Training collars for dogs, also known as “shock collars” can be the difference between a poor dog and a great dog, according to rabbit hunter Eric Braselton, who said using them is “essential” for good training.

“If they get on a deer, I need to let them know immediately that is not okay, so I will hit the shock button to let them know that is a bad thing.” said Braselton, whose collars have another feature that keeps him from having to use the shock very often.

“My collars have a beep or tone, and I will play the tone the dogs can hear first,” he said. “This is like a warning. If they do not change their behavior, then I may give them a mild shock.” 

Braselton explains that once a dog is shocked, regardless of how mild, he seldom has to use the shock again, preferring to use the tone instead.