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10 of The Best Shock Collars for Great Danes in 2023

Great Danes are hunting dogs. A little research would tell you that they were bred in the 1800s in Europe to get rid of wild boars.

They are huge and so their hunters needed to be too. On average a Great Dane reaches 90 cm to 95 cm with weight spanning over 120lbs to 170lbs.

As a dog trainer, I should appeal to your common sense now. Training such a huge dog requires more on your part than love.

That’s why I prefer the following best shock collars for Great Danes that will work wonders this year. 

The List of 10 Best Shock Collars for Great Danes 

Let’s discuss each of them in detail.

1. Educator – Best Shock Collar for Great Danes

Educator E-Collar has been my number 1 recommendation for Great Danes. First off, the collar has extra room to be used for huge breeds. Even the Great Pyrenees could wear it without being too snuggle. 

To train the Great Dane, you may have to rely on a 1-dog system. For small breeds like Chihuahuas, beagles, and Dachshunds, a multiple-system collar could work but I’m different when it comes to training the breed you own, Great Danes.

I want you to give it all the attention it needs, whether it’s love or life necessities, or training. 

The transmitter is the second thing that has made me recommend this to you. It is shaped in a stop-watch style, which makes it super easy to hold.

The buttons could be remembered easily, thanks to their positions. There’s a stimulation dial that lets you change the levels from 1 to 100. 

You wouldn’t need level 100, trust me. The Great Danes are easy to train as I mentioned earlier. 

But more than this dial, the stimulation boost button comes in handy so often. I’ve had people complain to me about their dog’s incessant prey drive. They chase horses around like they are boars.

There’s also a lot of talk about food aggression and the most exhausting is when they pull on their leash more often than not. 

The stimulation boost passes the general reminder of your command relayed by the momentary boost.

It’s like asserting that you’re the boss and the dog needs to stop what it’s doing. To stop doing this accidentally, the remote has a Mode Button to disable it.

Besides shock, there are tone and tapping corrections. The tapping is more than just vibration.

That’s why I recommend using this more often than the shock if your dog isn’t the stubborn kind. 

Lastly, in the Biothane collar, there’s an LED for night patrols. This is a 1-dog system with only one charger for charging the transmitter and the receiver simultaneously. 

  • Easy-to-use the transmitter
  • Waterproof
  • Great battery life of about 3 to 4 days
  • Bigger sized collar for bigger dogs
  • Easily memorizable buttons
  • There’s no information to show if the charge is full
  • The position of the LED lights could have been better

2. SportDOG 425X E-Collar for Great Danes

If the transmitter of the previous collar seems too huge for you, the SportDOG has a smaller one. There are a few buttons and a nob that triples as an intensity level changer, vibration stimulator, and beeper. 

But that’s where the slight problem is. I have had many people complain about the difficulty of programming it. Looking closely, though, the instructions in the manual are a tad bit complex.

Nevertheless, when read carefully and understood well, you could easily program the remote. 

That will help you change the functions of the buttons for your convenience. Not just for that, I suggest you should read the manual for operating the whole thing.  

I like the size of this thing because it can be easily hidden in the hand from prying eyes. Great Danes are intelligent so they may figure out that you’re the cause of all the zaps it’s receiving. 

The collar is made of nylon. I prefer Biothane but the only thing that leads me to recommend a nylon collar is the freedom to change it for a bigger one. While it fits snuggly on a 22″ neck, you could change it if your dog has the neck of Hulk. 

Using the collar in the specified range of 500 yards has not returned any problems thus far. The response has been consistent But anything above that makes the transmission patchy.

You may see a clear gap in the transmission and reception of the correction you’re trying to do.

Although there are 21 levels of shock, the tone and vibration should work alone. Just be sure to take things slowly at first. When the dog doesn’t understand these two corrections, zapping should be the last option. 

Overall, the collar has made many people happy to whom I have recommended it. A guy’s Jack Russel didn’t take anything from his previous collars but this one did the charm.

However, the charging cable could be improved as the connections are loose. You may wait for 2 hours and find that the charging has been disconnected. 

  • Easy to put on and use
  • Programmable
  • The nylon strap makes it easy to use with large necks
  • Remote discourages accidental triggers
  • No battery level indicator
  • Vibration and stimulation work on the same nob positions; could be confusing

3. Dogtra IQ Plus Shock Collar for Great Danes

The two collars above are suitable for adult Great Danes. This one, however, has been reserved for the pups. It’s small, compact, and easy to use for dogs up to 10lbs. 

