The vast majority of people who contact Dogtra UK to purchase an E-Collar do so in order to obtain a reliable recall and stop their dog chasing. Lets face it, the problem is not really that your dog is chasing. The problem is that it will not come back when you call it, during which time it is either sniffing something you would rather it did not, chasing something you rather it did not or running towards something you would rather it did not.

So people just like you and me purchase their Dogtra E-Collar not to be cruel but to obtain a 100% reliable, bombproof recall no matter what the circumstances. I really do mean no matter what!

Shock Collar, Stop dogs chasing now.

I used to breed and sell dogs to the police. A young Belgian Shepherd bitch was returned to me. She had good obedience and was attentive, but just not right for the police. At the time I lived on a farm and the farmer had put sheep in the field at the back to mop up some sugar beet. I walked her on a long line for 2 weeks to ensure she was OK with the sheep and she never batted and eye. So I thought I would walk her off leash. She walked fine, ignored the sheep for around 3 days and then on the 4th day she took off. She burst through the electric sheep fence and began flooring sheep by the throat, one after the other. She would drag one down and then let go and grab another. The whole flock were in panic. I had raced across the field, shouting myself hoarse, she was running within a few yards of me and I took to hurling lumps of sugar beet at her as I screamed in desperation. The whole thing was made worse as the farmer was sat on his tractor about 400 yards away watching the whole sorry mess.



After 10 minutes and countless sheep floored, I gave up. I began to walk back to the house to get my shotgun. I was going to have to shoot my own dog, before the farmer did it for me and before she killed any of the sheep, some of whom were lying on the ground transfixed with fear. She must have sensed what was going to happen as she stopped chasing and ran up to me, adopting a perfect heel position. I was not happy!!! But I did my best to mask it and praised her for coming back.

Now those sheep could easily have been rabbits, hares, squirrels, cattle, hens, ducks, other dogs or people. The desire to chase in some dogs is very strong, as is the desire to play. I don’t pay any heed to those who say that the failure of a recall is because of a poor relationship with a dog. I know from experience that you can bake as much liver cake, purchase the most expensive treats, change from red Leicester to Cathedral City Mature cheddar, if your dog wants to chase or engage another dog in play then love and kindness will not stop it! Even professional (household names) in the dog training world buy these collars from me to allow them the freedom to walk their highly trained dogs in the countryside without fear of losing them to a chase situation.

So how do you do it? Firstly you get this idea right out of your head. You do not use an E-collar as an arse kicking device!!!!

Your dog will learn nothing from punishment and associate far more towards a reward.

So let us assume you have accustomed yourself or your dog to your Dogtra E-Collar. You know what level your dog can just about feel it at. That is when your dog looks around as if a fly has just landed on him/her or someone has just touched it’s fur.Most dogs will respond within about 10-15 points of this level when distracted.

So, you take your dog out into an area where you are not likely to see many moving distractions and you give your dog an imaginary perimeter. Say 30 yards, every time your dog gets to the edge of that 30 yards you call it back, regardless of what it is doing. I am presuming here that you should have at least taught your dog to come to it’s name or recall command. If your dog comes back of it’s own accord then you reward it appropriately, lots of high pitched praise, patting, stroking, food rewarding or a game with a toy, whatever pleases your dog but it should be left in no uncertain terms that it is the most amazing dog in the world at this point.

So what if your dog does not come back of it’s own accord? Well, if it is just distracted, sniffing rabbit scent etc then use the vibrate button, if it does not respond to vibrate then use the nick button. It’s a bit like tapping your dog and saying “I really insist you come back NOW”. Bit as soon as your dog steps towards you then there should be lots of encouragement, verbal praise, the offer of food or a toy. Again, your dog should feel like it is the most amazing dog in the world, even though you have used the collar.

This needs to be repeated over and over for a few days, you perimeter can be shorter or longer depending on your dog. But I would say after 3-5 days, double your perimeter and repeat. Your dog MUST be lavished with praise and attention EVERY TIME it does the right thing REGARDLESS of whether or not you have used the collar.

I work slightly differently with dog chasing? This is where a Dogtra E-Collar comes into it’s own. Nearly all the Dogtra UK range of E-collars have three options for stimulation.

