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How to Use Dogtra E-Collars

How to  Use Dogtra E-Collars

If you're considering using a Dogtra e-collar to train your furry friend, you've come to the right place. Dogtra e-collars are fantastic tools that can help you communicate with your dog and teach them new behaviors. However, it's crucial to use them properly to ensure a safe and effective training experience.

In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to get started with your Dogtra e collar.

Getting to Know Your Dogtra E-Collar

A. Components of the Dogtra E-Collar System

First things first, let's get familiar with the components of your Dogtra e-collar system. The two main parts are the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter is the handheld device you'll use to send signals to your dog. Most Dogtra collars have an LCD screen that displays the stimulation level, along with buttons for different functions like nick and constant stimulation. The transmitter also has a Rheostat Dial, which allows you to adjust the stimulation level from 0 up to 127.

Two Components of an E-Collar

Parts of a Dogtra E-Collar Transmitter

1. Buttons and Their Functions

  • Nick Button: Delivers a single, rapid pulse of stimulation.
  • Constant Button: Provides continuous stimulation for up to 12 seconds. The stimulation automatically stops after 12 seconds as a safety feature.
  • Pager Button: Produces a non-stimulating vibration for up to 12 seconds, as an alternative to static stimulation.
  • On/Off Button: Some Dogtra e-collar models include an on/off button, allowing you to turn the transmitter on and off with a short press. Examples include the Dogtra 280C and ARC remote dog training collars.

2. Rheostat Dial for Adjusting Stimulation Levels

Dogtra e collars feature a Rheostat Dial on the transmitter, allowing for precise and gradual adjustment of the stimulation level. The dial ranges from 0 (no stimulation) to a maximum level (typically 127), with no jumps between levels. This allows you to fine-tune the stimulation to your dog's temperament and sensitivity.

3. LCD Screen

The LCD screen on Dogtra e-collars displays important information such as the stimulation level, battery life, and the number of dogs being trained (for multi-dog systems). Some models, like the Dogtra 1900S and 1902S, have a blue LCD screen that is easily visible even in the dark.

Parts of a Dogtra E-Collar Transmitter

Parts of a Dogtra Collar Receiver

1. Contact Points

The receiver has two stainless steel contact points that deliver the stimulation to your dog's skin. Dogtra uses medical-grade stainless steel to prevent skin irritation. Some models come with interchangeable contact points of different lengths to accommodate dogs with different coat thicknesses.

2. Indicator Light

Most Dogtra receivers have an LED indicator light. This light provides visual cues for various functions, such as battery level, stimulation level, and pairing status.

3. On/Off Magnetic Red Dot

Most Dogtra e-collars, such as the Dogtra ARC HANDSFREE PLUS and the EDGE RT, feature a magnetic red dot on the transmitter. To turn the receiver on or off, simply hold the transmitter's red dot against the receiver's red dot until the LED light flashes.

4. Charging Port

The receiver has a charging port, typically covered by a rubber plug to maintain waterproofing. This is where you'll plug in the charger to recharge the receiver's battery.

Parts of a Dogtra Collar Receiver

B. Charging the Batteries

Charging the batteries is crucial for maintaining your Dogtra e-collar's performance. All Dogtra e-collars utilize advanced lithium-polymer batteries, offering long-lasting power and fast charging times. Depending on the model, a full charge typically takes around 2 hours using the included Dogtra chargers.

To charge your Dogtra e collar, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the charging port: Find the charging port on the receiver, usually covered by a rubber plug for waterproofing.
  2. Remove the plug: Carefully remove the rubber plug from the charging port on the receiver.
  3. Connect the cable: Plug the charging cable into the charging port on the receiver.
  4. Connect to power: Plug the other end of the charging cable into a standard electrical outlet.
  5. Charging indicator: Once the battery is fully charged, the light will turn green.
  6. Store securely: After charging, be sure to securely replace the rubber plug over the charging port.

Simultaneous Charging (if Applicable)

If your Dogtra collar comes with a splitter cable, you can conveniently charge both the transmitter and receiver at the same time.

Charging the Dogtra Transmitter and Receiver Using a Splitter Cable

Bonus Tips

  • Always use the original Dogtra chargers and accessories to prevent any damage that may arise from using third-party products.
  • If you plan on storing your e-collar for an extended period (e.g., several months), it's advisable to fully charge the batteries before storage. Moreover, give them a top-up charge every few months to maintain their capacity.

