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The Complete Guide to Using the Boss Educator ET-800 by E-Collar Technologies

The Complete Guide to Using the Boss Educator ET-800 by E-Collar Technologies

E-Collar Technologies is always one of the pack leaders when it comes to dog training collars. The ET-300 Mini Educator E Collar, for example, has always been a popular choice among balanced dog trainers and pet owners.

But the Mini Educator is not the only powerhouse in E-Collar Technologies' superb lineup of shock collars for dogs. Another great ecollar piece is the ET-800, nicknamed "The Boss."

The Boss – Leading the Way to Successful Dog Training

Whether you're looking to advance dog training with more complicated commands, reinforcing adherence regardless of distance, or training your dog to go fully off-leash without worry even in high-distraction environments, The Boss ET-800 remote training collar can come in handy.

Getting Started with the Boss Educator ET-800 Remote Dog Training Collar

What is the Boss ET-800 Educator remote dog training e collar? The ET-800 is a training collar for dogs. It comes with various stimulation options, including static or shock, vibration, and tone. Used properly, this Educator collar provides effective correction for medium and large-sized dogs weighing 20 pounds or more. The Boss Educator ET-800 has a range of up to one (1) mile, letting you go from home and yard training to wider fields without a worry.

If you have recently purchased The Boss Educator ET-800 remote trainer or are considering getting one for your pet, here's everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

ET-800 The Boss Educator Remote Training Collar Box Contents

  • Waterproof Floating Remote Transmitter
  • Waterproof Collar Receiver
  • 30" x 1" Biothane Collar Strap
  • Two (2) Sets of Contact Points (5/8" and 3/4")
  • Contact Points Removal Tool
  • Remote Skin Removal Tool
  • Test Light
  • Dual Battery Charger (120V/220V)
  • Charger Splitter Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Lanyard for Remote 

ET-800 Remote Transmitter

ET-800 The Boss Educator Remote Transmitter with Functions Labeled


The Boss Educator ET-800 remote transmitter is a black, ergonomic stopwatch design that's easy to hold and operate one-handed. The stimulation level adjustment knob lets you choose from 100 levels of static stimulation. For highly distracting situations, or if you have a more stubborn dog, you can supplement this with a further 60 levels of boost.

ET-800 Transmitter with Boost Function

The ET-800 also has vibration and tone for more sensitive dogs.

ET-800 Receiver Collar

ET-800 Remote and Collar


All Educator collars come with a Biothane strap that's waterproof and easy to clean. The ET-800 receiver collar strap that's 1" in width and can fit necks between 8" to 26". The strap can also be cut to size for small to large dogs.

The ET-800 Remote Dog Training Collar comes with the following features:

  • 1 Mile Range
  • 1-100 User-Selectable Levels of Static Stimulation
  • 1-60 Levels Additional Boost
  • 3 Stimulation Modes – Momentary, Continuous, and Combo Mode
  • Non-Stimulating Vibration
  • Pavlovian Tone
  • Lock and Set Technology
  • Ergonomic "Stopwatch-Design" Transmitter
  • Quick Adjustment Intensity Dial
  • High-Quality Biothane Collar Strap
  • Collar Receiver Light
  • Waterproof
  • Collar Receiver Light
  • Quick Charge Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • For Dogs 20 Pounds and Up 

The Boss Educator ET-800 is expandable to a 2-Dog system with the purchase of additional collars. The remote transmitter is black, but different colored skins are also available for purchase.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here's what you need to know about using your ET-800 Boss Educator.

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 a 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 Educator ET-800 also has non-stimulating vibration, Pavlovian tone, and a lock and set technology that can control or stop that static stimulation.

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 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.

How does The Educator ET-800 e collar work?

  • The ET-800 transmitter remote sends a signal to the receiver collar on the dog's neck. The collar has two contact points or 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.

Is The Boss Educator ET-800 e-collar waterproof?

  • Yes, both the remote and the receiver are waterproof and submersible and can be used in water activities since the remote also floats.

Is The Boss Educator ET-800 different from the ET-800TS?

  • ET-800TS is an older model that has since been discontinued. The main difference between the two is the battery the e-collar uses. The ET-800TS came with a Ni-MH battery, while the ET-800 comes with the more modern quick-charge Li-Polymer battery. The ET-400TS also does not come with a Tone function.

