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The Complete Guide to Using The Educator ET-400 by E-Collar Technologies

The Complete Guide to Using The Educator ET-400 by E-Collar Technologies

Dog training is a must for every pet owner. A well-trained dog means your furry companion can freely roam the home and yard or explore further without you having to worry that they will end up lost, hurt, or worse, cause harm to other people, animals, and things.

Training can be done in a variety of ways. One of the best and more effective methods is using a remote training collar. Popularly known as an e-collar, e collar, or shock collar, remote trainers can help take the confusion out of dog training by improving the communication between owner and pet. 

One of the most reliable products for this is the ET-400 Educator remote dog training collar by E-Collar Technologies.

Getting Started with the ET-400 Remote Dog Training Collar

What is the ET-400 Educator remote dog training e collar? The ET-400 is a training collar for dogs. Sometimes overshadowed by its very popular little brother, the Mini Educator ET-300, the ET-400 is nevertheless a useful tool and a great help in dog training. It can assist you in changing your dog's unwanted behavior, help reinforce already learned commands, and improve communication and the overall relationship between you and your pet.

If you have recently purchased The Educator ET-400 or considering getting one for your furry best friend, here's everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

The Educator ET-400 Remote Dog Training E Collar by E-Collar Technologies 

  • Waterproof Floating Remote Transmitter
  • Waterproof Collar Receiver
  • 30" x 3/4" 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-400 Remote Transmitter

The Educator ET-400 Remote Transmitter with Parts Labeled

The Educator ET-400 Remote transmitter has an ergonomic stopwatch design that's easy to hold and operate one-handed.

ET-400 Receiver Collar

The ET-400 Educator Receiver E Collar with Biothane Strap, Parts Labeled

The Educator collar comes with a Biothane strap that can fit necks between 9" to 25". The strap can be cut to size for small to large dogs.

The ET-400 Remote Dog Training Collar comes with the following features:

  • 3/4 Mile Range
  • 1-100 User-Selectable Levels of Static Stimulation
  • 1-60 Levels Additional Boost
  • Non-Stimulating Vibration
  • Pavlovian Tone
  • Lock and Set Technology
  • Ergonomic "Stopwatch-Design" Transmitter
  • Lost Transmitter Mode
  • Waterproof
  • Collar Receiver Light
  • Quick Charge Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Expandable to 2-Dog System 

The Educator ET-400 is expandable to a 2-Dog system with the purchase of additional collars. Unlike the ET-300 Mini Educator that comes with skin variants in black and Zen designs, the ET-400 comes in just the yellow variant. However, different colored skins are available for purchase.

The ET-400 Remote Dog Training Collar - The Educator - Communicate Better with your Dog

If you are struggling to understand your dog, it is more complicated for them to understand what you are trying to relay. This is where The Educator ET-400 dog training collar can help best.

The ET-400 Educator collar includes a wide range of features. With 100 selectable levels of static stimulation and up to 60 levels of boost, finding the right level for your pet is easy. With the "Lock and Set" safety feature, you can also prevent accidental shocks.

It has a best-fit remote that will let you operate using a single hand. The remote can quickly go from your hand to your pocket due to its ergonomic design. The remote is also waterproof and floats in the water so you can even take it with you during outings that include water activities. The lost transmitter mode can be activated, so even if you drop the remote in the field, you can conveniently trace where it is.

Even the most challenging canines can benefit from The Educator ET-400 e-collar. With additional tone and vibration functions, this is one of the most humane remote trainers available today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started with Your ET-400 The Educator Remote Training Collar

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 Educator ET-400 also has a 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 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.

How does The Educator ET-400 e collar work?

  • The ET-400 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 Educator ET-400 Educator waterproof?

  • Yes, both the remote and the receiver are waterproof and submersible. This can be used in water activities since the remote can float. It will not shock dogs even if it is exposed or submerged in water. It can be used safely in the rain or while you are training your dog how to swim.

