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Let Us Walk you through the basics

Depending on which e collar you choose, there can be a lot of bells and whistles, buttons and functions. If you’re like me, technology can be daunting. I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time on YouTube and Google just figuring out one thing I needed a piece of software to do. Don’t despair, once you understand their functions and how to use them, the e collar is an invaluable tool.

This blog, and it’s accompanying video, are  here to walk you through the basic mechanics of the E Collar Technologies Mini Educator (ET-300) and Educator (ET-400). The basic concepts and functions are the same with any E Collar Technologies and Dogtra collars, just the design is different. Due to how we use these collars at K9 Heights, despite the number of buttons, once you understand what everything does, its use is as simple as turning it on and using a single button and a dial. That’s it.

The More You Know

I always encourage clients, and make it mandatory for my trainers, to sit down with the collar and read through the instruction manual, familiarizing themselves with each mechanic and function as they go. This is a huge help towards getting comfortable with the use of your e collar.


For the Mini Educator, you can find a PDF copy of the instruction manual using this link. It will help you understand the video and your e collar more fully.

What Are You Talking About?

Learning the Terminology
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    Receiver: This is the collar part of the device that goes on the dog.
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    Transmitter: This is the hand held remote part of the device which the handler carries.
  • Stim or Stimulation : This is the function we use on the e collar. It is a static stimulation used in conjunction with positive reinforcement to overlay know commands and provide clear communication to your dog. It is delivered through two contact points on the receiver.
  • Tapping: (also called pager or vibrate function): We do not use this except in certain, rare circumstances. It vibrates the receiver like a cell phone.
  • Tone: Like the vibrate function, we do not use this. 
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    Momentary: (some collars call this the "Nick" function) This function provides an instantaneous pulse of stim. Even if you push and hold the momentary button, it will only deliver that split second, momentary pulse. We don't use this function (see "Constant")
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    Constant: This functions allows you to push and hold the button and provide continuous stimulation. This is function and button we use exclusively. First, because you can create a momentary sensation simply by tapping and releasing the continuous button. Secondly, and more importantly, since you can provide both functions with one button, this allows a new user to never have to wonder what button to use in an emergency, where time wasted trying to remember can lead to big trouble. There’s never any wondering because you only ever use one button.  
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    Engage: To push a button and engage the stim.

In my next blog, we will begin demonstrating how we do the e collar introduction, covering how to properly size the collar, how to find your dog’s “working level”,  and what exercises we use.

Please let us know what you think of our blogs and videos, if they are helpful, and what we can do better. Thank you and good training!

Eric has been helping owners regain their lives and enjoy their companions for 10 years. Eric's experience runs from rehabilitating aggressive dogs, tackling the toughest behavioral challenges, and training service dogs, to training narcotics dogs and hunting dogs. As well as anything in between. A Michigan native, Eric learned his craft apprenticing under two long time trainers in Colorado and went on to teach dozens of other trainers as well as countless pet owners.

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