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I've had this collar for about two months and it is hands down the best purchase I have ever made. My girlfriend and I love to take our dog on off-leash walks on our local nature trail. She's a hound and can get easily distracted when something grabs her attention, and it was getting to the point where she would completely ignore us when we told her to come back. We were both at our wit's end, so I started doing extensive research for a collar. We DO NOT shock her. We only use the vibrate. I am absolutely amazed with how this collar has turned her around. All it took was one warning vibration, and she has never looked back. It gives us both peace of mind.
The collar is definitely waterproof. We've taken our dog into a river that runs in our off-leash park almost every time we've gone there, (which is at least 4 times a week) and we haven't had any issues with the collar malfunctioning. And believe me, my girl takes off at a full run and throws herself into the deepest spot she can find.
I bought this in August 2016 for my GSP, who often gets too focused on her own interests to acknowledge verbal commands. I really like the versatility of this device: beep only, vibrate or shock with intensities ranging from zero to 100. I always start off with just the vibrate and most often, that is enough to get her attention. She can also be a nuisance barker when she has spotted prey and can continue to bark at the spot long after the animal has fled the scene. I tried multiple other methods to break her of that habit and get her attention with no results. I have yet to go higher than the 50 setting on either vibrate or shock and it's enough to do the job. I've tested the shock on my inner forearm and thigh... it definitely gets your attention at 50, but is not harmful. ANY shock collar must be used correctly though... please educate yourself if you have not yet done so.
It is now June 2017 and the collar randomly started beeping the other night. Charging it did not solve the problem. The beeping did eventually stop and the collar *seems* to work normally after going through 2 reset cycles, but I shot i-Tronics an email anyway. Their customer service is FANTASTIC. They asked for my order number and shipping address and are sending a replacement at no cost and I do not need to return the faulty device. Their site states this replacement policy is in effect for 5 years from the purchase of your device. I'm accepting the replacement in an abundance of caution in case the unit I have is actually wonky. I would absolutely suggest this unit and company to other dog friends!
We have been using this collar for some time now and can't express enough how awesome it is. We have a black lab puppy who is now 3 months old. Prior to getting the collar our pup was out of control and would not respond to any orders and we could not leave her off the leash as she would bolt. I started by taking her to a large field and taking her off the leash. She started to take off and I used the vibrate feature at 50%. She immediately turned around and came back to me. I then proceeded to walk with her and each time she started to get to far away I used only the beep and she returned to my side. Within about 15 minutes she stayed right by me while walking in the woods. We have a large interstate that borders our property and we walked in the woods just 50-100 feet off of the interstate and she stayed right by my side. To date we have only had to use the beep feature and never had to use the shock except for the one time where I accidentally shocked myself while adjusting the collar. It was good to know how the shock felt to the dog so try it if you are brave. Since then we have been using the beep for all sorts of training and it is working great. She no longer jumps on people when they come in the house. She does not jump on the couch anymore. She does not chase the cats. She does not chew on the furniture and many other bad habits are gone. The charge lasts an incredibly long time. We have had her in the pond on our property teaching her to play in the water and the collar was on her the entire time and zero issues. I honestly have not had any issues with this collar and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a dog or pup that needs training.
This has made a huge difference in our lives! I have had my dog (American bulldog) since he was 4 weeks old and given to me. He is now 2 1/2 years old. He is the craziest, most stubborn dog I've had in my life! I have spent $2,000 on professional training. This included him being dropped off with the trainers and one on one classes with me (two different packages consisting of over 6 months in total) . I'm consistent with training at home. Seriously, nothing has worked. At times we have felt held hostage by the dog. If I have a get together at my house, I have to take him to the boarders. With this collar, we are regaining our lives! He's a different dog!
My only complaint is, if i haven't used the remote in awhile, the device on the collar turns off. It's suppose to do this to conserve the battery, but it doesn't "wake up" on its own. I have to push the button on the collar device to wake it up. Even though it's still blinking green. I charge it every three days, but will start charging every two. I've noticed it can run out of battery before the end of the third day.
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We've tried MANY bark collars for our GSD, but could never find the right one. Some were shock only, some went off by themselves, others simply died after a few months. Petrainer has been the ONLY collar to work exactly as it is suppose to and it has changed our lives. Now, we can enjoy our time in the yard with our GSD without fear of her barking her head off at other dogs or people. The training guide was extremely and within 1-2 days she was trained. If you are looking for a dependable, affordable and easy to use training collar then look no further!
