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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ecollar Suggestions?

Hey all, I'm potentially looking at lower cost ecollar. Or more of anybody have had experience with ang lower cost ($50 or under or thereabouts). If they actually work and such. Reviews seem very mixed.

I only need a shorter range one not the crazy long distances. A beep and variable shock at the bare minimum but I think vibrating would be useful as well. It really doesn't need to be high tech just need a way to correct at a distance. Needs to fit a neck of 26-28". Nearly got a fancier one but the collar wouldn't have fit on the dog. If you can put the unit on a different collar that could work too.

since I would be working with electricity I don't want to get anything that could malfunction and hurt the dog or just stop working. One company seemed to have decent ones, reviews said some stopped working but if you contacted the company they'd get you a new unit but that doesn't sound ideal.
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Buy a good one you will have it forever. You never know how far you wish your single will reach until it can't .. waterproof...

buy used but by good..
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"since I would be working with electricity I don't want to get anything that could malfunction and hurt the dog "

Then don't buy a $50 E Collar. Don't by any E Collar you can go pick up at a store in town.

The only two I think are worth using are Dogtra or Mini Educator, and of those I prefer Dogtra..
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Hey just wanted to give you a little advice, I have seen people and used on my self the cheap $50 e-collars. This biggest difference is my dogtra has 125 sensitivity settings on the dial while the cheaper ones usually have 5-10 settings. So with the cheaper models the #1 setting is most likely around 12-25 on my dogtra so I can go much lower if my gsd is reacting to a lower level stimulant.

Much better for you dog and for training so you aren't zapping the **** out of him when a lesser shock would have the same effect and not scar him!

Also my dogtra is 100% water proof so swimming is not an issue.
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Kazel, I don't know if you know or not, but Chewy.com has a 1 year return policy even if it's opened and used. You might want to check on that if it's important to you. I heard the Sportdog brand is good from other dog owners and I bought one of those.
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Your dog is worth more than skimping on a cheap collar. I have the ET300 and it works great. I think I’ve seen them on sale for lower than the $170-ish I paid for mine. Some collars can produce inconsistent stim and with this undue stress for the dog, its not worth saving a few bucks in my opinion. I’m not familiar with sport dog, but have heard some good things, still I would research them well before buying.
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"since I would be working with electricity I don't want to get anything that could malfunction and hurt the dog "

Then don't buy a $50 E Collar. Don't by any E Collar you can go pick up at a store in town.

The only two I think are worth using are Dogtra or Mini Educator, and of those I prefer Dogtra..
Why Dogtra? Range, consistent contact?

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Dogtra is great value for the money. Get the large prongs to be able to contact the skin through the coat. Get a good one from the start. Do you have a plan on how to work with it, intro to the dog etc?
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Dogtra is great value for the money. Get the large prongs to be able to contact the skin through the coat. Get a good one from the start. Do you have a plan on how to work with it, intro to the dog etc?
Yes I have a plan for how I'll be using it and introducing to my pup. And I don't plan on needing it very long or maybe occasionally. I don't want to drop $150 on something I'll barely use. I'm more just using it to brush up on a few things. My dog is great and smart but she has a bit of a bratty side. This is a more of a letting her know I can reach from a distance. I plan on using beep/vibrate more than the actual shock because I don't think I'll need it.

As far as what somebody else said about distance I know I won't need a super long distance or a water proof swimming one so I don't need it fancy and tricked out.

If there aren't any solid lower cost ones I'll just continue on without because it's not important enough to get that I'm willing to spend that much on it. I'm a college student so big unnecessary purchases aren't a great idea lol.
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Consider it a Christmas gift for you. I as well highly recommend Dogtra.

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