Training Tips

Training Guide For PAC RemoteTrainers

This Guide has been assembled to incorporate advice and guidance from a variety of dog experts, trainers, behaviorists,veterinary professionals and several anonymous personnel involved with animal welfare organisations. The content of the Guide has also been influenced by contributions from PAC’s very large client base.

Thousands of dogs’ lives have been saved, and tens of thousands more dogs now enjoy a quality of life and freedom that have been improved - beyond all recognition. At the same time, the use of PAC’s collars has resulted in an enormous reduction in heart ache and frustration for their owners and trainers. Furthermore and conversely, use of the collar has also prevented countless situations where dogs might otherwise have killed or painfully maimed other creatures, for example, sheep, deer and chickens.

Why use a remote training collar?

It is utterly pointless attempting to correct a dog some minutes, or even seconds after he has ‘committed an offence’, since he will hardly be able to associate the punishment with the crime. Any late reprimand will not be understood, making the dog believe that the trainer is cruelly dominant, and cause him to be reluctant in future to come back... just to be ‘punished’. Training then takes a giant leap -backwards! Furthermore, corporal punishment can easily result in damage to the dog, both psychologically and physically.

Not all dogs respond to standard "compulsive" or "reward" training methods, and until you encounter a difficult dog, it is hard to imagine the need for a RemoteTrainer. The use of such a tool, as a last resort, can be extremely effective in curing a comprehensive range of problems - quickly and usually pain-free.Correct use of the device will inevitably elevate the trainer to surrogate ‘pack-leader’ or ‘top dog’… Indeed, once the trainer has established his dominant position, there should be no need for him to be the least bit physical with his dog; and, before long, a calm but firm word (or whistle) command should suffice. Indeed, constantly ‘nagging’ a headstrong dog will be a thing of the past, making walks or training sessions much more pleasurable for both the dog and his trainer.

When should you NOT use a remote trainer?

If your dog has a medical condition,such as a heart problem, it is essential that you seek the advice from your veterinary specialist, before starting any training with the active collar.

If your dog is of a nervous disposition be sure to check the effect of the stimulation while the dog is on a secure line or in a safe area. Training should cease if there are any signs of trauma.

Do not use a remote trainer on yourdog less than six months of age for any reason. Never use it on a dog younger than about ten months old for obedience training, since he must first understand completely the command that you give, before you make any attempt to correct him using the stimulus. (See section on Tone Function)


For your first session, make sure that everything is ready to work…

  • Ensure that the batteries in the collar and transmitter have sufficient charge .
  • Check that the collar is turned on and tuned to match your handset .
  • Fit the collar and check that it is a snug fit .
  • Having determined the appropriate intensity level for your dog (see previous section), be ready to set it when required.
  • In the case of dogs endowed with a thick coat, it might be necessary using a hair trimmer to remove some of his “high insulation” fur from under the neck, to allow better probe contact (NB trim down to the undercoat – not to the skin!). His fur will grow back to normal in a short while. Alternatively, you might need to change over to the smaller radius probes (supplied with your kit) that should enable better contact with your dog’s neck.
  • Conductivity can be enhanced using an aqueous gel, similar to that used by physiotherapists.
  • In most cases it should now be time to let the dog off his lead…
  • But, if you are training him against other-animal-chasing (e.g. sheep), since you will have no clear idea how your dog will respond, you might like to attach a long flexi-line as an additional fail-safe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PAC Products prides itself on having the best installation and instruction manuals available for these types of products. If purchasing a PAC product store manuals carefully for future reference. Below are some of the more common questions asked, which we address here and in the printed manuals.

PAC DXT Series Trainers

· Collar not Responding to Handset

· check battery status on both

· check antenna on handset (remove and press trigger beside collar, collar should respond. If so antenna is damaged, order a new one from PAC. )

· Collar is working ok, then make sure you are not using the handset and collar in an area with many metal buildings or metal railings are present.

· Collar is not placed snugly enough on dog. One finger should separate probes from coat. Ensure long-haired breed probes are fitted for those breeds

· Collar needs to be reset. Touch handset contact area to collar contact area: wait for LED on collar to turn to orange. Then press trigger button, LED should flash green.

PAC F200A Electronic Fence

· Dog is responding to collar even away from fence area

· Ensure boundary loop is not laid parallel to metal pipes or wires, even those underground. If in doubt, use a metal detector to locate them before laying the fence.

· Dog is not responding to collar and ignores fence

· Collar batteries are depleted; recharge;

· Control unit is removed from mains: check

· Collar not fitted snugly enough: One finger should separate probes from coat. Ensure long-haired breed probes are fitted for those breeds.

· Collar needs to be reset outside of active zone. Use magnet on recharging leads to reset collar.

· Boundary Loop is buried too deeply: ensure it is not more than 10cm (4 in) below ground).

· Boundary Loop is connected to wrong connector on Control Unit. Ensure 500m+ loops are connected to the 500m+ connector, and the return section to the earth connector.

Collar is activating when I bring it near Control Unit
Ensure boundary loop is braided at least once per 3 cm for the last 60 cm before it enters the Control Unit. This cancels the signal and hence prevents the collar from activating.

· The boundary loop has been damaged in some way.
Check status on Control Unit and visually inspect boundary loop. If broken, use connectors to reconnect