In addition to producing training collars, Hot Spot also produces training mats that protect your furniture and stuff from a dog that isn’t yet house trained.
And apparently, affordability is something that Hot Spot takes seriously.
That said, the Hot Spot collar we are reviewing in this article is a training collar and you could check this article on training collars to find out about training collars.
But what are the peculiarities of this collar? And are there any features that one needs to be careful about? These are some of the questions that we will be attending to in this article. Just be sure to stick with us.
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Who Can Wear the Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar?
Because this is a training collar, it should only be worn by dogs in training.
This means that little puppies, pregnant and lactating dogs, invalid dogs and senior dogs do not need this collar. The reason these dogs are not trained is the same reason they do not need this collar.
Now aside these classes of dogs, the collar shouldn’t be a problem for whoever uses it.
Features Of The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar
1. LCD Remote
This LCD remote is what controls the entire collar. Thereby putting the responsibility for training your dog on you or whoever is holding the remote.
On the collar there is an LCD screen. It is on this screen that you see all your operations on the remote. It kinda works like your mobile phone. Whatever you press on the keypad reflects on the screen or monitor.
There are about four buttons on the remote. One of them is the mode button and so is used to switch among modes. There are four correction modes; light, beep, vibration and static shock.
It is up to you (or the trainer) to decide what mode is best for your dog. There are dogs that don’t need the shocks to behave.
So the best thing is to start at a not so intense mode and only switch to a more intense mode if the current mode doesn’t seem to work.
Now, coming down to the vibrations and shocks in particular, there are 100 levels of the stuff. On the side of the remote is where you’ll find the navigation buttons. So you can increase and decrease intensity levels according to your discretion.
We, however, advise that you start with the lower intensity levels. And we are pretty sure that no dog deserves the 100th level of intensity.
Now there are two lights you will see on the collar; the LED light and the LED indicator.
The LED light is a tiny white light and tells you that the collar is on and ready for use. The LED indicator, on the other hand, is a red light that reminds you to charge the remote.
2. The Transmitter
The transmitter doesn’t come attached to the collar so be prepared to fix it yourself. However, you need not worry because it shouldn’t give you issues.
Now on the transmitter there are two sets of prongs; one short set and one long set. So the transmitter receives the instruction from the remote and then sends the appropriate correction through those prongs.
The reason there are two sets of prongs is because all dogs cannot use the same length of prongs. And the reason is length of hair/fur.
Short prongs cannot penetrate long fur hence the need for long prongs. Now because Hot Spot doesn’t know what kind of dog you have, it decided to ship it with two pairs.
Both the remote and the transmitter are rechargeable. Thankfully, the Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar comes with its very own USB charger.
It is important to note here that this collar can be controlled from as far as 300 yards away. This gives you and your dog more training room.
3. Adjustable Strap
The strap is made of nylon; soft durable nylon. On the strap, there is a plastic buckle that is used for fastening the collar in place.
There is a metal D Ring for you to attach a leash to. And a plastic tri glide that you’ll use to adjust the collar for proper fitting.
All in all, the strap should be durable enough to last. And yes, it isn’t water sensitive.
4. Training Manual
You’ll definitely need this one. Especially if you are not used to handling an electronic collar. The manual contains the ‘how to’ of the Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar.
So don’t treat this training manual like you treat every printed thing that comes with packages. Your dog’s life probably depends on it.
Is The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar User Friendly?
Well, the training manual sure does make things a lot easier. If you follow it correctly, you won’t have any problems.
However, if you still have issues after going through the manual, you could ask a member of the community who is familiar with electronic collars. Or better still, seek professional help (your vet or professional trainer).
Pros Of The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar
1. The Training Manual
Yes, the training manual is a pro. As we earlier said, the manual makes things easier for all of us. Because trying to navigate through the whole thing, starting with the assembling, could be a real headache.
2. The Charger
But the charger (which is detachable) gives you more options. You can plug to any of your devices if you are on the go. Or you could plug to a socket if there is any.
And if we are still looking for pros, you could probably use this charger to charge your phone or something.
Cons Of The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar
We have a little problem with the box saying one thing and the training manual saying another. On the collar it says it is waterproof while on the training manual it says it isn’t.
The training manual has the correct information though, just so you know.
Alternative Options To The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar
No Shock Option — Wolfwill No Shock Dog Collar
If you are one of those parents that can’t bear the thought of shock as a mode of correction, you could try the Wolfwill No Shock Dog Collar.
It only employs correction modes like vibrations and sounds. Hopefully, this is all your dog needs to get himself in shape behaviorally.
Longer Distance Option — The Best Industries Remote controlled Dog Training Collar
If you think 300 yards is not impressive enough as regards the distance that a collar can cover, you could try this collar. It covers a whopping 533 yards. That is even more space for you and your dog to train.
Also, the strap of the thing is made of leather while the buckle used is a metal one.
The Best Industries Remote controlled Dog Training Collar
|TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)
|Light, beep, vibration and shock
|Light, tone and vibration
|Light, beep, vibration and shock
|Correction Intensity Levels
|2 years with lifetime technical support
What Others Think About The Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar
Well, the Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar has a good enough following. It does what it ought to do, so no reason to hate on it. And the training manual sure helps to clear up any grey areas. Really!
What we think
Aside the little mix up of information between the box and the training manual, we’ll say that the Hot Spot LCD Shock Control Dog Collar is a good enough collar.