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Dog Training: E-Fence, E-Collar, or Bark Collar?

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If you’ve been around dogs for some time, you must be well aware they too have different personalities much like us. And, while it’s easier for us to generalise certain traits and behaviours based on specific breeds, it’s not all black and white like that. For example, even though poodles and border collies are listed among the most easily trained breeds, there’s no guarantee your pup of either breed would be an obedient student right from the start.

If you do happen to have trouble right away as soon as you welcome the new member to the family, then you might as well try getting some help from specialised training means like the e-fence, e-collar, or bark collar. As to which one is the perfect fit for your pup, you have to decide based on the specifics of the case you’re dealing with, and the training assistance you require.


dog training e-fence
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Also known as electric containment system, the dog fences electric systems are created to make training within a designated area as hassle-free for you as possible, regardless of whether you’re training one trouble-maker, two, or a whole bunch of them. Since not all dogs are the same, as I already mentioned, the great news is there are different designs for you to choose from based on the breed, size, weight, and level of stubbornness you’re dealing with.

What is the purpose of dog fence? Simply containing a dog, and can be of assistance with protecting the dog from running away which is a huge benefit especially if you live in a neighbourhood with busy traffic. Whether the dog is prone to digging, climbing, and going over, this type of fence or even an imaginary fence (as in the case of the wireless) could correct this behaviour.

The way these dog fences electric in design work is by being connected in a system that also has an e-collar for the dog, so when there’s an unwanted movement towards the fence or space the pup isn’t supposed to cross, the collar emits a sound or even an electronic correction which isn’t harmful. But, to make the most of the purchase, you have to ensure you choose the appropriate model for the breed, temperament, and size.

You also have the chance to decide on the make and way of the use of the device, as there are indoor, above-ground, and in-ground models in addition to the popular wireless. Each comes with its own pros and cons. The indoor is perfect for indoor training plus the chance for limited outdoor training, whereas above-ground is a model you can use to line the property.

The wireless electric fence for dog as implied is with a wireless signal and although offers portability so you can use it anywhere you see fit, it may be somewhat limited in the distance it can reach, whereas the in-ground which require more physical effort with the installation. If you don’t know what all the bits and pieces in the fence kit are for, from the boundary flags to the wires, you also get an operating manual to guide you through.


dog training with e-collar
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Also known as remote training collars, these are fit for dog training in general and could be obedience training, off-leash training, or correcting bad behaviours. Although in the past they were what was referred to as shock collars, nowadays they’re far from this because they don’t shock the pup but rather stimulate the affected muscles, ensuring there’s no pain or harm whatsoever.

This way, pets can associate this stimulation with the correction of unwanted behaviours. It can also be the solution to doing specific training for hunting, and service, like using dogs in certain professions or places where they can be of help providing comfort and assistance to people in need. As such, it’s broader than the training of dog fences electric systems, and bark collars.

Keep in mind that e-collars are electronic training devices that are operated by a handheld remote, though with the advancements in technology there have emerged other more diversified models, like those with vibration, tone, as well as static modes. Besides offering you a range of operating options, you also have the ability to train and correct over long distances.

Bark Collar

dog training with anti-bark collars
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Now, as you might guess, this is a type of collar that’s different from the previous counterpart because it’s created for a more specific type of training – that of correcting excessive barking. Also known as anti-bark collars, these are automatic and operated by batteries, based on a technology that detects problematic barking. As soon as the dog barks incessantly, the device is created to send stimulation to distract and stop the behaviour.

Depending on what it is you prefer, and what the dog reacts to the best, there are collars with one or several modes and operating options, including static, vibration, spray, ultrasonic tone, beeping, and a combination of these you can try if for some reason your dog stops responding to one or the other. If you can, get one with all of these to see what your pooch is most responsive to and get the best outcome.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.