electronic collar


: a collar that is placed on an animal (such as a wild animal or a hunting dog) and that transmits an electronic signal which can be used for tracking
Female bears that have been outfitted with an electronic collar as part of a study being done by Colorado Parks and Wildlife are starting to move …Dale Rodebaugh
: a collar used chiefly on a dog that typically delivers a mild shock or sometimes a vibration or sound upon receiving a signal from a remote transmitter and is used especially to train a dog to respond to commands, stop unwanted behaviors, or confine itself to a fixed perimeter
… the dog was wearing an electronic collar designed to keep it in the yard, police said.Ben Weathers
Trainers sometimes use electronic collars to control nuisance barking.David Butler

Examples of electronic collar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Training Collar Type As Nave-Powers explains, there are a few types of dog training collars, including shock collars, prongs, choke chains, slip collars, martingales, electronic collars, and pagers, like the Petrainer Dog Training Collar. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 Normal, who used to snap until Love strapped on the electronic collar. Shelley Puhak, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 Parmley exposes dogs to defanged rattlesnakes and uses a low-level electronic collar to shock them, which creates a negative association. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Currently, dogs are supposed to be on a leash or electronic collar on multiuse trails or paths, sidewalks, streets and in residential areas. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2021 As soon as the dog gets too close, an electrical stimulation is applied by an electronic collar. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, 11 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of electronic collar was in 1960

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“Electronic collar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic%20collar. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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