As a hunter and a beagle owner, you need your dog be able to obey commands reliably. Every time.
Imagine your beagle off leash for a second...what does he/she do? How do you feel? Frustrated? Disappointed? Worried?
And now imagine your dog staying calm and focused, obeying your commands with military precision. You are focused on the game.
You are in control. Feels good, don't it? But takes a lot of time and effort to train.
There is a shortcut, however, that helps you teach your beagle to obey commands precisely and let's you rely on your dog just like you rely on your gun within just a week.
Wonder what tool can give you results already this week? The answer is a training collar. It is a very effective tool that the majority of K9 trainers use daily on thousands of dogs with various temperaments to reliably train for military precision obedience. So what are the benefits of training with a collar vs training without one?
Keep in mind that when working with a training collar, you need to make sure that your dog already knows and understands the commands you are trying to practice with the collar. Always try the collar on yourself before putting it on your beagle, so that you know exactly what the stimulation feels like. Now, here are the three best training collars for beagles that will help you take obedience to the next level. Fast.
This training collar is excellent for beginners who are just starting collar training, and want to get a taste of it. It's simple to use, and 100 levels of customization give you plenty of room to experiment with vibration, tone or static stimuli to figure out what works best for you and your beagle. The quality and design are not top notch, but you get a good collar for the price and it does the job well.
With a remote range of up to 900 feet, this wireless dog collar can be used comfortably in a range of open spaces. Since the rechargeable transmitter and receiver can be charged simultaneously, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery mid-training.
With static stimulation and vibration stimulus that can be customized according to your preference, this collar offers the trainer a whopping 100 levels of customizations, as well as a standard beeping tone mode that emits a noise as a warning to ensure that your dog is delivered the level of stimulation required to train recall or off leash obedience.
Waterproof and equipped with a TPU collar strap that can be adjusted, thi collar can fit dogs of any size weighing more than 10 lbs. This one is a favorite amongst professional trainers and new pet-owners alike as an effective training solution and comes out on top as the best bark collar for small dogs, the best waterproof dog training collar and best remote dog collar.
The quality, as we mentioned. This is not a high-end collar that will last you 10 years, but it's well-priced, does the job and is very simple to use - ideal for beginners. If you plan to use in on 2 dogs - better consider SportDog collars, since with this one you won't be able to easily switch from one dog to the next. There is also no lock out feature, meaning that if you leave the remote in your pocket you could accidentally press it, so be careful when carrying it around.
When it comes to training collars for hunting dogs, SportDog is hard to beat in terms of the variety of offering and customization. SportDog has you covered for anything from a simple yet robust tool for training in your yard, to a sophisticated multi-dog bear hunting training system. Here we will focus on a collar that is in the middle and offers the best bang for your buck. It will suite seasoned hunters who are after small game.
The Fieldtrainer series will get you the most bang for the buck, so we will focus on the Fieldtrainer 425. However, if you are an experienced hunter who uses multiple dogs, consider their Sporthunter or Sporttrainer series, for waterfowl-hunting environments with close working dogs take a look at the Wetlandhunter collars, whereas if you hunt in the wide open consider Uplandhunter, or Houndhunter if you hunt bear, bobcat or mountain lion with multiple dogs. Each collar is custom tailored to the game and the environment to give you the maximum features you need and none of the clutter you don't.
Equipped with 7 different levels of static stimulus, Fieldtrainer 425 gives you 500 yards of range and is expandable up to 3 dogs. You would need two additional collars for that, but you'll be able to control each dog with the same soft-grip remote control.
The collar allows you to instantaneously pick the correction level of static stimulus you want to be delivered, which begins at the lowest level where you will work most of the time. Higher levels are there just for the large and stubborn dogs, or for emergency situations when your dog might be getting into trouble. You can also easily use its built-in vibration function if you are just starting collar training or if your dog responds to vibration better. Check this video to see all SportDOG levels of static stimulation in action.
Lastly, this collar is waterproof and submersible to 25 feet, not bad.
The only drawback that people have reported with the collar is the battery. I personally never had this problem with mine, but there were some collars with faulty batteries that stopped holding charge after a few months.
The last on our list of the best training collars for beagles is widely recommended by professional hunters, the Garmin Alpha 100 - and this is a beast. This collar might be overwhelming and frustrating for recreational hunters as it just has too many extra features, but a good investment for Pros who need a GPS tracker anyways, and can get a quality 2in1 here with plenty of cool features.
Now, this is a collar for some serious hunting. Garmin is already famous for its robust GPS tracking technology, and now they bring it into hunting, it's a different game. Its Tri-Tronics® electronic dog training technology delivers each dog's precise position every 2.5 seconds.
The touch screen 7-inch map display shows you exactly where your dogs are on TOPO or satellite views and gives you navigation cues to a dog's current location. And if you're using a vehicle to follow and retrieve your dogs, Garmin has a DriveTrack™ 70 dog tracker add-on that was made just for you. They even got a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required) that lets you enjoy a better-than-real-life view of terrain, including roads, water, woods and more. There are even alternative trackers for competitions that don’t allow stimulation, tone or vibe, how cool is that?
The stimulation game alone is taken to a whole new level with this collar. Not only do you communicate separately to each dog through 18 levels of momentary and 18 levels of continuous stimulation, or an audible tone or a vibe command, there is a lockout setting that prevents accidental stimulation, as well as 2 stimulation modes to customize your training even further.