** Our Petrainer stopped working 8 months after purchase. We did not register it for the free warranty and were hesitant to call the company since that was not their fault. However, my husband ended up calling them and without hesitation they replaced our collar for free!! Talk about excellent customer service!! Thank you Petrainer for such a great product and for standing behind it!!
This is my third Petrainer over the past few years as the other ones have met various fates such as losing the transmitters etc. These are very effective at keeping "radio contact" with my very active Australian Shepard. All I usually do is "beep" him or occasionally vibrate and he stops whatever behavior he is locked into and comes to me. We went without one for a few months, but he started ignoring our commands more and more. Now he wears his Petrainer every day and he is much more well adjusted and well behaved. Don't think you need to use the shock setting except for severe situations. I use it only as a last result, and remember when using it, timing is everything..
As for the build quality, I think there could be some improvements to the clip on the transmitter (I have lost 2 transmitters because of the clip) Otherwise these are of exceptional quality. The water proof model gets tested every day in the summer with our dog swimming in salt and fresh water. Never has failed due to water.
I have a 7 month old Great Dane who is a 85lb puppy. I needed help with him jumping on me, my daughter, getting in the garbage and chasing my cats. Typical things but I was having trouble with him listening to me. The pet trainer is my new best friend. He started responding instantly. It has 3 ways to train your dog. The beep, the vibration or the shock. Only had to use the shock very low when get was chasing the cats. Now when he hears the beep or feels the vibration he stops and rethinks his behavior. Best decision I have made in a while. I definitely recommend this trainer if you have a dog that you love but just needs a little help in the behavior department.
Updated review : After reviewing that I didn't have a great experience with the product, a customer service representative from the company contacted me and informed me that I'm still under warranty with the product and that they will automatically ship me a new package of replacement collars. That's so wonderful of a company to do that for a customer to meet satisfaction. I'm impressed. We received our replacement collars today and it all works well. I'm very pleased and I've updated the product to 5 stars. I'll update again when/if we use them in the water but I'm doubting we will try that again.
7/18 Review: We used them for about 6 months and had them on land mostly the entire time. We specifically sought these out because we wanted to be able to have control over our dogs off the leash at the beach ( getting wet). The very first time we let them go in the water with these collars we checked to make sure the collars had everything closed up on all the fittings and let them go in the water for short amounts of time. When the dogs were coming out of the water we heard our dog's collar just beeping constantly without us pressing anything and then it soon died and could not be turned back on or recharged. They work well on land but are not suitable for the water.
This collar works, and it works reliably. I haven't had any issues with it rain or shine, and it seems to handle a fair amount of distance fairly well. The dual charger they include is very convenient, and I find I rarely have to charge it. They even include two extra prongs so you can adjust for the length of your dogs coat.
Now for the cons: the biggest downfall of this product is the design of the remote. Everything is digitalized on the screen, which means you cannot quickly and easily tell what setting you are on without turning on the remote and fidgeting with it for a few moments. This can make snap corrections difficult (I have been using it to dissuade my dog from chasing small animals, and you often only have a moment before the dog breaks out into a full on sprint). The remote will fall asleep after a certain period of time, which means you have to push any of the buttons at least once to turn the remote on before it will actually do anything. This also makes snap corrections difficult. Not only can my correction come too late, but it can happen on the wrong setting or even accidentally. You have to be careful with just having it attached to your belt as well, since the buttons tend to stick out and may get pressed unknowingly. For these faults the product gets four stars instead of five.
SchultzsMom1129Top Contributor: Pets
I have used E Collars in the past, the older ones which have only a tone and shock. I bought this collar to use as a training tool, to help reinforce what I am teaching my dog. Delivery was prompt, I have received several emails from the company, making sure that I am happy with the product, to remind me that they have a 5 year warranty, there are additional training tips in the email, and they also are including their customer service number in the email. I find that it is great that the company is standing by their product and is concerned that their customers are happy with the product and that the products is being used as INTENDED.
I have had great luck with this collar, it was easy to set up, instructions are very clear, nothing confusing regarding how to set up the collar.