The Complete Guide to Using the ET-300 Mini Educator by E-Collar Technologies
Training your dog to go off-leash is one of the more challenging aspects of being a pet owner. This is why there are many products geared towards helping make it happen. Today, one of the more popular dog training products is the ET-300 Mini Educator Remote Training E-Collar. Manufactured by E-Collar Technologies, this nifty remote trainer is a favorite among dog owners and trainers alike, and it’s not hard to see why.
Getting Started with the Mini Educator ET-300
What is the ET-300 Mini Educator? The ET-300 is an e collar for dogs. E collars, also called remote trainers, shock collars, or remote training collars, help correct your dog’s undesirable behavior and reinforce already learned commands. Because they work well even at a distance, e collars make valuable communication tools and foster better relationships between pets and their owners.
If you’ve just gotten an ET-300 or are looking for more information before purchasing one for your beloved furry companion, here’s everything you need to know.
What comes in the box:
- Waterproof Remote Transmitter
- Waterproof Collar Receiver with 33” long 3/4” wide Biothane Strap
- Dual Battery Charger
- Two (2) Sets of Contact Points – 3/4” and 5/8”
- Contact Point Tool
- Test Light
- Owner’s Manual
Mini Educator ET-300 Remote Transmitter:
The ET-300 Mini Educator remote is a distinctive round, stopwatch-like shape.
Mini Educator ET-300 Receiver Collar:
The receiver collar comes with a Biothane strap that can fit necks between 9” - 25”. If your dog has a smaller-size neck, the strap can easily be cut to size.
The ET-300 Mini Educator remote training collar comes with the following features:
- 1/2-Mile Range
- 0-100 Adjustable Stimulation Levels
- Three (3) Stimulation Modes – Momentary, Continuous, and Combo
- Tapping Sensation or Tone/Stimulation (Pavlovian Conditioning)
- 1-60 Levels of User Adjustable Boost
- Convenient Intensity Dial for Quick Adjustment
- Lock and Set Stimulation Safety Feature
- Collar Receiver Light
- Quick Charge Li-Polymer Batteries
- Expandable to 2-Dog System
The ET-300 Mini Educator comes in three color variants:
The ET-300 Mini Educator – Big Performance in a Small Package
The ET-300 Mini Educator remote training collar is the little brother to the ET-400 Educator e collar. It’s arguably the most popular among Educator shock collars, a favorite among pet owners and trainers alike.
This remote trainer has a unique remote transmitter compared to other e-collars out there. Instead of the more common rectangular shape, the Mini Educator has a round remote mimicking a stopwatch shape, making it easier to hold for one-handed operation.
It comes with 100 levels of static stimulation, so it’s easier to find just the right level that your dog responds to. But perhaps the best thing about it is the extra 60 levels of boost. It’s perfect for when your dog is very stubborn or in high-distraction situations.
This is an e-collar that can take your dog training from your backyard to the local park with no issues. You can even take your dog with you on a boat and not worry about the remote training collar having issues. Both the transmitter and receiver are waterproof. The remote even floats in water, so dropping it won’t spell the end of training.
The ET-300 Mini Educator is a remote training collar that delivers on its promise – big performance in a small package.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an e collar?
- An e collar is a dog training tool that’s also called a remote trainer, remote training collar, or shock collar. It allows you to communicate remotely with your dog. Used correctly, it can help reinforce commands and correct undesirable behaviors in your pet. It provides you the means to train your dog with more precise timing and consistency. This makes an e-collar a very effective training tool.
Will an e collar hurt my dog?
- A remote trainer works by sending a signal from the transmitter to the collar on the dog’s neck. The signal then triggers the stimulation, which can be in the form of static shock. The stimulation is meant to distract the dog from doing something they’re not supposed to or mark the desired behavior. The stimulus may be unpleasant but generally harmless.
The ET-300 also comes with vibration and tone training options for people who prefer not to use static.
Are e-collars effective?
- E-collars can be invaluable training tools, but only when used correctly. If you are unsure about using one or do not know how to start, please consult with a professional trainer.
When can I use an e collar for dogs?
- PetsTEK does not recommend using an e collar for dogs younger than six months old. We also recommend supplementing training with a remote trainer only when your dog has already learned the basic commands.
Are Mini Educators worth it?