You can choose to make quick changes (low, medium and high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1 through 6), or choose a linear stimulation to give progressively more stimulation from level 1 through level 18.
It doesn't end there either. There is a Rescue Battery mode that allows you to extend your battery life should you need more time to locate your dog.
And this next feature is super cool, Garmin also gives you a free trip-planning software that lets you view and organize your maps, routes, and tracks, share your adventures with friends, and even transfer them to your computer via topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D, including contour lines and elevation profiles.
You can also turn your laptop into a dog tracking station, just load Garmin's software and track multiple dogs and/or buddies (up to 20 Alpha units, TT 15 or T 5 dog devices) with real-time GPS information and GLONASS, making tracking possible even where Internet and cell phone service isn’t available.
The first one is obviously price with the tag of almost $800! But hell, if you are serious about hunting, you'll need to get a separate e-collar and a GPS collar, and with all the features, it's worth it. However, bear in mind the following drawbacks. While the system works great for grown up dogs, it is not suitable for puppy training, since the touch display makes you unlock it first and then go through a couple of screens to change the stimulation level - by the time you're set it's too late. The touch screen also does not work with gloves on.
If you are not especially techie, the setup can be frustrating, since there are so many functions to take care of. Plus, if you shut the device off completely, you'll have to re-calibrate the GPS unit, which might take about 10-15 minutes.
So, are you ready to turn your beagle into a performance hunting dog a week from now? Then join the community of hunters who have already transformed their training and take frustration out of your hunt!
Yes. Training collars got a bad reputation when they first emerged in the 70s, since nobody quite knew how to work with them and they offered little in terms of stimuli customization, thus, did not work well for every dog and could easily be abused by the trainer. Nowadays, however, the collar technology is so advanced that many professional trainers not only use it daily but also suggest that a training collar is the best training tool ever made. The modern collars are made with the latest advancements in behavioral psychology in mind, offer tons of stimuli variations (tone, vibration, spray, air spray, static shock) and level customizations as well as a plethora of safety features to make sure a dog is never accidentally stimulated or overstimulated. They exist because they allow the dog to be safely off leash, roaming around freely, and the trainer to have a peace of mind knowing that the dog will be safe and will follow commands diligently.
No. This is the biggest misconception people have about training collars. A collar is just a tool that helps you train effectively. It is not a magic wand or a remote control. You, as the trainer, need to teach your dog the commands first, and make sure your dog understands them completely before introducing collar training. If the dog has no idea what you want from it, no tool will help. A collar is a great tool but needs to be used properly just like anything else. For help on how to start proper collar training, check Larry Krohn's video lessons, he gives great advice for novice collar trainers.
Every dog is different, so there is no other way but to test it. First, start with yourself. Yep, that's right, before you put anything on your dog, you try it yourself, so that you know exactly how the stimulation feels. Obviously, your dog might sense some levels that you won't even feel, and vice versa. So, start with the lowest level. Always. If you got a tone or vibration mode, this is where you start. Watch your dog, when he/she feels the stimulation, he/she might look surprised or stop midway or otherwise react to the stimulation. You will notice, watch closely. Once you found that minimal level where your dog feels it, this is where you start. As you practice, you might feel that in the presence of serious distractions you need to use a higher level of stimulation. However, for any collar, you should work on the lowest levels only, the higher levels are for large, stubborn dogs or for emergency situations, you would not normally use them. Watch this video to get a better sense of what different types of stimulation feel like. Again, check Larry Krohn's videos to get a better sense of proper timing for collar training.
So, in behavioral psychology there are 4 main types of training: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. Check this article Section on Training Methods for more information on each of the types. Basically, positive in this context means that you are adding something, and negative that you are taking something away. Reinforcement means that you focus on making a behavior happen again, while punishment means you don't want a behavior to happen again, and you discourage it. So it is not good vs evil, these are all training techniques used by various trainers in different combinations and to different extents.
Training Collars are a type of positive punishment, positive and negative punishment are often used with positive reinforcement. For example, if your dog is jumping at you and you want to discourage this behavior, you might turn away and not give it attention when it is jumping (negative punishment, you take away attention to discourage behavior), then praise and give it a treat once it has calmed down and is obeying your commands again (positive since you are adding treats and praise, reinforcement since you are trying to promote this type of behavior). Same with collars, a dog receives an unpleasant stimulus (positive, you are adding something) whenever it, say, barks non-stop for 2 minutes for no reason (punishment, since you want to discourage non-stop barking). Once the dog stops barking, you praise it, give it a treat - use positive reinforcement.
The debate among trainers regarding the best training method is never-ending, although positive reinforcement seems to be working great, and is the most popular type of training right now, trainers do use a combination of techniques for optimal results. In the end, it is up to you how you choose to train you dog, the most important thing is your relationship with your fido and whether you are enjoying your time together.
No. Again, don't ever leave your collar on for over 8 hours a day. If you do leave it on for long periods of time, make sure it fits properly, it's not too loose and not too tight. Move it to different places on your dog's neck if you are planning to use it for extensive periods of time. The biggest mistake beginners make is not fitting the collar properly, so make sure you can place at least a finger between the collar and your dog's neck, and if you can squeeze a whole palm into it - clearly its way too loose.