Effective, adjustable stimulation and vibration
Hard to adjust collar
Remote “goes to sleep” frequently
No split charger
We purchased the Mockins Electric Remote Dog Training Collar so our reviewer could test it with her dog. Keep reading for our full product review.
Products like the Mockins Remote Dog Training Collar can be a valuable training tool for dog owners, especially if you’re working on off-leash obedience. However, many e-collars are quite expensive, which is why the Mockins model is so appealing—it retails for a mere $20!
The saying “You get what you pay for,” comes to mind when I see a product like this, so I wanted to find out whether this budget-friendly training collar could compare to more expensive models. To test it, I used the Mockins Remote Dog Training Collar in several training sessions with my young golden retriever Addy. We’ve been working on off-leash recall, and training collars have proven to be an effective way to strengthen her commands. Here’s what our experience was like with this particular model.
Design: Cheap, but easy to use
Immediately upon opening the box, I could tell the Mockins Remote Dog Training Collar isn’t the best quality. The receiver isn’t too bad, but the remote control is made of cheap plastic and feels like it would crack if you dropped it.
Plus, unlike other collars that are made from heavy-duty plastic with metal buckles, this collar is woven nylon, and you have to attach the receiver to it yourself. The collar adjusts from 2 to 22 inches, but I actually found it to be quite challenging to size properly, as the adjustment buckle slides around easily. I would get it to the proper tightness, and by the end of our sessions, it would be sagging off Addy’s neck—this basically defeats the purpose of the e-collar, as the contact points have to be touching her skin.
Beyond the cheap materials, the actual function of the collar is straightforward, which I definitely appreciated. The buttons on the remote are clearly labeled, so you don’t have to refer back to the directions every time you use it. This was a welcome change from some of the (unnecessarily) complex training collars that have arguably too many functions. Further, you can use the remote with two collars at the same time if you have multiple dogs.
Battery Life: Not bad
Another example of this product’s cheap design is that it doesn’t come with a split charger. This means you have to charge the collar and the remote separately. Each one took about two hours to charge, meaning it took four hours total—it would have been much more efficient to charge them both at once as you can do with other models.
Both the remote and collar go into standby mode if they’re not used for two minutes.
The battery life itself didn’t seem too bad. The company doesn’t give an exact battery life anywhere, but we used the collar for several short training sessions without needing to recharge it. However, there’s no indication that the battery is getting low, so it could very well die in the middle of use.
One of the reasons the battery lasts a long time is because both the remote and collar go into standby mode if they’re not used for two minutes. The collar wakes up automatically, but you have to turn the remote back on every time, which proved to be quite frustrating. Multiple times I pressed the stimulation button, only to realize the remote was asleep! This detracted from our training, as I often missed the ideal moment for correction because I had to stop and turn the remote back on.
Range: Quite short
Of all the training collars I tested, the Mockins model had the shortest range. The collar works up to 950 feet from the remote—in comparison, other models have a range of 2,500 feet or more. This really wasn’t a problem for our purposes, as Addy never strays more than 100 feet from me, but it might pose a setback if you’re training a hunting or field dog.
Effectiveness: Works on low levels
In my opinion, coming when called is one of the most important skills to teach a dog, so I’ve been really diligent about perfecting Addy’s recall. Even if you don’t plan to let your dog roam off-leash, it’s still essential that they come quickly if, for instance, they ever get out of the yard.
Right now, Addy’s recall is about 85 percent of the way there, but there are still times when she gets sidetracked and ignores my commands. To help break this habit, we’ve been working with training if she doesn’t respond right away, I provide stimulation until she starts moving in my direction.
The Mockins collar includes both tone and vibration settings, and sometimes Addy would respond to the vibration, especially if it was on a stronger level. However, she definitely responded best to the stimulation, which I set to level 6 (out of 100). I used the tone—which beeps several times—as a warning that the stimulation was coming next, and hopefully, I’ll eventually just be able to use the tone to get her back on track.
The collar adjusts from 2 to 22 inches, but I actually found it to be quite challenging to size properly, as the adjustment buckle slides around easily.
By the end of our initial session with this collar, she was coming more reliably when called, even if she was in the middle of doing something—watching a person walk by, sniffing a good smell, etc. So while the collar might not be high-quality, it’s still quite effective.
One big issue I had with this collar is that it’s not waterproof. The guide says it’s “rainproof” but shouldn’t be submerged in water. As your typical golden retriever, Addy is quick to go swimming in any water we encounter, so this wouldn’t work for us out in the real world. However, it’s worth noting that the brand offers another model that is 100 percent waterproof.
Humane: Use with care
I never want to hurt my dog in any way, so I tested the collar out on my own skin using level 1, and it felt like an extremely light static tickle. I could barely feel it! I then dialed it up to level 3, and I was surprised at how much stronger the stimulation was—still not painful but definitely more noticeable.
Given how dramatically the sensation increased at these low levels, I’d recommend using caution when increasing the intensity. Addy responded immediately at level 6, so I imagine anything more than 20 or so might be painful for a dog. Personally, I think it’s extreme to have 100 levels.
Price: The main selling point
The main appeal of the Mockins Remote Dog Training Collar is its low price. While the MSRP for a two-pack is $41.99 ($25 on sale!), one of these e-collars costs just $20 on other retailers. In my opinion, this is a fair price for the product. It doesn’t have great range, and the materials aren’t the best. However, it will get the job done, making it a decent entry-level option.
Competition: More durable, quality models are out there
SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X: If you’re willing to spend more on a high-quality training collar, this model from SportDOG is completely waterproof and has a much longer range. It’s well-made and has an impressive battery life as well.
Mini Educator ET-300: The Mini Educator ET-300 has a bit of a learning curve in terms of the complicated controls, but it works very well and has the longest range of 1/2 mile. However, it costs close to $200.
Wolfwill No-Shock Dog Training Collar: If you don’t like the idea of shocking your dog, the Wolfwill Training Collar uses vibration and tone only to provide a correction. It’s not too expensive, but I found that it wasn’t as effective in Addy’s training.
- Product Name Rainproof and Rechargeable Electronic Remote Training Dog Collar
- Product Brand Mockins
- MPN MPDTC30
- Price $19.99
- Weight 2.39 oz.
- Product Dimensions 7.6 x 6 x 1.8 in.
- Warranty Lifetime guarantee
- What's Included Controller, receiver, adjustable collar, 2 short contact probes and covers, 2 long contact probes and covers, wall power adapter, collar charging cable, test probe, user manual