- Educator collars are highly reliable and effective if used correctly and as intended. It has a good range and is packed with features that make it worth your money.
How does the ET-300 Mini Educator work?
- The ET-300 transmitter remote sends a signal to the receiver collar on the dog’s neck. The collar has two contact points, also called prongs, that deliver static. You can also set the remote to deliver vibration or Tone to mark the message you’re sending your pet. In highly distracting situations, you can use the boost option.
Does the ET-300 Mini Educator have any safety features?
- Yes. The ET-300 Mini Educator remote training collar comes with a “Lock and Set” feature to ensure you don’t change stimulation levels unknowingly.
The collar is also set to time out automatically after 10 seconds of continuous stimulation.
These features are in place to prevent accidental over-stimulation of your pet.
What is the difference between the Mini Educator ET-300 and the Educator ET-400?
- Aesthetically, the ET-300 and ET-400 Educator collars look the same. However, the ET-400 comes with a longer range at ¾-Mile versus the ½-Mile of the ET-300. If you are training your dog in wider spaces or fields, the ET-400 is a better option. But for basic training in homes, yards, or local parks, the ET-300 is more than sufficient.
Operating the ET-300 Mini Educator Collar
How do you fit the e-collar?
- Making sure the e collar fits correctly will ensure more consistent correction. To fit the e-collar properly:
- Put the receiver on your dog’s neck below the ears, on the side of the windpipe.
- Make sure the contact points are touching the skin.
- Check the fit. You should be able to put a couple of fingers between the strap and your dog’s skin.
If the collar is too loose, it won’t administer correction reliably. Meanwhile, a too tight collar is an irritation risk. So, make sure your dog is comfortable. Rotate the collar every 2 hours and never leave it on for more than 8 hours every day.
Charging your ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar
- First, make sure the remote and transmitter batteries are fully charged. The charging port can be found at the back of the remote transmitter and collar receiver. Simply lift the flap and attach the dual charger.
The light will turn RED during charging cycles. Once fully charged, the light will turn to GREEN. Charging time takes approximately 2 hours.
How do you turn on the ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar?
- Place the small dot on the transmitter remote against the small dot on the receiver collar. This pairs the remote with the collar.
Press the “L” button for 2 seconds to turn it on.
How do I turn off the ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar?
- Simply press and hold the “L” button for 2 seconds to turn the device off.
To turn the collar receiver on, place the red dot on the remote to the red dot to the receiver to turn it on.
Why can’t you get the full range on your e-collar?
- The3/4-mile is more than enough for most dog training. However, the actual range can be affected by training conditions, including weather and terrain. For best results, hold the transmitter away from your body. Do not touch the antenna as it will significantly reduce range.
How do you know if your ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar is ready for use?
- Check the LCD on your ET-300 remote. If turned on, the LCD will display the settings.
How do you know if your ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar is ready for adjustment?
- A flashing “1D” on the LCD screen indicates the stimulation can be adjusted.
How do you know if your ET-300 Mini Educator e-collar is locked?
- When locked, “1D” on the LCD screen will be solid instead of flashing.
How to set the stimulation level on your ET-300 remote trainer?
- Rotate the stimulation level lock at the top of the remote to set the stimulation level. Rotating clockwise increases the level while counter-clockwise lowers it.
How can you switch stimulation modes in your ET-300?
- The ET-300 remote has an “M/C” button at the back. This allows you to change between the three stimulation modes as needed. When in combo Momentary/Continuous mode, the LCD screen will show both “M” and “C” on the screen. When in Momentary, only “M” is displayed on screen. In Continuous mode only, the “C” is displayed.
What does momentary and continuous stimulation mean?
- Momentary stimulation sends a single pulse of stimulation. Continuous will send pulses of stimulation for as long as the button is pressed, timing out after 10 seconds.
Can you change stimulation levels while pressing the remote buttons?
- Not when using momentary stimulation. However, when on continuous stimulation mode, the stimulation level can be increased or decreased while the button is being pressed.
What is the tapping sensation on the ET-300 Mini Educator?
- Tapping refers to vibration and is best for sensitive or hearing-impaired dogs.
Does the ET-300 Mini Educator have a tone?
- Yes. The “T” button on the remote can be set up to administer vibration or Tone. Please note, however, that pressing the tone button for more than 1.2 seconds will trigger continuous stimulation. For Tone only, release the button before 1.2 seconds is up.
