The Complete Guide to Using the FOB Educator FE-560 by E-Collar Technologies
E-Collar Technologies produced the very popular Mini Educator ET-300 remote training collar. You can hardly search for remote trainers or shock collars without running into one (or two or three. The ET-300 comes in yellow, black, and Zen design variants). The ET-300, with its distinctive round, stopwatch-style remote, has always been an eye-catcher of an Educator collar.
With the introduction of the all-new FOB Educator system, however, the round remote transmitter takes a backseat in favor of a fob-shape transmitter.
Getting Started with the FOB Educator FE-560 Remote Training Collar
A remote training collar is an excellent tool for dog training. Sometimes called an e-collar, remote trainer, or dog shock collar, it can be an effective method of communication when used correctly. It can help correct undesirable behavior and reinforce learned commands. E collars have an extensive range, allowing you to control your pets even at great distances.
Educator has created one of the most compact yet powerful e-collars in the FOB Educator FE-560 Remote Training Collar.
If you’ve just purchased the FE-560 or one of its variants, or are looking to get one for your beloved furry companion, here’s everything you need to know.
What comes in the box:
- FOB Remote Transmitter
- Collar Receiver with Biothane Strap
- Battery Charger (120V/220V)
- Extra Contact Points – 3/4”
- Contact Point Removal Tool
- Test Light
- Owner’s Manual
FOB Educator FE-560 Remote Transmitter:
The FOB Educator FE-560 remote transmitter has an entirely new design that is very distinct from the Mini Educator collar. The shape is rectangular. It's also very lightweight. The remote has a plus and minus button to modify the stimulation, unlike the Mini Educator with a turning dial.
A "power button" is located on the side of the transmitter. The program button is at the back. On the other side of the transmitter, you'll see the "L" and "R" buttons and a micro-USB port for charging.
FOB Educator FE-560 Receiver Collar:
The receiver collar strap is made of waterproof Biothane, per usual on all Educator collars. The receiver can be charged using the port on the rear. Two pre-installed contact points are located in the middle. The "on" and "off" buttons, which are a little unique compared to other receivers created by E-collar Technologies, are located beneath.
A receiver status light can be found at the side of the collar. A green flashing indicates the receiver is "on." Once a signal is sent from the remote to the collar, the light will flash red.
Finger Trainer (FT-030)
The finger trainer is not included with the FOB Educator FE-560. However, it can be purchased separately and makes for an excellent addition to your FOB system if you want convenience. This small and nifty tool has a nice, soft button on top. It has a little on/off switch on the side. The gadget is off when you turn it to the "o" position and on when you turn it to the "I" position. When you press the button on top, a little red light will flash to indicate that a signal is being sent to the transmitter, which then sends a signal back to the receiver.
It already has a Velcro strap attached, which you may modify to fit the size of your finger. In addition, the back features four screws that allow access to the batteries if they need to be changed.
The FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar comes with the following features:
- 300-Yard Range
- 100 Levels of Adjustable Static Stimulation
- 5-100 User Settable Max Limit Level
- User-Settable Ramping Up Speed
- Continuous and Ramping Stimulation Modes
- Blunt Stimulation
- Vibration or Tapping Sensation
- Lock and Set Feature
- Collar Receiver Light
- Quick Charge Lithium-Polymer Batteries
- Fully Waterproof Transmitter and Receiver
The FE-560 is a one-dog system but can be converted to a two-dog system with the purchase of additional collars. An out-the-box two-dog system is also available, the FE-562.
Best for dogs 5 pounds and larger.
The FE-560 FOB Educator – Educator’s Smallest Remote Trainer Yet
The FOB Educator FE-560 comes equipped with the smallest handheld remote and receiver that E-Collar Technologies has ever created, but it still has an incredible range of 300 yards. With user-adjustable timing between working and maximum stim level, the FOB models retain the distinctive "blunt" stimulation mode of all Educator shock collars.
The FOB remote features an “optional finger button” in the model FE-560B. It simulates 1 setting - vibration or tone only. This is handy if you have a dog that gets overly excited at seeing an already familiar remote transmitter.
The FE-560 is a powerful tool. It gives your dog the freedom to run free, secure in the knowledge that you are in perfect control and can carry out an order from any distance. It’s everything you want in a small remote training collar, all wrapped in a reliable package.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an e-collar?
- An e-collar, sometimes stylized as ecollar or e collar, is a dog training tool. It’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?
- Anything, including remote training and plain collars, might be harmful if misused. When people use these tools improperly, problems may occur. Training collars should always be worn during training sessions in conjunction with positive reinforcement to convey a message, and afterward, they should be taken off. The stimulation may be unpleasant but generally harmless. They should never be used to chastise a dog for failing to carry out behavior they do not entirely comprehend. Positive reinforcement should be used to teach new behaviors in a range of settings and situations.
