Electronic training products help us teach and protect our pets. From remote training collars to hidden fences, modern devices are developed with innovative, research-based technology. Used routinely by thousands of pet owners and professional trainers, they are
safe and effective training tools.

Types of electronic training products

  • Containment systems are hidden or “invisible” fences that keep pets safely confined to their own yards while allowing them freedom to explore their surroundings.

  • Remote training collars are used for obedience and behavior training. They help pet owners manage common problems like leash pulling and chasing.

  • Bark control collars help stop excessive and nuisance barking.

  • Barriers and deterrents help pets understand which areas are off limits and which are theirs to enjoy.


How the Technology Works

Like cell phones and garage door openers, electronic training technology depends on radio waves to communicate. Signals are transmitted wirelessly from a transmitter to a receiver. All electronic training technology works essentially the same way:

  • A transmitter (such as a handheld remote control) sends a radio signal to a special receiver collar that can detect the signal. The pet wears the receiver collar.

  • If the pet approaches a certain boundary or continues an unwanted behavior like leash pulling, the transmitter sends a signal to the collar.

  • The first signal is typically a warning tone. If the pet goes beyond the warning tone, the receiver collar emits a sensation, such as a vibration or a burst of air.

  • The type of sensation that the receiver collar emits depends on the particular electronic device. Pet owners can choose from products that have:

    • A burst of scented or plain air

    • A vibration

    • An ultrasonic signal (a high-pitched sonic signal usually not heard by humans)

    • A mild static stimulation similar to the sensation you get from walking across a carpet and then touching a metal doorknob. It is enough to get your attention and you don’t want it to happen again, but it is not painful.

Old-fashioned terms like “shock collars” and “electric fences” do not apply to today’s products. With levels of electricity lower than common medical devices, modern electronic training technology is designed for communication. The devices get your pet’s attention with mildly annoying sensations like a high-pitched sound, burst of air or static stimulation. These sensations are like a tap on the shoulder and help your pet refocus, even when off-leash.

Using Technology Effectively


The benefits of having a well-trained pet are worth the time and effort you put into it. Training should be an enjoyable experience. Choose equipment that suits your pal’s personality and drive to bring out the best in both of you. Read product instructions and take advantage of the manufacturer’s literature and support. Get answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about electronic training technology.