Shock Collar Help - Pinpointing The Correct Stimulation Level For Your Dog


You've just received a brand new e-collar, you've been through the instruction manual and fitted the collar around your dog's neck. What's next? Well, glad you asked. The next step, and frankly, the most crucial is ensuring your shock collar is on a stimulation level that grabs your dog's attention, without being harmful. The main question people have is, how do I go about finding that sweet spot? Luckily, I have a few tips on how to do exactly that, while being safe for both you and your dog.

Remember! When we're using the term, stimulation level, this applies to both vibration and static shock. This blog will cover how to test vibration stimulation when the time comes to discuss testing your training system on your dog. I

First off, every dog training collar is different when it comes to stimulation levels. There are exceptions with e-collars under the same brand, as they may utilize similar components but the majority of the time; you want to approach the shock collar as an unknown entity. 

For example, here at IPets, three of our shock collars are identical when it comes to the strength of the stimulation. Those three are the Petrainer PET998DR, PET998DB and PET916. I'd still go through the same process below with these e-collars, even though I'm familiar how each operates. Not to mention, you might be using a shock collar which you have experience with, but have a new dog who's never been trained or introduced to such a device. To be on the safe side, always take these necessary steps written below. 

Test the Collar on Yourself

This is controversial, but if done correctly like with your dog, it's completely safe. The easiest and safest route to testing the collar's shock stimulation on yourself, is by simply placing your hand, arm or finger across BOTH contact points. The reason for stressing both contact points is because without simultaneously touching both contact points, you won't complete the connection, and no shock will be felt. Once you have some body part across both contact points, start at the lowest shock stimulation level possible. Most likely, at the lowest stimulation level, you won't feel any stimulation but depending on the collar, you very well could. Pay attention to when you begin feeling stimulation, when it's very noticeable and when it's unbearable. This practice can help you determine a starting point for your dog, but it's mainly for you to feel what you're subjecting your dog to. I wouldn't recommend starting on a point from this test, as the level your dog can handle might be wildly different, due to his temperament, skin, and fur thickness. 

If you dislike the idea of placing the collar against yourself, or are uneasy about testing the dog training collar on yourself and have a IPets or Petrainer product, then no worries, all of product's packaging come included with a test light. Take the test light out of the packaging. You'll notice a metal wire running across the bottom of the test light, place the metal wire against the metal screws on your collar receiver. Once the screws are against the wire, press the activation button to send the static shock to collar receiver, the test light will glow orange, and depending on your level, glow dimly or brightly. Here's a photo to better illustrate how to place the test light:


Test the Collar on your Dog

Before rushing in headfirst and instantly delivering stimulation to your dog in search of that perfect level, allow him to wear the collar, so he adjusts to the system. No need for stimulation, let him walk around and continue his day-to-day activity. 

After that, it's time to find that lowest possible stimulation level that's going to produce a reaction out of your dog. Ensure your dog isn't fixated on you but close enough, so you can clearly monitor his movements and reactions. Remember to have set the lowest stimulation level possible and then press the button to send the signal. Does your dog react? If not, increase the stimulation level by one increment and press the activation button. Continue this process until your dog reacts. You might be asking, what am I looking for? First, I'll tell you what you're not looking for, which is yelping or pain. What you're looking for is a turn or lowering of the dog's head or an ear twitch, something subtle. Once you've recognized this reaction, this will be the starting stimulation level for your dog and the only level you should be using for your dog in most common situations. 

Small Dog or Using Vibration Only

With smaller breeds of dogs there might not be a need for shock stimulation and the vibration feature might appropriately curb any misbehavior the dog exhibits. Again, test the same way as you would with shock stimulation, set the stimulation level to the lowest possible number on the shock collar and gradually increase the amount until you're receiving a reaction from your dog. 

Always remember, start low until the "sweet spot" is found. That's your training level and the one you should rely on most often. 


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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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Petrainer releases new Dog Training Collar, PET998DBB


IPets is pleased to announce the release of the newest addition to our e-collar product catalog under the Petrainer brand, the PET998DBB. The PET998DBB is a continuation of our previous product, the PET998DB. We've taken some feedback from our customers about our previous version and hopefully addressed some design features in this latest version. 