How to Know if Your Dogtra E-Collar Is Working

Dogtra e-collars prioritize safety and training effectiveness. That's why they come with a dedicated test light. This convenient tool allows you to accurately verify and adjust the stimulation levels delivered to your dog's collar.

Here's how to use the test light to ensure your Dogtra e-collar is functioning properly:

  1. Turn on the receiver and transmitter.
  2. Place the test light tool on the e-collar receiver's contact points.
  3. Press the stimulation buttons on the transmitter (nick or constant).
  4. A flashing test light indicates the e-collar is working.
Using the Test Light Tool

Understanding Stimulation Levels

Most Dogtra e collars offer a wide range of stimulation levels, typically from 0 (no stimulation) to 127 (highest intensity). It's crucial to start at the lowest level and gradually work your way up until you find the appropriate level for your dog. The ideal stimulation level is the minimum intensity that gets your dog's attention and facilitates learning. This is the point where they respond with a mild reaction, such as a slight ear twitch, head turn, or neck movement.

The stimulation level may need to be adjusted based on your dog's temperament, distraction level, and the specific training situation. Several factors can influence this level, including:

  • Dog's temperament: Sensitive dogs may respond well to lower settings, while stubborn or highly distracted dogs might require slightly higher levels initially.
  • Distraction level: Training in a stimulating environment (park, with other dogs) might necessitate a slight adjustment compared to a quiet training session at home.
  • Training situation: The specific behavior you're addressing might require a different level. For example, correcting a minor nuisance might require a lower setting than addressing a serious obedience issue.

Fitting the E-Collar on Your Dog

A properly fitted e-collar is crucial for both your dog's comfort and successful training. An ill-fitting collar can lead to inconsistent stimulation, discomfort, or even skin irritation. Therefore, it's crucial to take the time to fit the e-collar correctly on your dog.

Here's how to ensure a good fit:

  1. Place the receiver on your dog's neck with the contact points directly touching the skin. For long-haired breeds, you may need to part the fur or trim it slightly for better contact.
  2. Secure the collar strap with a snug fit. A good rule of thumb is the two-finger test: you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between the strap and your dog's skin. This ensures the collar isn't too tight or too loose.
  3. While Dogtra uses medical-grade materials to minimize irritation, some dogs may have sensitive skin. Watch for redness, inflammation, or other signs. If any appear, remove the collar and consult your veterinarian.
  4. To further enhance comfort, especially during extended wear, rotate the receiver's position on your dog's neck every few hours. This distributes pressure and reduces irritation risk.
Man Fitting the Dogtra E-Collar to the Dog


Note: Remove the dog collar when not actively training and limit wear time to no more than 8 hours at a time.

Pairing the Transmitter and Receiver

Pairing your Dogtra e-collar establishes a clear line of communication between the transmitter and receiver. The process may vary slightly depending on the model, but the general steps are as follows:

  1. Turn on the transmitter.
  2. With the receiver off, hold the red dots together (transmitter and receiver) until the receiver LED rapidly blinks.
  3. The receiver LED blinking every 4 seconds indicates successful pairing.


Meanwhile, the Pathfinder 2 dog training collar has a slightly different pairing process:

  1. Ensure the receiver is turned off.
  2. Press the receiver's power button for more than 3 seconds until the green LED rapidly flashes and a melody plays. Release the button.
  3. With the GPS Connector turned on, press and hold the Connect GPS Receiver Button until the green LED rapidly flashes.
  4. Pairing is complete when the melody stops and the LED lights stop rapidly flashing.

Note: Refer to your specific Dogtra e-collar model's manual for detailed instructions.

Troubleshooting Dogtra E-Collar Hiccups

Even with the best tools, sometimes things might not go exactly as planned. Here are a couple of common issues you might encounter with your Dogtra e-collar, along with some quick tips:

Issue: E-Collar Not Working

  • Check the Charge: Double-check that both the transmitter (remote) and receiver (collar) are turned on. A low battery can also cause malfunctions, so make sure everything is fully charged.
  • Re-Pair (if needed): Did you recently change the battery or need to re-pair the transmitter and receiver? Refer back to the pairing instructions for your specific Dogtra model. An improper pairing can disrupt communication.
  • User Manual Help: If you've tried these and your e-collar is still acting up, your Dogtra user manual might have more detailed troubleshooting steps. You can also contact Dogtra customer support for further assistance.

