pressure necrosis if found after wearing a shock collar. We feel this information should be shared and available as much as possible on the web, as there's lots of misinformation or no information at all on this subject.
First off, when this injury appears a lot of people think the collar has burned their dog, but it's incorrect to refer to these sore as burns. Burns are caused by heat and the static shock doesn't generate heat.
Proper fit of the collar is important because a loose collar may cause inconsistent performance but a collar worn for too long of a period or made too tight on the dog's neck may cause skin irritation. This irritation can range from redness to pressure ulcers. When we say pressure ulcers, they can look like holes that bore down into the dog's neck in the worst case scenarios.
Don't worry, there are ways to avoid to this situation entirely and it starts with you, the owner.
Here are some steps to avoid or treat pressure necrosis:
- Avoid leaving the collar on the dog for more than 12 hours per day.
- When possible re-position the collar on the pet's neck every 1 to 2 hours.
- Check the fit to prevent excessive pressure.
- Never connect a lead to the electronic collar because it may cause extra pressure on the contacts.
- Wash the dog's neck and the contact points weekly with a damp cloth.
- Examine the dog's neck where the contact points meet and check for signs of a rash or a sore.
- If a rash or sore is found, discontinue use of the collar until the skin is healed.
- If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your local veterinarian.
Bed sores are a preventable injury but proper adjustment is absolutely necessary. Always practice and follow these precautions when using dog training collars or bark collars.
- iPets, Inc
Shock Collar Training Tips
Shock Collars are a very controversial training aid and one that’s been discussed thoroughly since their inception into the market. The use of shock collars, remote training collars or dog training collars is most commonly found when attempting to stop dogs from barking or keeping them inside a certain property perimeter. Other common uses for shock collars are to train dogs, stop behavioral issues and teach dogs to stay away from dangerous animals or objects.
Always remember to avoid using an e-collar as punishment or to eliminate dog aggression in any form. Aggressive dogs could potentially turn on their owner or others if given static stimulation via a shock collar. Training your dog with a remote training collar is quite common nowadays in the dog world, especially with the stricter government regulations and society’s view on well-behaved dogs.
With anything you pursue in your life, be it a product or a new challenge you plan on undertaking, doing the necessary research beforehand is crucial. If you believe a shock collar could allow you to reach the results you’re hoping to achieve with your dog, then purchase a training system.
Training with dog training collars is only effective as the owner operating the training system. Without a confident, knowledgeable person using an e-collar, then this type of training will be ineffective and possibly detrimental to your dog’s health and mental state.
Follow these suggestions to achieve the optimal results with your dog:
When first receiving your electronic training collar, start at the lowest level of stimulation and observe your dog’s body language when you send a signal from the remote transmitter to the receiver fastened around the dog’s neck. For instance, the dog’s ear might twitch or may move his head in attempt to get away from the collar. If there’s no response from your dog at the lowest level of stimulation, up the stimulation by one level at a time until you’ve found a stimulation where you’re achieving a reaction from your dog. When we say reaction, we mean a twitch of an ear or a subtle head movement, not yelping.
Say a command, ensure it’s a command the dog is familiar with, such as sit or stay and await your dog’s response. If he ignores the command or isn’t paying attention to you, activate the button on your remote transmitter to send stimulation to the dog and repeat the command. Once he responds, praise your dog thoroughly, with a simple “good dog.”
A crucial part of training is sending correction at an appropriate time and attempting to achieve the fastest correction possible. Plan for your dog’s bad behavior, if your dog digs holes in the backyard; be ready with your remote training collar when letting him outside.
The most common process with a remote transmitter is starting with the beep function to warn your dog, if there’s no reaction, you move onto the vibration feature. Lastly, if there’s still no response from your dog, you engage him with the shock stimulation.
We hope you pull some useful information from this blog post but remember, this isn’t the complete guide to training your dog, and there’s a vast amount of detailed information out on the web.
We suggest searching on Google with the phrase of “Shock Collar Training Tips” to achieve the best search results or contacting your local professional dog trainer.
- iPets, Inc
Do Shock Collars Work? Lets answer that question and more!
Do Shock Collars Work?
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to training your pet is do shock collars work? The answer to this question is ultimately yes, shock collars can be an effective way to curb many different stubborn behaviors in dogs such as excessive barking, unwanted aggression, pet containment and general stubborn behavior but this all depends on the trainer and how they are administering this aversive training technique. It is also very important and should be understood that canines are associative learners. There are many different factors that can lead to positive and negative training results when using aversive training.
Such factors for example, is the environment they are being trained in, whether it is in your own backyard, at the local dog park, or off –leash training on the sidewalk. Factors such as objects in those environments may affect your dog’s association towards the shock stimulation as well. These objects could include people, vehicles, animals, etc. Any negative/improper association with the shock collar could result in physical pain, stress, anxiety, fear, aggression and abnormal behaviors towards these objects in the training environment.
Timing and awareness are VERY IMPORTANT when training with shock collars. We stress the importance of timing and awareness because if used improperly the shock collar can actually make a dog’s behavior worse. When a dog is misbehaving or being disobedient, it is up to the trainer to send an electric shock into the dog’s neck to discourage him from engaging in that undesirable behavior.
With proper usage of this training device you can be successful with e-collar training but remember, just because you have a great tool to assist you with a job, without proper training that tool is useless.
Are shock collars safe?
Shock collars have been a hot topic in today’s society regarding whether or not they are safe to use and the answer is yes, they will not cause physical harm to your dog when used properly. Let us stress used properly, as improper usage of an e-collar can not only cause setbacks in your training but also damage to your dog's well being. Below is a table that compares common electrical output devices with electronic dog training devices.
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As you can see a dog training collar emits the lowest amount of static impulses compared to other forms of electronic training devices. Now it is also important to know that shock collars have adjustable levels of shock stimulation. So based on the level of shock stimulation you have the level of discomfort that will actually increase as the correction level increases due to the number of pulses increasing per second. The reason for having different levels of stimulation is to find the minimal level that will stop the unwanted behavior without overstimulating your dog and is also the level to get the best possible training experience. This level when found is called the “working level.” Don’t forget most shock collars have a vibration feature for dog’s that are sensitive to the shock emitted from your dog training collar. If you’re finding that your dog responds well to the vibration and you have no need for static shock stimulation, think about purchasing a vibration collar.
Our advice and recommendation
E-collars training can either be very successful or a complete unsuccessful disaster, a lot of it boils down to a few key things. Learn how to properly use your e-collar either by self-educating yourself with books or watching videos online. Another way to learn proper dog training collar usage is to take your dog to a professional trainer who specializes in using electric collars. Without proper technique from the e-collar user, the dog will not have a positive learning experience. Start educating yourself by clicking on how to train a dog with a shock collar.
Another consideration that must be taken into account is your dog not responding to other methods of training? If so, maybe an e-collar is right for your dog. Dogs are like children, there’s no one right way to discipline them as every dog is different and unique, so don't be afraid to attempt a little trial and error to find the perfect training method for YOUR situation.
Now how do you know if shock collars are the right option for you? If it seems you have a very stubborn dog that you cannot get to listen to you or obey any of your commands using these other training options, then we would recommend aversive training (shock stimulation), and if that doesn’t seem to correct your dogs unwanted behavior's then maybe a professional trainer coupled with an e-collar is the right option for you.
Thanks for your time and hopefully this blog post helped make you an informed decision on whether to purchase a dog training collar system.
- iPets, Inc