What we've done is address the lack of readability of our old model, which was a completely black remote, even the lettering on the function buttons. We decided to stencil the remote transmitter buttons white and place them against a blue silicone background. This allows the buttons to "pop" and avoid low light situations where it's hard to distinguish the buttons. The silicone is firm, feels nice to the touch and provides a better user experience than our previous model. 

The previous model was one of Petrainer's most successful models and we hope to have the same repeat success with this training system but picking up where we left off. We've felt these changes dramatically improve the system, while keeping it an affordable e-collar.

Click dog training collar to learn about this training system or be one of the first to purchase our latest device.

IPets and Petrainer are always striving to provide the best customer service possible and we're always looking for customer feedback on how to improve our products. Don't hesitate to contact us, if you aren't fully satisfied with your Petrainer or IPets shock collars


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New Promising Products for IPets, IPets PET619 Released

New Promising Products for IPets

Futuristic and small, fitted e-collars expand IPets’ business

Belluve, Washington State – February, 2016

One of the leading dog training device manufacturers, IPets, has just released a new brand defining product. The company has continued to grow and with it, has gained better knowledge on what their customers want. Thus, the IPets PET619-2 and IPets PET619-1 has been engineered and manufactured for the customer’s needs. This new line of e-collar training devices for dogs have the ability to open up a new market for the company, a market directed towards smaller dog owners.

The PET619 e-collar now has the receiver size and stimulation levels to perfectly train smaller dogs as small as 10 pounds. The simplistic and ergonomic design also allows for a completely new customer interface. 

The PET619 is officially on sale through the IPets website as of now. Customers can also access IPets products through major online retailers and traditional brick and mortar stores. The IPets team would like to thank the customers and community members of the IPets brand

To learn more about the new IPets PET619 and other IPets’ products visit our website at for more info, or contact If you would like to talk to an IPets customer service agent, simply call 1866-877-7949.

Happy training!

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Introduction to IPets Line of Shock Collars and Bark Collars

Hello Readers!

IPets plans to establish ourselves as a leader in pet training technology, as both a manufacturer and a distributor. We'd like to take a few moments to introduce readers to our core products that have garnered us respect in the dog training field. Our current product line includes products for the new dog owner to a professional dog trainer, all at affordable prices.  


The PET998DB, IPets' flagship introductory device for beginner shock collar users. This device provides reliability, effectiveness and safety, while staying within an acceptable price range for our customers. New to training your dog? Don't want to spend an exuberant amount of money on a training system? Then the PET998DB is IPets' recommendation that will best suit your training needs. 

To find out more about this training collar or purchase the training system, click e-collar


PET853 is IPets' starting bark collar to reduce or eliminate irritating barking. It's easy to use and utilizes a proven training tactic to help curb your dog's barking habits. The device features sensitivity adjustment to accommodate any barking level emitted from any type of dog or to adjust depending on the environment your dog inhabits. 

Click bark collar to find out more information on this system or to make a purchase. 


The PET916 is our professional grade training collar, known for it's durability and high level build quality. Both the receiver and the transmitter of this training system are completely waterproof, allowing the user to train in any conditions and the dog to enjoy all wet environments to their fullest! 

To find out more about this shock collar or purchase this training system, click dog training collar.

Stay updated with our blog for new product releases and other news articles involving the dog training field. 


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IPets Releases New Product Line of Vibration Collars


We've got exciting news, our new release of vibrating collars. Over the past years, we've realized a void in our product catalog and customers have brought up the need for vibration collars. There's a few reasons we decided to develop this new line of products. One, there's a certain negative stigma around dog training collars with a shock function, even though they're proven to not hurt the dog but deliver minor discomfort. IPets as a company understood that viewpoint, that people might not be keen on our products due to shock stimulation. The second reason for producing a vibration collar is to accommodate lightweight dogs which are too small for electric collars or dogs' that are sensitive to static shock stimulation. As we know, every dog reacts to stimulation differently and sometimes, as our loyal customers have said, vibration is the right amount of correction for their dog.   we're glad to announce they're now available at our standard of providing reliable products at affordable prices.

In saying that, we're glad to announce our vibration collars are now available and will meet the IPets' standard of reliability and affordability 

Click Vibration Collars to view our venture into our newest product line. 



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