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How to Use the Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

How to Use the Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

Training a dog to become an obedient pet is not always the easiest. However, the help of an effective tool from a trusted brand can make a world of difference. An e-collar is one such device. Proper use of a remote training e-collar makes dog training more efficient and effective. It also promotes good relationships between pets and their owners.

Dogtra, with over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of electronic dog training equipment, has established itself as a leading brand in the dog training niche. Their remote training collars are highly durable and easy to use, making dog training a more manageable task.

This blog will talk about one of Dogtra's most popular models, the 280C remote training collar.

Getting Started with the Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

What is the Dogtra 280C remote dog training collar? The Dogtra 280C is a remote training collar or e-collar. An e-collar may also be called a dog shock collar, electric collar, or remote trainer. This device is used to reinforce positive behaviors in dogs and eliminate unwanted behaviors.

An e-collar is a valuable tool, providing a safe and effective way to teach behavior rules. It’s also an effective tool for dogs that do not respond well to traditional training methods.

If you've just gotten a Dogtra 280C e collar or want to purchase one for your beloved furry companion, here's everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar Transmitter and Receiver

Remote Transmitter

Collar Receiver

Battery Charger

Splitter Cable

Owner’s Manual

Belt Clip

Package Contents Dogtra 280C

Dogtra 280C Remote Transmitter and Collar

Dogtra 280C Key Features

The Dogtra 280C remote transmitter has an LCD screen that lets you know the precise stimulation level.

The 280C receiver collar is designed to fit and wrap comfortably around the neck of a smaller dog.

The Dogtra 280C remote training collar comes with the following features:

  • 1/2-Mile Range
  • 127 Stimulation Levels
  • Low to Medium Power Output
  • Nick and Constant Stimulation
  • High-Performance Pager Vibration
  • Compact Receiver
  • Patented Rheostat/Volume Dial
  • LCD Screen
  • Battery Status Indicator
  • Fully Waterproof Transmitter and Receiver
  • 2-Hour Rapid Charge Li-Polymer Batteries

The 280C e-collar is best for small to medium-sized dogs with mild, sensitive, and normal temperaments.

The Dogtra 280C remote training collar also comes in a 2-Dog variant, the Dogtra 282C.

Dogtra 282C Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar – Ease of Use

The Dogtra 280C is the big brother of the popular 200C model. It is an ideal remote training collar for small and sensitive dogs. This is because this Dogtra shock collar only has low to medium power output. But don't let that fool you. It's still a more than capable device.

Train your pup without worry, as the rheostat dial allows you to choose the precise level that fits your dog's needs. One glance is enough to know the stimulation level with the LCD screen, day or night.

The 280C has a ½-mile range, features a vibration alert, and is fully waterproof. The ultra-compact receiver on the 280C e-collar is designed to wrap around a smaller dog's neck with comfort. The remote transmitter has a non-slip grip, perfect for all-weather use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an e collar?

  • An e-collar is an electronic training device also known as a remote trainer, remote training collar, or shock collar. It allows you to communicate remotely with your dog. It can assist with reinforcing already learned commands and addressing unwanted behaviors in pets. It provides you the means to train your dog with more precise timing and consistency. As a result, an e-collar is a highly effective dog training tool.

Will an e collar hurt my dog?

  • Modern e-collars allow the owner to take control and adjust the intensity of the stimulation. As long as the trainer pays attention to his dog’s reactions and uses the e-collar as directed, the stimulation is usually only unpleasant but generally harmless.

If you don't want to use static or your dog is more sensitive, the Dogtra 280C also comes with a high-performance pager (vibration).

Are e-collars effective?

  • An e-collar can be effective for training your dog if used responsibly. It is essential to understand what an e-collar is, how to use it, and who should use it. If you are unsure how to use one or do not have enough knowledge on how to start, please seek advice from a professional trainer.

When can I use an e collar for dogs?

  • PetsTEK does not recommend using an e collar for dogs younger than 6 months old. We recommend supplementing training with a remote trainer only when your dog has already learned the basic commands.

Are Dogtra e-collars worth it?

  • Dogtra is a reliable brand and has been transparent with information on its product. Their remote training collars are durable and highly effective if used properly.

How does the Dogtra 280C work?

  • The 280C is operated through a wireless remote that sends electric stimulation to a dog's collar around their neck. The collar has two prongs, or contact points, that deliver static. You can also set the remote to provide vibration to mark the message you're sending your pet.

Does the Dogtra 280C have any safety features?