The FE-560 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 6 months old. We recommend supplementing training with a remote trainer only when your dog has already learned the basic commands.
Are Educator collars worth it?
- Educator collars by E-Collar Technologies are highly reliable and effective if used correctly and as intended. It has a good range and features that make it worth your money.
How does the FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar work?
- Electric training collars such as the FOB Educator FE-560 use radio signals to give a gentle stimulus from a remote control (transmitter) to a receiver collar placed around the dog's neck, either to deter undesirable behavior or to promote command obedience.
If you have the FE-560B, the included finger button mimics one button function of the remote. As long as the transmitter is within 12 feet, you can use the finger trainer the same way you would the remote but limited to one function only.
Does the FE-560 FOB Educator have any safety features?
- The FE-560 FOB 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 popular Mini Educator ET-300 and the FE-560 FOB Educator?
- Physically, the Mini Educator ET-300 has a round, stopwatch-style remote. The FE-560 FOB Educator has a distinct fob-style remote transmitter. They also differ in their features and functionality.
Operating the FE-560 FOB Educator Collar
How do I 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 10 hours every day.
How do I charge the FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar?
- Before using your FE-560 FOB Educator collar, ensure the remote and transmitter batteries are fully charged. The charging port can be found at the side of the remote transmitter and the back of the collar receiver. Simply lift the rubber flap cover and attach the dual charger.
The light will turn a solid red during charging cycles. Once fully charged, the light will turn green. Charging time takes approximately 2 hours.
How do I turn the FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar transmitter on and off?
- The transmitter can be turned on/ off by pressing the power button.
- Press and hold the power button for at least 0.5 seconds to turn the transmitter on.
- The LCD will turn on, display "On," and then show the current stimulation level.
- To turn the transmitter off:
- Press and hold the power button for 1.5 seconds or more to turn the transmitter off.
- The LCD will display “OF.”
How do I turn the FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar receiver on and off?
- To turn the receiver collar on, press the power button for 1 second or longer.
- To turn it off, press the power button for 1 second or longer.
Why can’t I get the full range on my e-collar?
- Actual range may 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 I know if my FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar is ready for use?
- Check the LCD on your FE-560 remote. If turned on, the LCD will display the settings.
How do I know if my FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar is ready for adjustment?
- A flashing “1D” on the LCD screen indicates the stimulation can be adjusted.
How do I lock FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar?
- The "1D" icon on the LCD will be blinking to indicate the e-collar is unlocked.
- Hold the "P" button and simultaneously press the "-" button to activate the Stimulation Level Button Lock.
- If done successfully, the "1D" icon will change to solid.
How do I unlock FE-560 FOB Educator e-collar?
- Hold the "P" button and simultaneously press the "-" button to deactivate the Stimulation Level Button Lock.
- If done successfully, the "1D" icon will change and start blinking.
How do I program rising stimulation on the FE-560 FOB Educator collar?
- What is rising stimulation? The rising stimulation option lets you increase the stimulation from the current level to the maximum level.
- Make sure the current stimulation level is not set to 0.
- Press the black "S" button and the "P" buttons simultaneously in your transmitter.
- In programming mode, set the red "S" button to "St," then press the red "S" button.
- The stimulus level rise time is the time to reach maximum stimulation from the current set level. To set the stimulus level rise time:
- Keep pressing the “R” button on standby until you reach the desired time.
- The last selected time is automatically set.
What is the tapping sensation on the FE-560 FOB Educator?
- Tapping refers to vibration and is best for sensitive or hearing-impaired dogs.
Does the FE-560 FOB Educator have a tone?
Can I add another dog to my FE-560 FOB Educator remote training collar system?
- Yes, the FE-560 is expandable to a 2-dog system. It also comes in a 2-dog version, the FE-562.
How can I add another collar to my FE-560 FOB Educator remote?
- When the display reads "2D" and the receiver is off, turn on the transmitter and set the stimulation to "0."
- For around 5 seconds, hold down the receiver's button until a flashing green light appears.
- Press the "-" and "L" buttons together until your receiver makes a confirmation sound.
How can I change my FE-560 to a 2-dog remote system?
- Turn on the transmitter and select "0" for the stimulation level.
- Press the "P" and "+" buttons simultaneously for around two seconds.
- Wait until a confirmation sound is heard.
How can I replace the FOB 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 FE-560 e collar battery last?
- One full charge can last between 40-60 hours. An Educator collar battery typically lasts 3-5 years. However, please note that this can vary depending on usage. Battery life also deteriorates over time.
Does the FE-560 FOB Educator come with a warranty?
- The FOB Educator remote training collar comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Please check the user manual for more information on how to use your FE-560 FOB Educator remote training collar.
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