Does the ET-800 Educator have a tone?

  • Yes. The "T" button on the remote can be set up to administer vibration or tone.

Operating Your ET-800 Boss Educator Remote Training Collar

Where should an e-collar sit on a dog's neck?

  • The collar should be adjusted to allow the contact points to have direct contact with the skin. A couple of fingers should fit between the collar and the dog's skin. Tightly placed collars may cause irritations and discomfort. The best position of the collar should be on either side of the dog's trachea or windpipe.

Illustration of Proper E-Collar Position on Dog's Neck

How to charge the ET-800 Boss Educator?

  • The charging port on both the ET-800 transmitter and receiver can be found at the back. Simply lift the battery cover flap and plug in the dual charger. You can charge the remote and e collar at the same time.

Illustration of ET-800 Remote and Collar Charging Ports

What do the ET-800 lights mean?

  • Blinking green – normal operation
  • Solid green – fully charged
  • Solid red – stimulation is being applied, or the device is charging
  • Blinking red – recharging is required

Do not allow the batteries to get hot or be fully discharged. Store at room temperature and keep the device away from extremely hot or cold temperatures.

How long is the charging time for The Educator ET-800 e-collar?

  • The charging time is approximately 2 hours.

How do you turn The Boss Educator ET-800 on and off?

  • To turn the receiver collar on or off, simply press the "ON/OFF" button until the light turns green.

Illustration of ET-800 On and Off Button

How do you know if your Educator ET-800 e collar is ready for use?

  • Check the LCD on your ET-800 remote. If turned on, the LCD will display the settings.

How do you know if your Educator ET-800 e-collar is ready for adjustment?

  • A blinking "1D" on the LCD screen indicates the stimulation can be adjusted.

How do you set the stimulation level of your Educator ET-800 e-collar?

  • Rotate the stimulation level dial clockwise or counter-clockwise to increase or decrease the stimulation level.

How do you lock and unlock the stimulation levels?

  • Once you have set the desired stimulation level, press the top of the stimulation dial until "1D" is shown at the top of the LCD. A solid "1D" means the remote is now locked. Test by rotating the knob again. If the level doesn't change, the remote is locked.
  • To unlock, simply press the knob again.

How do you know if your Educator ET-800 e-collar is locked?

  • When locked, "1D" on the LCD screen will be solid instead of flashing.

What do M and C mean on the Educator e collar?

  • The Boss Educator ET-800 remote trainer comes with Momentary (M) and Continuous (C) stimulation. Momentary allows you to send a single pulse of static at the previously set level. Continuous stimulation, meanwhile, will send pulses of static for as long as the button is pressed. Do note, however, that Continuous mode will time out at 10 seconds to ensure you do not accidentally over-stimulate your pet.

Illustration of ET-800 Remote Transmitter M and C Buttons

How to change modes on the ET-800 e-collar?

  • The M/C button can be found at the back of the remote transmitter. Press and hold the button for two (2) seconds. A beep will indicate that you have entered change mode status. Press and release the M/C button again to change from M (Momentary) to C (Continuous) to M+C (Combo mode).

What is the Tapping Sensation?

  • Tapping is similar to vibration. It's ideal for deaf and hearing-impaired dogs or those that are overly sensitive to static stimulation.

What does Pavlovian Stimulation mean?

  • Pavlovian training is a kind of conditioned response training. In your Educator collar, it means both Tone and Stimulation are used to condition the response. After pressing the Tone button on the transmitter for more than 1.2 seconds, the collar will send continuous stimulation for as long as the button is still pressed.

How to change from tapping (vibration) to tone stimulation?

  • To toggle between tapping and tone, press the "L" and "T" buttons simultaneously. Ensure that the intensity level has been set to zero (0) before doing this.
  • A single beep and an "A" icon on the screen indicate tone followed by stimulation. Two (2) beeps and the "T" icon indicates the tapping sensation is active.

How to set the stimulation level on your ET-800 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 does the boost function of the Educator ET-800 e collar work?

  • In addition to Momentary and Continuous, your Educator collar also comes with a Boost function which sends extra stimulation. This is usually recommended for high-distraction situations or particularly stubborn dogs.