Is The Educator ET-400 different from the ET-400TS?

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

Does the ET-400 Educator have a tone?

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

Operating Your ET-400 The 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.

Fitting the E Collar

How to charge the ET-400 Educator?

  • The charging port on both the ET-400 transmitter and receiver can be found at the back. Simply lift the battery cover flap and plug in the dual charger.

Charging Ports for the ET-400 Educator E Collar

You can charge the remote and e collar at the same time. A few things to note:

    • The indicator lights on your device will blink red if charging is required.
    • While charging, the indicator light will be a solid red. When fully charged, the light will turn to a solid green.
    • Do not allow the batteries to get hot or be fully discharged. Store at room temperature with a 50% capacity charge.  

How long is the charging time for The Educator ET-400 e-collar?

  • The charging time is approximately 2 hours.

How can you turn The Educator ET-400 on and off?

  • Place the small red dot on the transmitter against the small red dot on the collar receiver, then long-press the "L" button for 2 seconds to turn it on.

Press and hold the "L" button for 2 seconds to turn the transmitter off.

The L Button at the Back of ET-400 Remote Training Collar Remote

How do you know if your Educator ET-400 e-collar is ready for use?

  • Check the LCD on your ET-400 remote. If turned on, the LCD will display the settings.

How do you know if your Educator ET-400 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 Educator ET-400 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 Educator ET-400 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.

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.

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 then send continuous stimulation for as long as the button is still pressed.

How to set the stimulation level on your ET-400 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.

Knob for Changing Stimulation Levels on the ET-400 Educator Collar

How can you switch stimulation modes in your ET-400?

  • The ET-400 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 the screen. In Continuous mode only, the "C" is displayed.

How does the boost function of the Educator ET-400 e collar 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 Educator ET-400 e collar?

  • Follow the following steps:
    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-400 Educator?

  • First, for Momentary Boost, press the black "S" button, then continue by pressing the red "S" button without releasing. 
  • For Continuous Boost, press the red "S" button to send continuous stimulation. Without releasing the red "S", press the black "S" button for continuous boost.

How to activate the Lost Transmitter mode?

  • Lost transmitter mode is activated by pressing the light (L) button and then simultaneously pressing the stimulation button (Black "S") when the intensity level is set to zero. Three short beeps will sound, confirming the activation of the locator timer.
  • Lost transmitter mode is turned off by turning your transmitter off and back on again.

How do you sync the receiver collar to the transmitter remote of your ET-400 Educator collar?

  • The steps are the same, whether you're pairing and syncing the receiver collar for the first time, replacing the collar, or adding another collar to your system.
    1. Turn on the transmitter.
    2. Turn the intensity dial to "0" and make sure the collar receiver is off when you do this.
    3. Put the red dot on the transmitter against the red dot on the collar receiver for 5 seconds or until the green light changes from solid to a rapidly flashing green light.
    4. While the indicator light on the collar receiver is rapidly blinking, press the black "S" button first, followed by the red "S" button simultaneously. Do this for 2 seconds or until you hear the confirmation sound from the collar receiver. 

How to change the Educator ET-400 from a 1-dog to a 2-dog transmitter?

  • The Educator ET-400 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. Then, install the replacement prongs and tighten them by rotating clockwise.

How long does the ET-400 e collar battery last?

  • One full charge can last between 40-60 hours. An ET-400 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-400 Educator come with a warranty?

  • Yes. The Mini Educator comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

More Questions and Answers

Does The Educator ET-400 have any safety features?

  • Yes. The Educator ET-400 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.

ET-400 Remote Transmitter Lock and Set Function

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

  • The 3/4-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.

What do the lights on The Educator ET-400 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-400 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 how to use your Educator ET-400 remote training collar, please check the ET-400 Educator user manual.

Looking for a different Educator remote training collar? Find what you need through our handy  Educator collar buying guide.


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