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. … The best test to ensure you have optimal tightness is being able to get a finger or two underneath the collar.
Do shock collars hurt the dog?
Shock collars can harm your dog. The electrostatic shock can cause psychological distress for your pet, including phobias and high levels of stress, and can result in unhealthy increases in heart rate and painful burns to your dog’s skin.
How do you know if a shock collar is too tight?
The best way to avoid this is to do the old “two fingers” test. Try to place two of your fingers in between the collar and your dog’s neck. If you can’t get two whole fingers in the space, it’s too tight. If you can get more than two, the collar is too loose.
How tight is too tight for E collar?
You should be able to get 2 finger between the e collar strap and the dog’s neck. It should not be too tight, or it could cause what some people call collar-sores, or Pressure Necrosis, on the dog’s neck, which is similar to human bed sores.
Are shock collars cruel?
Despite what some trainers or pet store employees may say, shock collars are not safe or humane for your dog. Fear, or pain-based training methods may have some short-term results, but they can also lead to other behaviour problems such as aggression, phobias and high levels of stress in your dog.
Do dog trainers recommend shock collars?
You should consider using a shock collar to train your dog only if you’ve reached the limits of positive reinforcement, and even then only after enlisting the help and expertise of a professional trainer or veterinarian.
Can you shock your dog too much?
Individual animals vary in their temperaments and pain thresholds; a shock that seems mild to one dog might be severe to another. The anxiety and confusion caused by repeated shocks can lead to changes in a dog’s heart and respiration rate or gastrointestinal disorders.