Training your dog with a shock collar is right when it’s a pup. It’s usually my best time of the year when someone approaches me to train a dog in its innocent years.

Yes, they can still be a nuisance but with collars like these, you stand a good chance of correcting their behaviors. 

That is, the collar has 100 stimulation levels, which should tell you that Dogtra means business with it.

However, I haven’t trained any pup past level 3. Come on, they are small and the moment they sense a vibration in their neck out of nowhere, they yelp and come running to you. 

Just like the transmitter of SportDog E-Collar, this one also has a compact and easy-to-remember transmitter. You could nick the pup or apply a constant zap if it doesn’t budge. 

The pager button at the end makes it perfect for differently-abled dogs. Whether yours is deaf or blind, the pager could come in handy in calling it from afar.

This allows you to give supervised freedom to the dog inside a fence. Those little paws could stretch a bit from running here and there without a major threat to the dog’s life. 

Speaking of supervision, if this is your first collar, then I highly recommend that you use it under the supervision of an expert trainer. 

Since dog training could go on for a while, when I’m hired to train a dog, I also make sure that I train the owners as well.

Not to fetch things they are people, but to show them how they could use the collar in the future. 

So, with one-handed operation, an ultra-compact receiver, and the promise of robustness, the collar is my number 1 recommendation for Great Danes or any other breed of pups. 

  • Extremely well-built transmitter and receiver
  • The remote control fits snuggly in the palm
  • Nick and Constant buttons provide extra corrections
  • Quick response time (½ seconds)
  • Shutting it down is a bit complex

4. Flittor Dog Training Collar for Great Danes

The Flittor is made for big dogs like Great Danes, GSDs and Boxers. A 24.8 inches strap is more than enough for that matter.

You could even reduce the size by cutting off an extra chunk if you’re going to use it for smaller dogs. 

I have issues with this collar, though. It is so efficient that it may take my job training dogs one day. It’s a one-time buy and you’re done for years. You may not need to spend money on hiring a trainer for $300 or more. 

However, before you use it, do give read the manual. The rest I’ll take care of here. 

So, this one comes with two receivers rather than one, which is a welcoming gesture for those who have two ruthless dogs to train.

While there are no LED lights on the collar, it sure means business. You get three different-sized contact points. That covers your dog with small or long hair altogether. 

There’s nothing much to the collar. The remote, however, takes the spotlight here. 

This is by far one of the most intelligently designed and programmed remotes. It has a lock button, finally, which discourages unnecessary zapping on your part.

However, its ability to let you control the intensity of both vibrations and shocks is commendable. 

If you’re training two dogs, you could easily set different modes for each. For example, A for one, and B for the second. The AB together allows the third slot for a third dog. 

I do want to mention here that the intensity levels of the shock remain the same for all of the dogs. You cannot control that.

So, whenever you’re zapping the dogs, make sure that both are okay with the level you’ve chosen. 

Some of the people I recommended this to said that their chosen levels were too much for the small dog but okay for the large one or an aggressive dog.

Besides, you could easily switch between the dogs and the backlight screen helps at night. 

  • Requires once a week charge
  • Intelligent and sturdy remote
  • Doesn’t hurt the dog
  • The vibration is strong enough
  • The same level of shock for the two dogs
  • Charges one collar at a time

5. Bousnic – Budget Shock Collar for Great Danes

The Bousnic collar is a budget relief for those who want to train their Great Danes but don’t wanna invest heftily in buying one.

I understand that training is a process. It has to go for quite some time to be effective. 

However, at the same time, some dog owners do not wish to continue it for long. That is where this collar comes in. 

It brings 16 levels of shocks and 8 levels of vibrations in a big receiver. The size of it ensures that the corrections are relayed without a chance of being missed. 

Talking of that, the collar’s nylon strap is 26 inches. It will easily encompass a Great Dane’s wide neck.

An 80lbs dog will wear it without problems. For 150lbs onward, you may have to expand it and that’s quite easy. 

The cherry on top here is that you get two collars operable with one remote.

Normally, many of my clients have more than one dog to train as they usually raise two pups of the same breed. This dual-collar system has made many of them happy. 

I also encourage them to buy this because of the ergonomic yet bulky remote control.

The buttons have raised indications for blind usage but the main highlight is its humongous battery that lasts for 20 days. 

