Shock Collar Placement and How Tight Should a Shock Collar Be?


So you are new to the electric collar scene and you finally get the device charged, synced and put together. Your dog is yapping away, chewing your shoes and has a freshly dug hole in your backyard roughly the size of the neighbors in-ground pool. You are ready to start the training. You go to strap the collar on your pet and you ask yourself, “Where does the collar go on my dog’s neck?” Great, now what?

This blog will clear everything and more up about dog shock collars and the proper positioning required to get the most out of the device.

We will cover, what size of contact points to use, the tightness of the collar strap and the position of your collar receiver, as they're all key elements to insure that you and your pet will get the most out of your e-collar. For now, let’s start with the contact points. 

Contact Points - Contact is Key!

At iPets we have designed a vast majority of our products to come with different sized contact points that attach to the collar receiver? Why? Because every dog is different. For example, our PET998 series comes with 3 different sizes of contacts: small, medium and large. This allows users options when customizing their receivers. The longer your pet’s hair, the longer the contact points you should use.

These contact points are included to enable the receiver to make contact with your dog’s skin, because if they do not, your pet will receive intermittent contact or none at all. That brings us to our next point, the tightness of your dog’s collar.

Below is a photo of a set of contact points commonly found in your iPet's packaging!

Shock Collar E-Collar Contact Points - IPets Petrainer

How Tight is Too Tight? 

The question may arise, how tight should the collar be on my pet’s neck?  The answer is simple, but not always easily achieved. The collar strap should be tight enough that the contact points are applying light pressure on your dog’s neck but it shouldn't be able to slide or re-position itself on your pet’s neck. You may have to take a few minutes to get the right adjustment, but this step is very important when working with e-collars.

The best test to ensure you have optimal tightness is being able to get a finger or two underneath the collar. 

Remember, a sliding collar can cause raking-like agitation to your dog’s neck and too much pressure can lead to pressure sores, also known as pressure narcosis.

Please refer to the image below for a test to measure tightness. 

Collar Tightness

Shock Collar Placement - Who, what and where?

Onto the final step. You have the right contacts, you have the tightness level adjusted, but now you want to make the final adjustments. Where in the world do I put the collar receiver on my dog’s neck? The correct answer is the collar should be positioned on the lower side of your dog’s neck, under your pet’s chin.

This position eliminates the possibility of the collar getting loose and gravity taking effect , causing the collar to slide  around your dog's neck, which could cause injury. 

It may sound like a uncomfortable position for your pet, but the truth is, if you have followed these steps and adjusted the tightness correctly, your pet will barely notice the device. The reason why this area of your pet’s neck is the best option when using electric bark collars is because this location has the least loose skin and fur, enabling the device to activate to make proper contact when delivering stimulation. 

Below is an image showing proper place of an e-collar or bark collar. 

Shock Collar Dog Training Collar Proper Placement

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