How to Use an Electric Collar to Train a Dog to Come When called


How to Use an Electric Collar to Train a Dog to Come When called

Many dog owners struggle with various aspects of their dog’s obedience. One of those biggest challenges is training a dog to come when called.

Coming when called can be a lifesaver, it can prevent the dog from running into the road, and it can help with other behaviors like bad door manners, chasing off after other dogs and more.

One of the most effective ways to train a dog to come when called is the use of an e-collar (sometimes called an electric collar or shock collar).

If it’s used poorly it’s not a good tool. If you use it properly, though, it can be the most humane way to train a great recall.

In this video I show the way that we introduce an e-collar to a dog and how to use that electric collar on a low level to teach the dog to happily return when called.

Happy Training!

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116 Thoughts to “How to Use an Electric Collar to Train a Dog to Come When called”

  1. Scotia Bushcraft

    This is backwards training. Train the recall and only use the correction to proof it.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      No thanks.

  2. Gary Gromer

    Thanks for doing the video. What about using the e collar to stop negative behavior? My lab is chasing and nipping other dogs at the dog park. Then the fight is on. It seems like it would be confusing to use it for come and then a big NO. Any idea’s?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Avoid dog parks like the plague.

  3. jennifer robertson

    They are wonderful – I have only used the shock twice, to stop my dog from running over to the neighbours dog.( down to 30) the buzz is the one i use to get her to listen to a command. Her behavior has improved beyond recognition. Had trouble with the connection -batteries; but all good now. .

  4. Sherrie Murphy

    We have a 2yo pit/boxer mix rescue. He was a stray at the shelter. He’s extremely human friendly but has no training and some cat aggression. With the right behavioral training and an e-collar is it possible to get him to where we can at least get him to refocus on us instead of the cat? While we aren’t assuming they will ever be best buds, it would be nice if they could at least coexist at some point.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Cat stuff is easy, yes

  5. Matt Mazza

    Do you have expierence with Coonhounds? I got one that was bred by some hardcore coonhunters and I must say she’s quite a handful compared to other breeds I’ve owned

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Yes, I do. Likely not straight from working lines, though. Good luck, high drive dogs are fun 🙂


    what type of leash is that?

    1. Vincent Nguyen

      GLOCK 30S don’t use it

  7. J P Williams

    I have a dogtra e collar and it seems to work well on my 90 lb great pyr mix however he needs much more practice. Do you know how long a typical dogtra battery lasts once it is activated? I feel like mine only lasts for a few hours.

    1. jennifer robertson

      mine has lasted 6 months, just use it when necessary- mine knows where hers is kept/ it means a walk; I take it off and put her normal collar on after been for our walks. Shock on no more than 30; buzzer on full.

    2. J P Williams

      Actually Ty, I’ve been testing it an it lasts over 24 hours. 🙂 All good! Thanks for all your videos. Love them.

    3. Ty The Dog Guy

      It should be lasting longer than that. You probably need to replace the battery

  8. Daryl Nasser

    Thank you very much for the wonderful video.
    I am a 100% Disabled Viet Nam Vet. I am having trouble getting Shane to;
    1. Not pull me when walking. I need him to walk by my side, not in front of me.
    2. Stop his INSANE barking when not Working.
    3. Not try to get to another dog when Working. (play or attack) not sure. With his demeanor most likely he wants to play.
    I need a good companion and Shane”s temperament and love towards me is superb. He is excellent with children and my other dog a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
    Other than the problems he is great and he listens to all his other commands that I give him.. His trainers a couple of independent people and are trainers for the VA (who live too far away for me to travel back and forth) would give him independent instruction.
    I am on a fixed income and cannot afford the cost of a training lessons. I did however buy the Etekstorm training collar and not sure how to use it. Naturally I don’t want Shane to be scared of it, or even worse be afraid of me.
    Can you please help me out and give me instruction on how to use the collar or to send it back to Amazon and do something else.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Daryl N.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Hi Daryl, we’ve got tons of videos on this channel on how to use the e-collar. Unfortunately, though, that collar is very low quality and you won’t be able to do any of the training with it.

