Dogtra E-Collar ARC Review : Love at First Site

The Dogtra E-Collar ARC: Advanced Receiver Concept (ARC) Review

 

The new Dogtra E-Collar Advanced Receiver Concept (ARC) arrived and it was as I had expected…sleek on the dog. It drew a hallelujah from me immediately. A package I’ve been waiting for finally made it into my hands today.

Take a look at the new e-collar on my boy, Tommy.

Dogtra ARC dog collar

 

The training community, particularly the pet training community, IMO, has been waiting for a streamline receiver for a very long time.

The Dogtra E-Collar ARC receiver is the biggest step in the direction of streamline and still affordable that we’ve seen, ever.

Now, I’m basing this preliminary opinion of the product mostly on appearance. If that makes me shallow, sorry but looks do matter. Anyone who tells you otherwise is denying a very real piece of the challenge in gaining acceptance of this tool in the broader marketplace.

I already know Dogtra Company’s ability to create durable, reliable products. And of course, as is my standard for testing, with receiver in hand, I took the rheostat up to see how smooth the transition is as you climb the stimulation range. Smooth is important and one thing I won’t compromise on with the dogs I work. The ARC did not let me down.

dogtra ARC

They also did well with the transmitter (TX). Very similar to the SureStim unit (my current personal favorite) with a few tweaks to the molding. It fits well in the palm which allows me to work the TX single handed. That means I can easily keep the other hand on the dog, the bumper, the treat pouch, the long line or whatever other pertinent piece of the training puzzle needs attending too. I like the ergonomics of slimline transmitters. Dogtra seems to recognize that women are comprising a larger and larger segment of the training market and having equipment that fits our needs as well makes good economic sense.

That is enough of a review for now…time to go train & play.

Let’s find out if this little gem is more than skin deep…
Woof!

*Updated 1/29/16

Dog Training Help: New Resource

Dispensing dog training help and advice has been high on my list of priorities for a long time, but you probably can’t tell it from my presence (or lack of!) here on my own blog!!

I have a good excuse.

I’ve spent much of my time this past year writing and filming for my friends at Gun Dog Supply. Together we’re creating some awesome dog training tips through a series of articles and videos. It’s FREE stuff, so how cool is that?

Take a look at all these articles and let me know if you find some useful information. Knowing that a few words or a video made a difference for you and your dog is the ultimate positive reinforcement for me! Plus, feedback helps me to know if if I’m going in the right direction or not. If you have topics you’d like to see covered, please make a suggestion.

While you’re at it, you might want to pick up a copy of the latest training DVD. This new release has over an hour on the topic of e-collar training for your dog. Commonly asked questions, tips for training and lots of exceptional footage so you can see various examples and problem solving situations that can help with the e-collar training for your own dog.

What do you think about remote dog training collars: Part 2

Last week I wrote about a questioner I was looking for volunteers to answer in regard to their e-collar training experiences. I want to hear from dog owners who are using this tool as part of their training program.

And I left you with the tidbit from one person who responded:

Q: In one sentence please describe how you felt about remote collars BEFORE you started training with them.

A: The only people that use them are police dogs and hunters dogs, it was too harsh of training for what we were asking for our dogs.

Plus I promised that I would reveal the next Q&A from the same person so here you go: Continue reading “What do you think about remote dog training collars: Part 2”

My dog just had surgery, Could a shock collar help speed her recovery?

Is it possible that training with an electronic “shock collar” could be a health benefit to the dog?

That sounds like a big question doesn’t it?

Is it a trick question? I suppose that depends on how you look at it. Over here at The Truth About Shock Collars there is always more than one angle!  And as our regular readers know, we don’t really think they are collars that are all that shocking. It is just the revelation of the truth that stuns some people. (yes, that pun was intended!) 🙂

Read the interesting note below to discover Continue reading “My dog just had surgery, Could a shock collar help speed her recovery?”

Shock me smarter? New evidence that e-stim can aid some brain functions

rottweiller remote collar training

Over the years there have been a number of people suggest (well, more like threaten) “Somebody should put a remote collar on you and shock you, then see how you like it!” While I have responded that I have felt E-collar stimulation Continue reading “Shock me smarter? New evidence that e-stim can aid some brain functions”

Remote collar helps German Shorthair learn to retrieve

german shorthair pointer retrieve trained

This is a lovely testimonial I received recently. I appreciate the kind words, but the truth is, all I did was coach this great team. Amy and Fonzie did all the work. They have a lovely relationship and watching them work together is a delight. Kudo’s to both and good luck in the trials!

I found Robin while looking for a way to teach my German Shorthaired Pointer to retrieve – to hand, every time – that didn’t involve sending him away to a strange kennel be “force broke” by someone he’d never met before. I knew my dog, Continue reading “Remote collar helps German Shorthair learn to retrieve”

How to properly fit a remote training collar for your dog.

dog shock collar training
Tom sporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers collar

When choosing to use a remote collar for training your dog it is important to understand how to properly fit the collar.

Proper fit is one of the key factors in how well the collar is going to work during the training. A collar fitted correctly will have both Continue reading “How to properly fit a remote training collar for your dog.”

What Is the Word on Shock Collar Safety for Dogs?

Shock Collar Safety for Dogs

The question of shock collar safety for dogs is a topic that comes up frequently. Just last month I was in Cleveland, OH working with Bill Wittrock of Obedient Dogs and More.

Our group was composed primarily of professional dog trainers but there was a pet dog owner in the crowd that peaked my interest considerably when he shared a personal story during our opening discussion.

Joe Golob is a surgeon who also happens to own a Newfoundland pup named Barkley.  He had been doing some training with Barkley using an electronic training collar and wanted to learn more.

In the spirit of science and compassion, Dr. Golob decided to do some experimenting to make sure he was doing his dog no harm in using a remote collar to train her.  I asked Joe if he would mind sharing his findings with all of you.

I think his passion for exploration of shock collar safety for dogs and personal discovery of some truths is pretty cool. I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did.

E-Collars and Cardiac Arrhythmias?

As a new person to the world of canine e-collar training, I came across many web pages which described the horrors of the “shock collar”. One myth that I found particularly intriguing was the electricity generated from an e-collar can cause cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) and even asystole (sudden cardiac death). In the spirit of one of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, Mythbusters, I decided to put this myth to the test.

I am a surgeon, so one night when on call, I stopped by my surgical intensive care unit and connected myself to a continuous EKG machine. I then placed my Dogtra 1900 NCP on my neck, my leg, and my chest. I used both the nick and continuous button with low, medium, and high levels of stimulation while watching and recording my EKG. As I suspected, no arrhythmias and obviously no asystole since I am still alive to tell my story.

So this myth is clearly ‘BUSTED’. There wasn’t even enough current generated to cause interference with EKG reading. I feel with proper instruction, e-collars are a very safe and humane way to train dogs. I continue to use my Dogtra collar. I love my dog and she loves me! I have no doubt I have the best behaved dog in my neighborhood thanks to my e-collar training!

Joseph F. Golob Jr., MD

MetroHealth Medical Center

Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma Critical Care