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 Educator ET-800 e collar?

1. Make sure the remote is on Momentary Mode. (If not, press the M/C button until "M" is displayed on the screen.)

2. Dial the intensity down to 0.

3. Press the black "S" button for 5 seconds until the intensity level changes from "0" to a flashing "1."

4. Rotate the dial to the desired boost level.

5. Press the black "S" button to save and exit.  

How can you use the boost function on the ET-800 Boss Educator collar?

  • For momentary boost, press the black "S" button. Without releasing, press the red "S" button next.
  • For continuous boost, press the red "S" button. Without releasing, press the black "S" button next.

How to activate the light on my ET-800 Educator collar?

  • Press the "L" button to activate the night tracking light.

ET-800 LED Light Feature

How to activate lost transmitter mode on my ET-800 Educator collar?

  • Set the intensity level to zero (0). Press the "L" button and the black "S" button simultaneously. Three short beeps will sound to confirm the activation of lost transmitter mode.
  • To deactivate, simultaneously press the "L" and the red "S" buttons. Again, the intensity must first be set to zero (0) before doing this. Lost transmitter mode is also automatically turned off when the transmitter is turned off.

How do you sync the receiver collar to the transmitter remote of your ET-800 Boss Educator e collar?

  • Whether you're pairing and syncing the receiver collar for the first time, replacing the collar, or adding another collar to your system, the steps are the same. 
    1. Turn on the transmitter.
    2. Turn the intensity dial to "0". Make sure the collar receiver is off when you do this.
    3. Press the on/off button for 5 seconds or until the green light on the receiver starts flashing.
    4. Press the black "S" button first, followed by the red "S" button. Hold until the confirmation sound is heard from the collar receiver.

How to change the Educator ET-800 from a 1-dog to a 2-dog transmitter?

  • The Educator ET-800 is expandable and can handle up to 2 dogs in the same system. To change the remote functionality, follow these steps.
    1. Turn on the Transmitter.
    2. Press the red "S" followed by the black "S" followed by the "T" button simultaneously for more than 2 seconds until you hear the confirmation beeps.

To turn back to a 1-dog system, repeat step 2 above.

How can you replace the Educator collar contact points?

  • Using the included contact point tool, loosen the contact points by rotating counter-clockwise. Install the replacement prongs and tighten them by turning clockwise.

How long does the ET-800 e collar battery last?

  • One full charge can last between 40-60 hours. An ET-800 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-800 Boss Educator come with a warranty?

  • Yes. The Boss Educator remote trainer comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

More Questions and Answers

Does The Educator ET-800 have any safety features?

  • Yes. The Boss Educator ET-800 remote dog training e-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.

Why can't I get the full range on my e-collar?

  • The 1-mile is more than enough for most dog training. However, the actual range may vary according to terrain, weather conditions, foliage, power lines, and radio transmissions from other devices. For best results, hold the transmitter away from your body. Do not touch the antenna as it will significantly reduce range.

What do the lights on The Educator ET-800 mean?

  • The blinking green light signifies normal operation. Solid red light is shown when stimulation is applied. If the light is blinking and red, the e-collar needs to be charged.

What does 1D mean on the ET-800 Boss Educator LCD?

  • It indicates that the device stimulation is ready for adjustment. Solid 1D means that the stimulation is locked while "0" means no stimulation. "Hi" denotes the maximum stimulation level, which is 100.

For more information on using your Educator ET-800 remote training collar, please check the user manual.

Looking for a different Educator collar? Let our handy buying guide help!



  • Hello Tamu,

    The ET-800 Boss Educator sounds like a great option for your Spanish Mastiff with a 65 cm neck. The collar strap on this e-collar is 30 inches long, which is roughly 76 cm, so it should provide a comfortable fit.

    If you’re new to using an e-collar, our experienced dog trainers across the U.S. may be able to guide you through the process. You can find a directory of our partner trainers here: .

    We hope this information helps!

    - PetsTEK Team
  • Hello. I would like to get a training collar but I am worried that it will not fit. He is a Spanish Mastine cross his neck is 65cm. Will any of the collars fit. Thanks

    - Tamu Gollmer

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