  9. Beverly Rivard

    What function and level should I start with? For example, vibration at 10?

    1. jennifer robertson

      Depends on the size of you dog. Mine is a lab x American staffie.

    2. Gwen Davis

      Beverly Rivard

    3. Ty The Dog Guy

      Every dog is different. We’re looking for a level that is low enough to barely be felt.

  10. Dustin D

    I just use the beep function, shocked her maybe 3 times over 6 months

  11. Alan Pelletier

    I appreciated the simplicity you offered, thank you.

  12. Chris Sherman

    I don’t understand… You wanted people to post questions in the comments, yet you haven’t responded to any of them.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      I’ve responded to all of them that are questions.

  13. Julie NDoumy

    Found them and subscribed!

  14. Julie NDoumy

    Ty, that was very easy. Thank you. I have two Shih Tzu’s, male and female, 3 1/2 and 3 respectively. I am contemplating buying the Pet trainer. Do you have more video’s?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Tons. Check out our channel

  15. Jules Dolan

    Beautiful Dane!

  16. Darren Harris

    Beautiful dog

  17. Kyle Swym

    What length lead do u recommend like 6 /7 foot then get longer or just start off with like 25 foot lead

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      More like a 25 foot one

  18. Sandra Spinks

    thank you for sharing this… I understand now that I’ll need to do some work with my bulldoggy before she will understand what the collar means.

  19. indianaP wnz

    My dog can sit, speak, give paw etc from clicker training, he comes when called in the house, and in the park…. but as soon as he sees another dog Boom he’s ignoring my calls and straight over. Have tried distraction with toys etc doesn’t work. Short of getting his balls cut off should I try one of these ?

    1. jennifer robertson

      Get the collar, mine ues to run to the neighbours dog on our fence line time it just as he is near the fence; he thought the fence was the thing that shocked her. But always call a command before you shock him or her,(30) the buzzer is usually the thing to use, they do get carried away with excitement.

    2. sebastian salamanca

      indianaP wnz same I need help

  20. Nitro9thGenSi

    It’s takes patients to properly train a dog….period lol

    1. Gwen Davis

      douge1125 .

    2. Ty The Dog Guy

      And correct techniques.

  21. Amy Fleshman

    What level is a “low” level? My e-collar ranges from 1-100. Thanks.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Low is different for every dog. Just enough to barely feel.

  22. MOSKAU

    have you touched this eletric collar? its really hurts for a human now imagine for a dog

    1. MOSKAU

      Ty The Dog Guy and how about if the dog get into the water,like while raining,pools etc..,can damage the collar?

    2. Ty The Dog Guy

      It doesn’t really hurt for a human. We have every client try it before using it with their dog. It doesn’t cause pain on low levels.

  23. Reba Gonzales

    i just bought a pet Ainer. and she dont listen on it and i did what you all did and stull nothing. she is a lab mix with retriever. the only reason why i got it cause she is going on 12 months and she is jumping out of the gate , growling at people , pretty much anything. im scared one day she jumps out arl will get called out and i cant come up with 250 to get her out. any tips on that?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      I don’t know what a pet Ainer is.

  24. moirhann

    BBUUUHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! e collars are now forbidden in MANY european countries….. and that is why we are best in IPO and other dog sports.. you do not have to learn the dogf to react to the ecollar.. you need to use a lot more time to get the 100% secure recall without ecollares.. i have a friend that has been in the world championships with her GSD over 5 times now.. she i also a european winner with several of her dogs., and she has NEVER!!! used any e-collar…. thi is so american.. same with horseback riding.. usa had to send their riders to europe to succed.. so sad to see – because this should be a world wide thing.. respect – time – compassion – patiens… and LOVE.. ( although – you are not the worst of the ecollar users i have seen and you do explaine what do you do very well.. – but i am sure you could do training without punishment!! or ??? )

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Why is it illegal? Because politicians like to control your lives. Legality is not an argument for morality, plenty of immoral things are legal. E-collar employ the most up to date in training methods. We aren’t science deniers around here.