  • Yes. The Dogtra 280C contains a patented rheostat dial that ensures gradual and accurate level changes. It helps you avoid sudden level jumps that may cause unintentional shock. The collar will automatically shut down after being held down for 12 seconds of constant stimulation to prevent your pet from being overstimulated.

What is the difference between the Dogtra 280C and Dogtra 200C?

  • The Dogtra 280C has 127 levels of static stimulation, while the 200C model has 100 levels of static stimulation.

Operating the Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

How do I fit the e-collar?

    1. Place the receiver on your dog's neck below the ears, on the side of the windpipe.
    2. Ensure that the contact points are in contact with the skin.
    3. Check the fit. You should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and your dog's skin.

Fitting the E-Collar Illustrated Image

If the collar is excessively loose, it will not administer correction reliably. On the other hand, an overly tight collar is an irritation risk. So, make sure your dog is comfortable. Every 2 hours, rotate the collar and never wear it for more than 10 hours per day.

Charging your Dogtra 280C e-collar

  • To charge your Dogtra 280C remote trainer, follow the following steps:
Dogtra Receiver Collar with Parts LabeledDogtra Charger Illustration
      1. Open the rubber plugs on the transmitter and receiver. Connect the charging cable.
      2. Connect the charger to a 120-volt power source. You can also use an auto charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter.
      3. When plugged in correctly, the indicator lights should be red. When the unit is fully charged, the indicator lights turn green.
      4. Once the 280C is fully charged, you will need to turn it on again before use and disconnect it from the battery cable.
      5. Cover the battery charging receptacles with the rubber plugs after charging.

    How do I turn the Dogtra 280C e-collar on?

    • To turn on the receiver, place the red dot on the back of the transmitter against the red dot on the receiver. Hold the two red dots together until the LED light on the receiver comes on.

     Dogtra E-Collar Pairing Illustration

    • To turn the unit off, repeat the same procedure, and hold the two red dots together. The LED light will briefly turn red to signal that the receiver is now off.

    How do I adjust the stimulation level of my Dogtra 280C e-collar?

    • The Dogtra 280C transmitter has a Rheostat Dial on the top. With 0 as the lowest setting and 127 as the highest. Depending on your dog's tolerance, you can adjust the setting upward and downward.

    Can the Dogtra 280C stimulation intensity be adjusted when in use?

    • Yes, the stimulation intensity can be adjusted even when in use.

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

    • The range of a transmitter varies depending on its application. Hold the transmitter away from your body, and don't touch the antenna to get the best range. For maximum signal strength, keep your unit properly charged.

    How do I know if my Dogtra 280C e-collar is ready for use?

    • When the LED indicator flashes every 4 seconds, it indicates that the receiver is on and ready for use. When the transmitter buttons are pressed, the LED indicator on both the remote and the collar will blink.

    What do Nick and Constant stimulation mean?

    • Nick emits a single electrical stimulation pulse when pressed and located on top of the left side of the transmitter. While Constant gives continuous stimulation for 12 seconds when pressed and located on the bottom of the left side.

    Dogtra 280C Remote Transmitter Buttons

    What is the Dogtra 280C Pager?

    • The pager delivers a vibration for up to 12 seconds when the button is pressed; it is located on the transmitter's face.

    Can I change stimulation levels while pressing the remote buttons?

    • The stimulation intensity can be adjusted even when the stimulation is in use.

    Troubleshooting the Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

    Dog in Swamp Wearing Dogtra 280C Remote Training Collar

    1. Why is my dog not reacting to the e-collar?

    A possible reason why your dog isn't responding to e-collar stimulation is that the receiver and the transmitter aren't turned on. It could also possibly be because the prongs are not in contact with your dog's skin. Check the fit. If the fit is okay, check the prong length. If the contact points are too short, you may need to replace them with longer ones for the collar to function properly. If you are already using the longest length, shaving your dog's hair to improve contact might be a good idea.

    1. The test light turns on, but I do not feel anything.

    You may have a high tolerance. Try turning the level up. A low battery could also cause this. Check the battery life on your LCD.

    1. The range is less when the dog is farther away.

    Check if the antenna is not damaged. If the antenna doesn't cause the problem, it could be because of the terrain. Heavy brush or tree cover can affect the range of the device. Similarly, any electrical conductors in the area will affect the range of the e-collar.

    1. My Dogtra 280C is not holding a charge.

    Check if the batteries are adequately charged. If the charging port is unclean, use a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol to clean it. If the charging pin is damaged, you will need to contact Dogtra for assistance and repair.

    For more information on how to use your Dogtra 280C remote training collar, please check the user manual.

    Looking for a different Dogtra collar? Find what you need with the help of our Dogtra E-Collar Buying Guide.


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