  1. Page (Vibrate) This is a constant intensity and keeps going while ever you have your finger on the Page button.
  2. Nick (40th of a second electrical impulse) It’s like the static feeling you get of a car or a supermarket trolley except you can alter the intensity of it. Useful for if your dog is distracted.
  3. Constant (Continual Pulses) While ever you have your finger on the button. However at 12 seconds the collar stops pulsing as enough is enough, your dog should be under control by this stage.

The important thing about Nick & Constant is that you can vary the intensity from 0-127 levels. So back to the question, what if your dog is chasing?

Give your recall command at the same time as you press the Constant button, and whilst pressing the button keep increasing the level of the impulse gradually but as quickly as is needed to stop the situation getting out of hand. keep recalling, whistling whatever it is you do until your dog turns back towards you. As soon as it does this, take you finger off the button. At this moment you need lots of verbal high pitched praise and encouragement until your dog is all the way back in .Reward it with pats, strokes, verbal praise, food, toy etc. If you can let your dog go again, give your dog it’s freedom back, but you may want to enforce a perimeter, especially if you can still see whatever your dog was running towards.

If your dog were to take on step towards you and the pulsing stopped and then it began chasing again I would put my finger straight back on the button and continue increasing the pulse.

Your dog is learning a valuable lesson in that it can switch the collar off at lower and lower levels. This is very important, you want your dog to think about its training in a positive light, not be afraid of it.



Now I am sure the the anti E-Collar people who look at such training aids with a level of hysteria will still be saying that this is cruel and it is about hurting your dog etc. Firstly, if I did have to hurt my dog, I would rather I hurt it in a measured way for the right reasons than for it to be shot, run over or go missing and possibly subsequently stolen.

To illustrate this I would like to go back to the police dogs. 

The police asked if they could bring a fully trained police dog back to me that they had purchased from me as a puppy, grown on trained and licensed as a police dog. The reason being that when the dog was tracking criminals he would veer off and track game. This made him unreliable to them but was a source of a large payday for me as personal protection type dogs do not need to track and this dog came with a full police history.

So, the morning came of the dogs return. He was called Shaggy (I changed it to Sharky) The police asked me what I was going to do with him, sell him I replied. But what about the game chasing issue? I told them I would train him on a Dogtra E-Collar. Now this dog had a very good standard of obedience, he had a full police licence, he knew what here and come meant in every circumstance, he just chose to ignore it.

The two police instructors asked me if they could watch me introduce the collar to Shaggy. I knew about half a mile from my house there was a spot in an open field where hares had been boxing each other and this would be a real test for Shaggy. We spent the half a mile finding Shaggy’s introductory level and doing a few perimeter recalls. Then we got to the point in the field that was laced with hare scent and he was off!

The two police instructors looked mortified, I had signed for transfer of Shaggy back into my name but the timing was too close for their comfort and at this stage it was fair to say that their backsides fell out. I asked them to tell me at what point they wanted him back. They quickly said NOW! Shaggy was about 600 yards away on an open field and heading towards a nature reserve.

I shouted SHAGGY, HEEERRRRRE and pressed Continuous at a very low level. He immediately turned, took my finger off the button, gave him loads of high pitched praise and encouragement all the way in and produced a ball on a rope for him to play with. We had a game of tug, I let him win and he was as happy as Larry. The two police instructors said “Was that it”?

I said, what did you expect and yep they expected shrieking, yelping, basically arse kicking from me or the collar. Neither of them could believe that they as police dog instructors had been banned by their senior officers from using E-Collars especially now it had been demonstrated how simply effective they are. Both of them realised that this only needed to be layered over and over in order to re pattern the dog into the behavior they desired. They were giving away thousands of pounds worth of police dog.

Now that could well have been your dog, out in the field or woods chasing rabbits, hares, pheasants, deer etc. You might have a dog that likes to play with other dogs or simply loves to greet other people by running over to them and jumping up. This may have led to your dog being labelled as viscous or out of control and you could have stopped it instantly had your dog been wearing an E-Collar. my only advice with your dog running towards dogs and other people is that your dog must never be more than two thirds of the way to making contact with the dogs or people (More about that later). It’s not an excuse to take your eyes off your dog!