    2. moirhann

      pfffhhh…. and WHY is it illegal?? several of our contries are now banning it.. but just keep on abusing dogs..outdated methods..

    3. Ty The Dog Guy

      Who cares if they’re forbidden in other countries? That’s meaningless.

      And some of the best e-collar trainers in the world are in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic… E-collars are used a ton in Europe. Get your facts straight.

  25. Josh Bridgewood

    could you do a video with a dog in the field with another dog walking towards you and seeing if it works that way because thats the trouble i have with my dog as soon as he see another dog he is off

    1. jennifer robertson

      It all takes courage,and practice. I would have mine on the lead as well, one does not know what the other dogs are going to do. Unless in a fenced off area. Treats in the pocket always too.

  26. Macie Fergal

    Dogs trained with shock collars and invisible fences
    may develop fear or aggression toward what they believe is the source
    of the shock (e.g., kids on their bikes, the mail carrier, the dog next
    door). Dogs have also been known to run through invisible barriers when
    frightened by fireworks or when chasing a squirrel and then to be too
    scared to cross back through the barrier to return home.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      They may develop fear if you do it wrong. Do it right and you won’t have those problems.

  27. KJET A King

    Hey I’m looking for something to train my dog so that he only roams around in our yard. He’s pretty obedient for the most part but he’s just like a child. As soon as you take your eyes off of him he starts exploring and not in a good way. He’s about 15 years old and can’t hold his bladder as we so we have to let him outside at all hours of the night. The thing is he’s very small and his coat is all black. So there’s no way you could see him unless he walks out in the street and even then it’s hard to see because the street is black too. Any suggestions?

    1. jennifer robertson

      He is a bit old; for this shock, but I have a reflective collar on mine but can let her go with out a lead in the dark. My other dogs have had bladder problems it makes life hard for you all.

    2. Register This

      This is probably a bit late, but there are e-fences. The dog wears a collar that gives him a buzz when he gets too close to the fence.

  28. Mary Rippy

    Excellent Lesson. Thanks

  29. Jennifer Pack

    What kink of leash are you using?

  30. Shane Coffey

    I’m about to rescue an American bulldog that I want to be my fishing buddy. No strings attached. By stings I mean collar. I don’t wanna have to watch him all the time. I just want him to know where he can and can’t go. Would an e collar be the proper way to go about doing that. Also. Can they get wet. Cause I’m sure he will want to go for a swim occasionally. Thanks in advance. I really enjoyed the video. And beautiful dog btw.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      The good ones can get wet.

  31. TheSwanster

    I am getting an e collar to train my dog with out a leash. When she is off a leash outside she just goes absolutely nuts and runs around like crazy and completely ignores me telling her to come. She just looks at me and continues on running. She listens on a leash and inside thought. I think this technique will work verry well. Thank you!

    1. jennifer robertson

      Get one as soon as possible but keep the shock level at 30. the buzz if wonderful, makes them listen .

  32. Jeffrey Haile

    I have a dog that counter surfs. How can I use an e-collar to get her to stop?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Correct her when she gets on the counter

  33. SpuddyGaming

    I want the collar to shock myself lol

  34. Raven4122

    BUt the way you demonstrated the dog is being trained to come when shocked, not when called. So you will always need the collar on? Similar to a dog trained to come to a whisle only>..

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      No, you wont’ always need the collar. The collar is to teach the command and as time goes on you can wean away from it.

  35. ace kicker

    Great vid! At what age do you recommend the e collar training?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Depends on the dog. Sometimes as young as 5 months

  36. Laycee Cross

    we tried it didn’t work

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      You didn’t do it right

  37. Laycee Cross

    we tried it didn’t work

  38. Sarah Constance

    Is there any specific brand of color you suggest? Great video!

