How to select the contact points for use with a dog training e-collar.

by Michael Bloom on February 22, 2024

Selecting the appropriate contact points for a dog training e-collar is crucial to ensure effective and humane communication with your pet. Here's a guide on how to choose the right contact points:

  1. Consider Your Dog's Coat Length: The length and thickness of your dog's coat play a significant role in selecting contact points. For dogs with longer or denser fur, longer contact points are usually necessary to ensure proper contact with the skin. Conversely, dogs with shorter coats may require shorter contact points.

  2. Check for Proper Contact: It's important to ensure that the contact points make consistent and direct contact with your dog's skin. If the points are too long for a short-haired dog, they may not touch the skin, while if they are too short for a long-haired dog, the fur may interfere with the connection. Proper contact ensures effective communication when training.

  3. Monitor for Irritation: Regularly check your dog's skin for any signs of irritation or discomfort caused by the contact points. If you notice redness, swelling, or any other signs of irritation, discontinue use immediately and consult with a veterinarian. Some e-collars come with various contact point options, including those with smooth tips or different materials to reduce the risk of irritation.

  4. Choose the Right Material: Contact points are often made of different materials, such as stainless steel or plastic. Some dogs may have sensitivities or allergies to certain materials. Experiment with different materials to find the one that is most comfortable for your dog. All of ReCollar Pro™ contacts are made of zinc which is one of the materials that dogs are least allergic to.

  5. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Always follow the guidelines provided by the e-collar manufacturer. They often offer recommendations on selecting the appropriate contact points based on your dog's size, coat type, and behavior. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in ineffective training or discomfort for your pet.

  6. Adjust for Growth or Weight Changes: If your dog is still growing or experiences significant weight changes, you may need to adjust the contact points accordingly. Regularly assess the fit and make adjustments as needed to ensure optimal contact and communication.

Remember that proper fitting and use of the e-collar are crucial for effective and humane training. If you have any uncertainties or concerns, it's advisable to seek guidance from a professional dog trainer or consult with the e-collar manufacturer for personalized advice.

Box with contact points inside.