PET CONTROL HQ REMOTE DOG TRAINING collar Review
Can training collars be used on small dogs? Is the static correction going to hurt them?
The answer is - Yes, you can use them on small dog breeds, and no, they are not going to get hurt. Still, there are a couple of things to consider before choosing the right product. What you want to look for in a model is the intensity of the static and the adjust-ability of the collar. Also, the size of the receiver is somewhat important as well.
Being apprehensive about static stimulation as a form of behavioral correction is completely normal and with reason, but rest assured, today's collars are nothing like the shock collars of the past. They are completely safe and harmless and will be a great tool to keep your hyperactive pooch out of harm's way.
Today we have another great in-ground dog fence that is fit for smaller dog breeds and on top of that, it comes with a compatible remote trainer. Read along to find out why we gave it a rating of 4.2. out of 5.
- In-ground system with 490ft of wire included
- IPX7 waterproof collar
- 3 levels of static stimulation for the fence and 10 levels for the remote
- Ideal for most dog breeds that weigh from 11 to 154 pounds
- Collar can fit neck sizes from 8 to 27 inches
- Rechargeable batteries for both the collar and the handheld
- System supports up to 3 dogs
The collar, in general, is designed pretty good with a couple of flaws worth mentioning. The receiver is robust and seems like it could stand a punch, but the contact points were something we were not a fan of. There are 2 sets included so be sure to try them both out, especially if your canine pal has a lengthier coat. The strap is very adjustable and can perfectly fit neck sizes from 8 to 27 inches, however, the material it is made of is somewhat underwhelming. The receiver is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating which means it can be fully submersible up to 1 meter of depth.
The handheld device has a neat design and is pretty straightforward. The buttons are displayed in a simple layout and are a bit stiff but we suspect they will break in after a while. You can control up to 3 collars with the handheld device by pressing the buttons 1, 2 or 3, respectively. Like the collar, the remote is also waterproof.
Both the collar and handheld are powered by rechargeable batteries that come included in the package. They are charged via a USB cable with a dual splitter so you can charge them both at the same time which is very convenient. The battery life is good and should last you at least 2 days on a full charge.
You can prolong its use by selecting the Electric Dog Fence mode (opposite to dual mode which is used if you're operating via the handheld device). We strongly recommend using the collar no longer than 12 hours a day in order to avoid skin rashes. This is also a good time to plug it in and get a full charge.
• In-ground fence and remote trainer in one product
• Heavy-duty wire included
• Can be used on smaller dogs as well
• Collar strap material is underwhelming
• Not the most affordable product on the market
What We Liked about It
We are fans of an all-in-one system as long as they work as advertised, which we found to be the case with the Pet Control HQ Remote Dog Training collar and containment system. We are sure that gadget enthusiasts alike will rejoice and utilize it to its full potential. The included wire is a 13 gauge, single copper core which is one of the more durable wires we saw in an invisible dog fence product. It will handle moisture with ease and resist corrosion, giving it longevity.
What We didn’t Like
The collar design is not necessarily bad, on the contrary, it's highly adjustable and fits pretty much all dog sizes. But the strap is not to our taste, it feels plasticky and we would prefer to have a nylon strap instead.
While the price is to be expected considering all the features you're getting, there are more affordable options on the market, especially if you're looking just for an in-ground fence solution without the flexibility that comes with a handheld device.
Overall we were really satisfied with this complete containment system from Pet Control HQ and we placed it second on our list of best wireless dog fences for small dogs, behind our editor's choice, the Elite Little Dog In-Ground Fence from PetSafe.
Like we mentioned, there are more affordable options that offer more levels of static stimulation or a better quality collar, but if you want the benefit of off-leash training that comes with the handheld device and you want it to work perfectly in conjunction with the in-ground fence - then we would strongly recommend you consider purchasing this particular model.