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      We use e-collar technologies brand

  39. watcherman65

    does this work on teenagers ?..

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Nothing works on teenagers

  40. MrBubaBeans

    Instructions not clear, dick stuck in shock collar.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      If that happens you have to plug it in to the charger

  41. Bill Hutchison

    so during this video were you using static shock or just vibration? thanks

  42. Customer Service

    Great suggestions to start, thanks!

  43. UMadBro1100

    Sorry man but I thought the idea of the shock coller was to shock them when they do something wrong

  44. Invy

    I’ve been doing some research into E-Collar training for my german shepherd pup and I like the way you put the e-collar into a term. It’s a “language”, or what I would prefer to say is “it’s a line of communication”. A method of communication to be able to get your dog’s attention at a distance, no different than poking them on the shoulder and/or calling their name.

  45. Anne Springer

    My dogs all come and I’ve never had to resort to a shock collar. If you can train this way, you can train using reinforcement without shock. The science works, but the choice whether to use discomfort or pleasure is up to the trainer.

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Me neither. Have a nice day

    2. Anne Springer

      You are uninformed. We don’t correct dogs using physical discomfort, but that doesn’t mean there are no consequences. P- and R+ work just fine in concert. I prefer to align with the force free community, thanks. I think my dogs rather enjoy it, too. Also, part of proper recall training is accomplished via respondent learning, and a lot of trainers miss that part, which is why they fail and resort to force. I cannot imagine wanting a dog whose behavior is so globally suppressed.

    3. Ty The Dog Guy

      You’re only using partial science if you aren’t using correction. Join us that know how to understand the science.

  46. nathan stewart

    Someone HELP !!! My dog will not even respond to my voice! He gets into anything and everything and I have to physically pull him away from things no matter how loud I yell. I love him so much but he’s unmanageable. Any ideas ???

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Maybe I’ll make a video about how to fix that.


  47. OakmanNZ

    how do I use this tool to teach my dog to not chase and attack my alpacas?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      Do your alpacas have opposable thumbs?

  48. Denice Blue

    Thanks!! Very helpful. I would love to see more info on e-collar training…

    1. Valentin Savoy


  49. Social Agape

    That was neat and clear man! i liked it a lot. I do have a questiotin, which e-collar can i buy, or which do you recommend? I have an American Pit and he is waaaaaay tooo happy. Needs to hold his horses a bit. lol.. Thanks

    1. JP Bartlam

      @Social Agape Does your dog hump people,if it does than that just means that it’s exited,just tell your dog to sit,stay or come with a TREAT.Shock collar free

    2. Ty The Dog Guy

      We use the E Collar Technologies brand

    3. JP Bartlam

      Use a treat and teach him to stay ,but if you want to risk your dog to bite you twice as likely and waste money,then by all means by a shock collar to inflict pain on your dog

    4. Social Agape

      Well, think about it pal…

    5. Ķ

      whats wrong with being “too happy” ?

  50. BarkingBakers

    Really wanting to buy a e collar. Can you put together a playlist of videos of where to start and how and when to properly use the controller. So afraid of getting that wrong

    1. JP Bartlam

      @kevin Rudd Thank you

    2. Ty The Dog Guy

      Check out the channel. We’ve got tons of videos on e collar training.

    3. JP Bartlam

      This is how you use an e collar”destroy it”

  51. josiah brown

    so if they are doing something wrong dont shock them

    1. DeathToZepeda

      @The Dookie Blaster thanks

    2. The Dookie Blaster

      Jacobo Zep lmao best response ever

    3. gsdsteve

      You don’t have clue . Why are u even bothering to comment?

    4. DeathToZepeda

      yeah you’re right

      we should fucking hang em from trees

  52. ArunasD

    I might try this have problems with my labrador lately thanks for a tip man

  53. Myke Goings

    I know there isn’t a catch all answer but from your experience – Do you recommend graduating to long lines before going off-leash or do they generally learn from the leash?

    1. Ty The Dog Guy

      We generally use the long line, yes

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