How can you use the boost function on the ET-300 Mini Educator?
- Pressing the red “S” button will send momentary or continuous boosted stimulation.
How does the boost function of the ET-300 Mini Educator work?
- The default boost level is 5. You can adjust this level to between 1 and 60. When using boost, your dog will receive a shock equal to the set stimulation level plus the boosted level. For example, your e-collar is set to level 10, and the boost is at level 5. Your dog will receive 10+5.
How do you set up boost on the ET-300 Mini Educator e collar?
- Follow the following steps:
- Make sure the remote is on Momentary Mode. (If not, press the M/C button until “M” is displayed on the screen.)
- Dial the intensity down to 0.
- Press the black “S” button for 5 seconds until the intensity level changes from “0” to a flashing “1.”
- Rotate the dial to the desired boost level.
- Press the black “S” button to save and exit.
How do you trigger the boost function of the ET-300 Mini Educator?
- To use the momentary boost, press the black “S” button first. Then press the red “S” button without releasing the black.
For continuous boost, press the red “S” button first, then the black “S” button without releasing the red.
This may take some practice.
How do you change from vibration to tone stimulation?
- The ET-300 remote default setting is the tapping sensation. To toggle between tapping (vibration) and Tone, press the “L” and “T” buttons at the same time. Make sure the intensity level is set to 0 before doing this.
One beep and the “A” icon means Tone is set up. Two beeps and the “T” icon indicate Tone.
How do you activate the night tracking on your ET-300 Mini Educator?
- Find the “L” button at the back of your ET-300 remote. Press for half a second to turn the night tracking light on. The light will be flashing. To enter solid mode, press the button again. Pressing the button again after this will turn the light off.
How to lock your ET-300 remote?
- Once you have your desired stimulation level set up, push down on the top of the stimulation dial. “1D” will light up on the LCD screen. If unlocked, this will be flashing. In locked mode, “1D” is solid.
To check, try rotating the stimulation knob again. If the level does not change, the remote is successfully locked.
How to unlock your ET-300 remote?
- Press the stimulation knob down and hold for a few seconds until the “1D” icon flashes.
How can you turn the ET-300 Lost Transmitter Mode on?
- To turn lost transmitter mode on, set the intensity level to 0. Then press the “L” button and the black “S” button simultaneously. Once the locator timer is on, you will hear 3 short beeps. This activates the 6-hour timer.
The lost transmitter mode is automatically turned off when the transmitter is turned off and back on again.
How do you pair a new collar to the ET-300 transmitter?
- To pair or sync a new collar to your ET-300 transmitter remote, follow these steps:
- Turn the transmitter remote on.
- Dial the intensity down to 0.
- Make sure the receiver collar is off.
- Put the red dot on the transmitter against the red dot on the receiver for 5 seconds or until the green light changes from solid to flashing.
- Press the black “S” button and then the red “S” button. Hold for 2 seconds until you hear the confirmation sound.
Can you add another dog to your ET-300 remote training collar system?
- Yes, the ET-300 is expandable to a 2-dog system. Find compatible additional collars here.
How can you add another collar to your ET-300 remote?
- To add another dog to your ET-300, simply turn the remote on. Press the red “S” button, then the black “S” button, and finally the “T” button. Then, hold all three simultaneously for 2 seconds or until the confirmation beep is heard. This changes your remote to a 2-dog remote.
Then follow the pairing/syncing steps outlined previously to pair the additional collar with the transmitter.
How can you change your ET-300 back to a 1-dog remote system?
- To change back to a single-dog system, turn the remote on. Press the red “S” button, then the black “S” button, and finally the “T” button. Then, hold all three simultaneously for 2 seconds or until the confirmation beep is heard.
How can you replace the Mini Educator contact points?
- Using the included contact point tool, loosen the contact points by rotating counter-clockwise. Install the replacement prongs and tighten them by rotating clockwise.
How long does the ET-300 e collar battery last?
- One full charge can last between 40-60 hours. An ET-300 battery typically lasts 3-5 years. However, please note that this can vary depending on usage. Battery life also deteriorates over time.
Does the ET-300 Mini Educator come with a warranty?
- Yes. The Mini Educator comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
For more information on how to use your ET-300 Mini Educator remote training collar, please check the ET-300 Mini Educator manual.
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