If you have a dog that you simply cannot trust to come back when you call it and when it is distracted or your dogs chasing then give me a call.

Dogtra E-Collars really are very simple to use and rather than months of uncertain dog training lessons and psychoanalysis of your dog, get it under control quickly, stop your dog chasing, take the stress and pressure out of your walks. Give your dog it’s freedom to run and enjoy the great times you have together.

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Dogtra ARC 800 Invisible E-Collar

In 2014 Dogtra took the E-collar dog training world by storm when it announced the Dogtra ARC 800 Dog Training Collar. The Dogtra ARC 800 is ergonomically designed so that the receiver unit is curved and appears to form part of the collar strap.

This in turn disguises the collar on your dogs neck and minimises people seeing or responding to the fact that you have control of your dog via a training collar or sometimes incorrectly referred to as a shock collar.

The Dogtra ARC 800 has an 800m range and is expandable to a two dog unit by the Dogtra ARC 800 Remote Training Collaraddition of a second receiver unit which is available from Dogtra UK.

The ARC 800 is fully waterproof, both the collar and handset will take full immersion in water. It is powered via lithium polymer batteries and operates vi digital technology. This ensures that in an emergency when you really need to communicate with your dog a reliable signal is received by the collar and you are able to recover from what may have become a catastrophic or dangerous situation.

I think one of the best features of the Dogtra ARC 800 is its ergonomic shape. On a medium to large breed of dog the curve of the receiver blends into the shape of the collar strap and the dogs neck, thus making this e-collar almost invisible.


Most people use the Dogtra ARC 800 to ensure that they have a reliable recall for their dog under distraction. This distraction can include your dog chasing rabbits, other wild animal and even livestock. Sometimes people who purchase the Dogtra ARC 800 are concerned about their dogs running up to other people and their dogs. You can effectively stop this by using an e-collar but care must be taken.

If you intend to use your Dogtra ARC 800 to stop your dog from running up to people an their pets you must keep a close eye on your dog. The collar must not be used as a punishment, only as an extension of your reach. Use the collar to develop a 100% reliable recall and enforce the recall before your dog has reached the people or animals for whom you are concerned. Under not circumstances should you use the collar whilst your dog is stood next to a stranger or their animal as your dog may think it is them that has activated the collar and react negatively.

Please click on my Dogtra ARC 800 unboxing video where the features of this collar are explained.

If you have any further questions you can contact me on the details below.

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Dogtra UK Dogtra YS300 Anti Bark Collar


Dogtra UK Dogtra YS300 Anti Bark CollarDogtra UK supplies the Dogtra YS300 Anti Bark Collar.

I always say that there is no finesse with an anti bark collar. The dog has to realise it is wearing the collar and has to realise that the electrical stimulation / in this case correction is coming from the collar.

Dogtra Anti Bark collars work when placed around your dogs neck where through the use of microphone technology it automatically monitors noise generated from your dogs throat. The collar is looking for the loud noise of a bark and in the case of the YS300 the Anti Bark Collar can respond either by vibrating or by a startling electrical stimulation, correction or interruption. Once your dog has realised that they collar is only operating when it barks then your dog will very quickly learn not to bark when wearing the collar.


As the Dogtra YS300 Anti bark collar is activated via noise coming from your dogs throat, I advise that your dog does not wear it whilst eating bones / food or when wearing loose fitting metal chains.

I also advise that these collars are not left on your dog for longer than 12 hours in a 24 hour period. The reason for this is that the skin can sweat underneath the control box and cause a loss of fur in the sited area. This is quite often reported via the anti e-collar or shock collar fraternity as an e-collar burn. E-collars cannot and do not burn your dog but they can rub away the fur if used incorrectly.

Please click on my Youtube Video to see the Dogtra YS300 Anti Bark Collar being unboxed.

If you have any questions regarding the use of e-collar or anti barking collars then do not hesitate to contact me on the details shown below.