Issue: Dog Not Responding to Stimulation

  • Low and Slow: It's possible the stimulation level might be too low for your dog to notice. Remember, we want to start low and gradually increase the intensity. Try raising the level slightly and observe your dog's reaction.
  • Skin Contact Check: Make sure the contact points on the receiver are making good contact with your dog's skin. If your dog has thick fur, you might need to trim it slightly for better contact.

For more in-depth solutions, check out the full guide here.

Using Dogtra E Collars by Model

Dogtra e-collars offer a range of features to cater to various training needs. To help you find the perfect fit for your dog, we've created dedicated guides for some of our most popular models. Explore the strengths of each and discover which one best unlocks your dog's full potential:

Top Dogtra E Collars

For a reliable remote dog training solution, Dogtra has you covered. Their collars are tough, easy to use, and safe. Here are some top picks:

1. Dogtra 1900S Remote Training Collar

Dogtra 1900S Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra 1900S is known for its versatility and durability. Whether for obedience, competition, or K9 training, this e collar is dependable, with 127 levels of stimulation. Great for dogs 35 pounds and larger, this ecollar has a 3/4-mile radius and is fully waterproof. It also comes in a camo and black finish, as well as the Handsfree Plus version.

2. Dogtra 1900S Wetlands Remote Training Collar

Dogtra 1900S Wetlands Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra 1900S Wetlands is a remote training collar designed for wetland hunters. It features a camouflage-patterned receiver and collar strap that blends in with the environment. It has a 3/4-mile range, 127 levels of static stimulation, and a high-performance pager vibration. The receiver collar is waterproof and durable, making it suitable for all weather conditions.

3. Dogtra ARC Handsfree Plus Remote Training Collar

Dogtra ARC Handsfree Plus Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra ARC Handsfree Plus is a slim and sleek device, perfect for dog owners and trainers alike. It features a hands-free remote control, expandable up to 14 HANDSFREE SQUARES. This dog collar has a range of ¾ mile and is fully waterproof, making it durable for demanding training conditions. The system also offers 127 nick/constant stimulation levels for precise control and a Pager vibration to suit your dog’s temperament.

4. Dogtra 1902S Handsfree Plus Remote Training E-Collar

Dogtra 1902S Handsfree Plus Remote Training E-Collar

The Dogtra 1902S Handsfree Plus is an excellent option for pet owners who want to give their dogs freedom without compromising safety. It comes with 2 HANDSFREE SQUARES that sync to your transmitter for discreet and immediate control. What sets it apart from the 1900S Handsfree Plus is its 2-dog system, making it ideal for multi-dog training setups.

5. Dogtra 1900S Black Edition Remote Training Collar

Dogtra 1900S Black Edition Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra 1900S Black Edition features a premium black matte finish with an extended range than the Dogtra 1900S. It’s the perfect remote training collar for serious obedience, hunting, and K9 training. It has a 1-mile range, 127 levels of correction, and 3 correction types (nick, constant, and vibration). The collar is also waterproof and durable, making it perfect for any weather condition.

6. Dogtra 2700T&B Expandable Remote Dog Training Collar

Dogtra 2700T&B Expandable Remote Dog Training Collar

The Dogtra 2700T&B Expandable is the perfect shock collar for your outdoor adventures. It has a 1-mile range, 127 stimulation levels, and 3 beeper modes for easy tracking of your dog. The collar is also fully waterproof, so you don't have to worry about it malfunctioning in the field. This remote collar is available in a limited edition all-orange set for enhanced visibility.

7. Dogtra 200NCPT PetsTEK Edition Remote Training Collar

Dogtra 200NCPT PetsTEK Edition Remote Training Collar

The Dogtra 200NCPT PetsTEK Edition is a versatile dog training collar, perfect for basic obedience and fieldwork training. It has a 1/2-mile range, 100 levels of static stimulation, and 3 training modes: nick/constant, vibration, and tone. It also features a safety level lock switch and a lightweight remote for safe and effective training. It is easy to use and has all the necessary features to get the job done.


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