You could even recharge the receiver and the transmitter with the same USB cable attached to a laptop.

That’s the convenience most of my clients look for and so do I. What I also look for is a completely charged remote and collar before usage. 

Once this device is fully charged, only the vibration and the beep may be enough for your dog as it has been for multiple Great Danes that I’ve trained them with.

The beep is louder than most collars. So, whenever your dog is passing the thresholds of play and barking, you may not even need to zap it. 

  • Comes with two collars
  • Easily switchable channels
  • Ergonomic responsive remote
  • Longer battery
  • Louder beep
  • Not Durable

6. Dogtra 1900S Ergonomic Remote Dog Training Collar

If there’s one ergonomic collar for dogs, it is Dogtra’s 1900S. I think the manufacturer has done some thoughtful thinking before making this.

The receiver fits ergonomically to the dog’s neck, thus discouraging any kind of discomfort that your companion may experience. 

It offers 127 levels of stimulation, which to be honest is a bit too many. You wouldn’t need to go all the way to 127 in hopes of correcting the dog.

In my line of work, I have only gone up to 16 with a stubborn husky and that’s it. Most of the training has been concluded by level 3 at most. 

In situations like those where I didn’t use higher levels of stimulation, constant correction came in handy. This product has that.

There’s a dedicated button for nick and continuous stimulation. The most stubborn dogs, apart from that husky, have responded to the latter without problems. 

The 1900S also has a pager. I prefer pagers as the first line of call to any of the correction modes the remotes offer.

We’ve used pagers for ages and they work when the trainer associates it well with a behavior. So, if you’re successful in doing so, the product will stand out better for you. 

I could go on about a lot of good things this collar offers. But one thing that stands out is its hands-free controller.

It’s a tiny button that you can tie to your wrist or hand. It discourages your dog from becoming collar-wise because it may see the remote but not this guy. 

It acts as a pair of second eyes for the dog. You can connect multiple buttons with the same collar.

So, when you’re not aware of the dog’s behavior, one of your family members could correct it by pressing the button. 

But I do have to mention that the learning curve to program the buttons is steep. It may take some time for you to learn it but once you’ve done that, you’ll see how handy it is. 

  • The handsfree controller allows hidden corrections
  • Handsfree controller plus remote plus receiver increases the range
  • Multiple clickers
  • The dog is more focused with this collar
  • You’re allowed to do more activities than when using the remote
  • Recommended for stubborn dogs
  • The battery on the receiver loses charge faster

7. Garmin Delta Sport XC – Best Bark Collar for Great Danes

This one is yet another stylish and well-built collar for those who want to use it for a long time. 

First off, the remote fits perfectly in your hand. Operating it is a breeze. Whenever I used it to train bigger breeds, they wouldn’t see the remote in my hands at all.

Just as in the 1900S, you could easily use it blindly. I only wish it had the hands-free button. 

What it lacks in that feature, makes up for in the non-slip rubberized construction of the remote. I didn’t have a single instance in which I dropped it while using it blindly. 

The 36 levels of stimulation are more than enough.

I cannot repeat the same thing here. You may not even need that many. But what I would love for you to focus on is its auto 5 levels of corrections. 

If you’re like the past me who had a hard time coding correction and all that, then you may love this feature.

You don’t have to use your brain at all. Select your favorite or desired correction in the remote and you’re done. 

Worrying about the charge isn’t a problem with this one too as it lasts for about 80 hours. I wish I could say the same about the collar. It only lasts a day or two at most.

Therefore, make sure that you have fully charged the collar before using it. 

Most of my clients would ignore that and then complain about the inconsistency of stimulation. That’s inevitable. 

One of the highlights of the remote is the BarkLimiter.

Dogs who have separation anxieties could benefit from it and you could finally find your peace. Do know that it may not work in some cases such as a low battery of the collar. 

Talking about the battery, there are no indications of the battery life of the collar on the remote.

You’ll have to see that on the collar itself. Also, when the BarkLimiter is turned on, the LED blinks red. That may confuse low battery levels with the feature.

Therefore, always turn it off to check the real battery levels. 

  • Barklimiter
  • Simple to use
  • Sturdy remote
  • Longer strap
  • Collar battery life is shorter
  • You may have to shave off some hair from the dog’s neck for the contact points to work

8. PATPET Dog Training Collar 

It’s the rainy style for the last three products. The PATPET dog collar speaks volumes about the high-end sense of fashion.