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Shock Collars UK Fact Or Fiction

Dogtra UK DOgtra IQ Remote Training Collar. Not shock collars

I was doing a little digging on the internet and found an article on the Daily Mail Website all about the use of the shock collar in the UK. Pictured in the article in the hands of someone, goodness knows who was the handset of a Dogtra IQ Plus remote training collar.

If you have read my previous blog posts you will know exactly what I think about an E-Collar being referred to as a SHOCK COLLAR. It is purely and simply cheap psychology to stir up hysteria in those who are prone to hysterics in the first place.

Not only is it the reference shock collars that annoys me. It is the inference within the article that the model pictured will shock / electrocute a dog for 30 seconds.

Dogtra has not to my knowledge in the past 12 years ever marketed an E-Collar that will continue to deliver electrical impulses for longer than 12 seconds before the collar resets itself.

The Dogtra IQ Plus being one of the latest generation of collars has never been made or modified to deliver electrical impulses for longer than 12 seconds.


Whipping up hysteria is a very effective form of marketing, create fear and distrust and you win the war. Many a dictator has done it without me naming names on here.

I would ask very simply that people become educated. Instead of referring to these quite valid and effective training tools which incidentally save many a dogs life as shock collars. please begin to refer to them as an electric collar, electronic collar, e-collar. I know, I know, it just does not whip up the same level of hysteria within the hysterical but it is more correct than using the term Shock Collar. As my dad used to say “It may say OXO on buses, but they don’t sell em”.

If you require any information on the correct use of E-Collars then I would be happy to help. However, I have zero interest in taking part in one sided articles which are destined to portray these life savers in a negative light, where any reference is made to SHOCK COLLARS or cruelty. Nobody, but nobody invests in one of these to inflict cruelty on their dog. They tend to do so as a last resort to save their dog from being euthanased or rehomed. lets face it, with the pictures from this years Crufts and a dog handler punching his dog in the face, nobody needs to spend money to inflict animal cruelty and that includes international standard dog trainers.



Shocking Truth About The Shock Collar

I would like to address this whole misguided idea that a dog training collar is a shock collar. The actual definition of an electric shock is for a current of electricity to pass THROUGH the body. That means into the body and then back out of the body. Examples of this would be when a convicted criminal is executed via an electric chair or more commonly when a heart is shocked back into the correct rhythm via a defibrillator device.

Shock collar UKDefibrillators are something that I know about. I have used one on more than one occasion. There are various checks that you need to do before using a defib. One series of checks is called the 4 P’s. You need to check for pendants, patches, pacemakers and perspiration.

Pendants because the electric current passing between the leads can cause a burn from the metal of the pendant. Patches because certain medication patches can burst into flames, pacemakers for obvious reason and perspiration because if you are using stick on paddles they will not stick. There are three other checks you need to do even earlier, I remember them via WET, TIN, GAS.



WET, Is the patient laid in water, if they are then electric current will pass through the body, into the water and shock me.

TIN, Is the patient laid on metal, the metal will conduct electricity and in turn it will shock me!

GAS, Is the area flooded with combustible gas? Also remembering that if the patient is on oxygen this must be removed as it could explode.

So, that is an explanation of the therapeutic and beneficial use of an electric shock that passes through the body.

So what does this have to do with Shock collars you might ask?

A shock collar does not shock via the definition of an electric shock. A shock collar, any shock collar has two metal contact points, usually about 1.5 inches apart that sit against the skin of the dogs throat. A tiny electrical current is passed between these two contact points and never goes anywhere in the dogs body beyond those contact points. The actual fact is that the so called Shock Collar is shockingly not delivering an electric shock. It is delivering an electrical stimulation between 2 points, neither of which exits the body.

This is why we become so pedantic about e-collars being called e-collars and not shock collars. This is why we say stimulation and the uneducated say electric shock. In fact in psychological terms this is classed as catastrophising, using catastrophic language to invoke greater psychological impact and fear. Nobody who buys an e-collar does so in order to shock their dog and cause it pain. They do so to give their dog more freedom, to stop nagging it, to allow it to run free and under control.

If you would like to take the stress and pressure out of your dog walks and give your dog more freedom to run and play then contact me now.

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