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Dogtra 280C Review: Is This Compact/Small E Collar Worth It?

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In this Dogtra 280C Review, we consider whether this compact and small Dogtra training Collar system is really worth it.

We do this by firstly outlining it’s best features and also it’s cons.

We then consider who the e collar may and may not be for based on these features, cons and what it what actually designed for.

Let’s check out the Dogtra 280C in more detail!

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

Dogtra 280C Review: Is This Compact/Small E Collar Worth It?

You can go straight to viewing the Dogtra 280C here if you like:

Dogtra 280C E Collar (on Amazon)

**You can purchase long contact points for the collar separately (only short contact points come with the system) – Dogtra Stainless Steel Contact Points (on Amazon) 

Dogtra 280C: Review

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  • A small/compact handheld remote and collar device dog training system
  • It is intended for basic obedience or field training where you need a reduced size receiver/collar
  • For dogs as small as 10lbs
  • The collar delivers Low-Medium stimulation – so it’s for soft to medium temperament dogs
  • Has 127 different level of static stimulation available to choose from on a dial
  • Has 1/2 mile range from handheld transmitter to collar receiver
  • Has nick and constant static stimulation options available
  • Also has a vibration training mode
  • Has an LCD screen so you can see the static level and battery level
  • Batteries are 2 hour rapid charge battteries
  • Collar and handheld are waterproof
  • Comes with a belt clip
  • Available in a 2 dog system – the 282C


  • Not for larger dogs
  • Doesn’t have a high power static output
  • Not for more advanced owners, trainers or professionals – there are better remote collars available
  • No tone/sound training option

View the Dogtra 280C E Collar on Amazon

Dogtra 280C: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Dogtra 280C Designed For?

It’s designed for basic obedience or field training where you need a reduced size receiver/collar for a smaller dog.

Who Might The Dogtra 280C Be For?

  • Those undertaking basic obedience or field training where you need a reduced size receiver/collar for a smaller dog.
  • Dogs as small as 10lbs 
  • Soft to medium temperament dogs
  • Those looking to train with static and vibration only
  • Those looking for a 1 dog training system

Who Might The Dogtra 280C NOT Be For?

  • Advanced trainers or professionals
  • Those with large and extra large dogs
  • Hard or stubborn temperament dogs that are harder to train and need high levels of static stimulation
  • Those looking for a tone/sound training option
  • Those looking to train with 2 or more dogs on the same handheld remote

What Do You Get In The Dogtra 280C Kit?

  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Battery Charger and Splitter Cable
  • Owner’s Manual

What Might Be The Best Way To Use An E Collar On A Dog?

For professional advice on using a shock or e collar, see a vet or a professional dog trainer, or animals expert.

But, in general, good e collars come with instruction manuals and guides that tell you how to safely and effectively use their product.

Look to buy from a reputable company that cares about the safety and well being of the dogs.

The best way to use an e collar might be as a temporary device for associating negative or undesirable behavior with a cue (such as a vibration or noise), or a stimulus (such as a nick/static stimulus).

They can be used to teach or retrain a certain behavior, and then put away. They may only be brought out again if your dog/s forget that behavior, or need retraining.

So, really, they could be used ideally as a temporary training and teaching tool (not permanent) for happy and healthy dogs. 

If you notice any negative side effects to your dog’s physical or mental health from using an e collar, discontinue use immediately.

The benefits of an e collar might be:

  • You don’t have to set the collar to shock if it has alternative options like tone or vibration
  • The lowest shock settings on good e collars will provide a small amount of discomfort, not pain
  • The feedback to your dog is instantaneous and not delayed
  • It works at range
  • It saves you shouting and getting frustrated
  • + many other benefits

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