I’m not a very fashionable guy but even then, the collar has attracted me. 

So, if you’re keen on showing off in the public park, what better choice could you have than this one?

The remote control is small. So, if you’re showing off, the people don’t have to see the remote. It’s better for the dog even.

It will start associating the treats and commands with the shock or vibration rather than the remote. 

Whenever someone asks for my recommendation of a collar that leaves space for additional training corrections such as treats, I name this collar. 

At night, you could take advantage of the LED screen to choose from one of the 16 levels.

However, you may have to press the tone button to activate the light. That’s a slight bummer that I noticed when using it. 

But thankfully, the remote has a battery indicator for the collar. Also, there are no levels of sound or vibration.

So, you only have a choice in choosing the static levels. 

All in all, too few options make it simple to use. No matter how non-techy you are, you won’t have a problem learning how to use the remote. 

About the collar, the material is plastic. It has a strong build. Your Great Dane won’t be able to get rid of it that easily.

However, it is difficult to put on. Like nylon, plastic isn’t flexible. 

Once you’ve put it on the dog, you may not have to take it off now and then to charge it.

However, I do recommend that you don’t use the collar 24/7 on the dog. That may lead to complications. 

The dual-mode system allows you to correct two dogs at a time.

If one dog is more receptive than the other, then training the stubborn one alone shouldn’t be a problem.

Just take the collar off the good dog and leave it on the bitter one until he is corrected. 

On the stubborn dog, though, you may want to check if the shock is working. Sometimes you may have to reposition the collar to correct a behavior.

  • One charger for the receiver and transmitter
  • Built to last
  • Blind operation
  • Easy to operate
  • Easy to switch to your desired collar
  • Finding replacement straps could be harder for bigger dogs

9. Pet Resolve Training Collar

We all want products that give us more than we ask for. This Pet Resolve Collar is just that product.

It comes with multiple contact points, a dual-mode USB charger with an adapter, and many things you’ll find intriguing. Some of them are not as useful though. 

It is as if the manufacturer went all out to catch customers’ attention. A good thing indeed – only if they were serious about the functions of some accessories. 

I have to give it to their seriousness about making the remote super easy to use. No extra buttons or one button does all the features.

Each function has a dedicated button that’s easily memorizable but not necessarily suitable for blind usage. 

I do have to tell you it is very sensitive. So, whenever you’re out, make sure the remote stays in your hand and not your pockets.

This will save your dog from the extra stress of accidental shocks. Poor thing would think he didn’t do anything and still, that uncomfortable sensation came. 

You could remove that uncomfortable sensation we all call shock.

The plastic prongs given do not allow electrocution even if you press the shock button. I love this feature. It is for the ones with a delicate heart but also for the dogs that are easily malleable to the will of their owners. 

As for the non-malleable ones, I recommend using the continuous shock mode that so easily works on telling them who’s the boss.

You could do that to three dogs at a time. This is where the collar takes an edge on the expensive one-collar systems out there. 

In other commendable features, I’ll allow room for the LEDs on the collar to be used during the night, a healthy and responsive customer support system that listens to your whining all day long and happily returns the product if you don’t like it, and its price. 

This is surely one of the cheapest alternatives to Dogtra and SportDog with an equally impressive range suitable for hunting, backyard play, and more. 

  • Comes with a lot of accessories
  • Cheaper and full of premium features
  • LEDs on the collar
  • Multiple contact points
  • Shock remover
  • Exceptional customer support
  • The charging adapter is of poor quality

10. Lu&Ba – Shock Collar for Great Danes Puppy

The list’s final entry is of a collar well-suited for pups under training.

That does not mean in any sense that you cannot use it for adults. Though I have found that the collar may not work as consistently for them as for the pups. 

With a single use, you may see their digging, kitty chasing, or unnecessary barking stop for your peace of mind.

The beep is louder than most of the collars. I recommend that you start that with a pup 5 months or older than going for the shock as the first line of correction. 

Starting with the remote, I love two of its most important features. One, it has a keypad lock to discourage accidental shocks or corrections.

Puppies of any breed are blank slates that need learned hands to write on. Therefore, you cannot afford a wrong correction on any occasion.

Speaking of which, the remote has separate LEDs for separate functions to take the correct application even a step further.

At night when you’re out to deliver the dog to its usual business of pooping, the different LEDs may help you in choosing the right function should the dog try to behave differently. 

