Can I use a shock collar on a small dog?
Remote collar training for a toy dog? Can it be done?
The short version answer is: Yes, of course.
I do understand there is a fairly common perception that little dogs somehow need less training and so a collar “wouldn’t be necessary”. Plus, I believe there is a certain amount of worry that somehow the electricity is *scary* or could hurt a smaller dog.
But none of that is true.
First off, the collars are totally safe just like the medical professions TENS unit (more on this topic later) Secondly, anyone that has lived with a toy breed can tell you what mischief they can get into!
Honestly, why shouldn’t these little pixies enjoy just as much safe, off leash fun as the big dogs? And why should pet owners sell themselves short on having a really well mannered companion just because their pooch is pint sized?
Regardless of size, most dog owners struggle with similar problems. Big dogs and little dogs don’t seem to come when called, do lots of jumping on visitors, go bolting out the door, chew up the carpet and joyfully participate in plenty of frivolous barking.
Regardless of size, dogs are dogs and they all learn the same way. Sure techniques can vary slightly from individual to individual; that is what makes training an art as well as a science, but there is enough in common that the tool can remain the same.
The only real consideration in asking the question “Can I use a shock collar on a small dog?” is “Will it fit and can the dog comfortably carry the weight of it?”
In order for the collar to work properly it has to fit so that both contact points touch the dog’s neck. For really tiny dogs there is just no way to get a really good and comfortable fit. But I am sure the technology will keep advancing and someday it will not be a concern.
For now, dogs in the 10 pound range can very easily wear a remote collar and even smaller than that can be done with some minor adjustments made to the collar.