You won’t even have to worry about losing the remote in darkness as the rubberized non-slip material seems to do that. 

Indoors, in case you choose to let the dog roam around in its safety net, the remote could allow you to transmit your will even through the walls. But try not to immerse it in the water as it’s not water-resistant at all. 

  • Built to last longer
  • Beep and vibration are better than competitors
  • The battery indicator is on the remote
  • Separate LEDs and keypad lock discourages accidental shocks
  • The remote is still big

Why Use Shock Collars on Great Danes?

There are many other alternative methods to collar training but training your pup with a shock collar is nowadays very time-saving and convenient.

Now you can say no to These dogs need to be trained well before you could trust them all alone in your house.

Despite their sizes, they are affectionate, amicable, and brilliant family dogs. 

1. Great Danes Love You To The Point of Separation Anxiety

With such a personality, separation anxiety comes naturally. You may have seen your Hulk dog follow you everywhere around your house.

You may have also seen a broken table, scratched sofas, or shards of your favorite vase laying around when you returned from your work. 

2. They Follow Their Noses 

Separation anxiety aside. The dogs were built for hunting, for the love of God.

So, they are naturally inclined to follow their nose at all costs. 

3. Reduce Training Time 

Training them is not hard at all.

However, the shock collar will reduce the time the dog takes to learn all the nifty details of how to behave around the house or your garden. 

Also, it will contain their hunting inclinations, constant barking when separated, and much more.

Why is my Great Dane not phased by a shock collar? Guide

As you read, Great Danes are dogs of considerable bearing. Their size makes them immune to weak stimulations from a collar. But that’s not the only reason why your dog isn’t phased by the collar. You could have tied it all wrong or the prongs may not be working in the first place. Here’s how to make sure that your product works.

1. Check the prongs

The first thing to do is to use the tester that comes with your collar to see if the stimulations are going through. Connect it with the prongs or contact points and hit the static shock button on the remote. When the lights blind or shine constantly, that’s when you know that the prongs or contact points are working.

2. Put the collar on the dog the right way

The next thing is to make sure that you are using the collar on the dog in the right way. Follow the two-finger rule to see whether the fit is snug. Insert your fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. You should be able to fit them through with a little difficulty. If not, then you need to tighten the collar a little.

3. Buy a collar with strong stimulations

The products that I’ve listed above have worked for me and the owners of this great dog to whom I recommended them. Buy any of them, and you’ll see that the dog will respond to their beep, tone, or static shock.


Now let’s take a look at some related FAQs that will clear your doubts related to Great Danes collars.

What is the best collar for a Great Dane? 

The best collar for a Great Dane depends on your dog, to be honest. I recommend Educator E-Collar as an all-rounder. But then, there’s Garmin Delta Sport XC for its anti-bark mode. 

Do shock collars work on Great Danes?

Yes, they do work on Great Danes. As a trainer, however, I recommend that you learn how to use a collar well enough before putting it on your baby.

I also recommend that you combine other forms of training with the collar to get a well-behaved dog that won’t forget the corrections easily.

What size collar does a Great Dane need?

A 20″ to 26″ collar would do well for a Great Dane. The collars in my list have straps of this order. However, if you think you’ll need more length, buy a nylon collar. Their straps are easily replaceable.

Is it safe to use a shock collar on a Great Dane?

Yes, it is safe but only if you don’t do it excessively. That could lead to psychological disorders. When I trained my dogs, I’d let them put it on when they were allowed to enjoy their freedom running in the backyard or outdoors. 

Will A Shock Collar Help With Aggression?

A shock collar helps with dog aggression, people aggression, biting, kitty chasing, counter surfing, or any other sort of misbehavior. Before correcting these behaviors, know what you’re doing, though.

Conclusion – Wrapping Up

Training a 170lbs Great Dane requires more than the usual correction modules. It requires a shock collar well suited for the humongous breed. The collars I’ve listed above possess features that serve you well in that regard. 

However, do know that while training such a breed is crucial if you want to see your sofas and vases in one piece after you return home, excessive use could lead to other problems. Do combine treats and calls with the collars and you will thank this trainer for the rest of your life. 

About the author

Linda Michaels

Linda Michaels is a proud owner of a Labradoodle named Mylo. She is a trainer who posts about dog training and behavior.
🎓: University of California, Davis
📍: Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital