Electrical

Dog shock collars have been around for a while, but for some reason they haven't really been used in BDSM play much. After research I picked up this Dogtra IQ-Plus model and totally wish I got one sooner; being able to control a sub with a mere push of a button is quite an enjoyable act.

Semi recently I've seen some shock collars for sale on BDSM stores, but info on them for human use is very minimal on search engines and shock collars are even rare in BDSM porn. Being a gear guy I've come across smaller TENS type units with remote controls, but usually they are pretty pricey and require a lot of wire routing. I like the idea of shock collars since they are fairly self contained, can be secured on, and generally are affordable as far as electrical play goes.

Once I decided I wanted one, selection wise it seemed to be a good idea to get a modern one and that the better ones are made for hunting dogs for the most part. This way you get great range and waterproofing features. Being tired of remote vibrators with crappy range, these collars measure working distance in the 100s of yards, the IQ-Plus being rated for 400 yards. On these upper quality collars it is also common to be able to control 2 collars from one remote, just in case you are cool enough to have 2 sluts at once.

After looking at all the factors such as power, features, and size, the IQ-Plus seemed to be a good fit being on the smaller end, while still had all the good features such as both the collar and remote being rechargeable. I also like how the remote was fairly small so able to go in a pocket. No matter the collar chosen I did preplan that the default contact points were going to be too long since made for dogs with fur. Thus after finding out the screw size, I was able to get an idea of hardware I could try on top. One can make-do with the default contact points, but they just stick out too far so are not going to be comfortable for long term use. Once in hand I was able to confirm that when the default contact points are taken off, #6 - 32 screws are exposed sticking out of the collar unit. The shortest replacements I was able to come up with without actually cutting anything up were 2 Cap Nuts #6-32 size and 2 flat washers in #6 size. Both just purchased at Home Depot. This actually worked out great since the contact point spacing leaves some room for the roundness of a neck, but you want the contact points to protrude some to guarantee contact. If they were totally flat the collar would have to be on really tight to get good contact.

    

Moving on to the actual fun, instead of an on/off switch one touches the red dot on the remote to the red dot on the collar unit to toggle it on and off. Although a little weird at first it does mean one less button on each to minimize bulk. I tested the collar on myself to make sure nothing crazy would happen to others. Starting with the back of the neck I was pleased with the static sting and moved to the side yet found that there the neck muscles get activated more like a TENS unit so the forced flex is more noticeable than the static shock. I then tried the front of the neck throat area and was surprised it was closer to the feeling on the back. I was worried it may cause some odd throat muscle effects, but it never did. Knowing what is possible is a good starting point, but I prefer the back of the neck placement to keep the boxy collar unit generally out of the way. Although the collar is a shiny vinyl which clashes with my main leather fetish, it is durable and I was able to adjust the placement so the leash connection point ends up in the front of the neck. The collar comes pretty crazy long so count on having to cut it down to size, but just in case you wanted to put it on somewhere like a thigh, you will have enough collar to do so.

    

The Remote is fairly intuitive having a wheel for the shock power setting, the main Nick, Constant, and Page buttons, and a smaller toggle switch for collar 1 or collar 2 if using multiple collars. Nick delivers a single quick shock where it doesn't matter how long you hold it. Constant on the other hand will keep shocking as long as you hold it. The feeling is like very rapid Nicks which can be quite intense compared to just the single Nick so consider this along with the power setting. For example someone may be able to handle plenty of 100 power Nicks, but then 60 on Constant (even in short bursts) will feel like more to them. Finally there is the Page function which vibrates the collar unit. It is fairly subtle, but the wearer will be able to feel it. It is nice that since subtle it doesn't make much noise to open up some fun public play options. The Page feature is great to give warnings or commands without having to shock the wearer, an excellent addition for behavior modification. 

  

Since made for dogs the collars don't exactly come with locking buckles, but I was able to make a Master Lock 121 series work on the buckle and looks great. Always a nice touch to make it so sassy subs can't take off the collar and the remote is needed to turn on/off. Usage wise I loved how I could be such a lazy Dom and get Kate to do pretty much whatever I wanted. Sometimes manual corrections aren't worth the hassle, but the ease of pressing a button can make shock collar corrections well timed and consistent. As with any electrical play you want to start low on the power and see the results to then slowly ramp up. Once into heavy play though she totally could take the power at 100, so a little more power could be handy. None the less probably a good stopping point for her anyway.

Not able to leave good enough alone with with my Cap Nut modifications, I also purchased what are referred to as Small Dog Comfort Adapters when it comes to contact points, and the SCG system (Surface Conductor Grid). Perhaps not really needed, but I wanted to make sure and cover all options. Normally the Comfort Adapters make it so there are 4 contact points in the middle. This doesn't help neck placement on a human much so I disassembled the pieces to make my own version creating 2 separate wide parts instead of all connected in the middle. Hoping it would wrap around the neck better or change the shock, Kate says it seems to feel about the same as the simple Cap Nut setup. The SCG system on the other hand she says it makes things noticeably more stingy and hates that thing. Although apparently not a good match for her, the SCG may be a good way to add perceived power to a collar unit for others. I wish the placement wasn't right in the middle, but human comfort is still overall decent on the SCG. The SCG works as advertised, but a bit expensive for what it is. It at least comes with the most common adapters and screw parts for collars that have screw holes or screw extensions as contact point connections (sizes 6-32 and 4-40).

Although very happy with how the  Dogtra IQ-Plus turned out, for a similar size and price class I'd eventually also like to try out the 2015 Garmin Delta XC Ecollar. Collaborating the data and ideas with Fancy Steel / Leather they are also excited about the fun to be had with shock collars and are already experimenting with leather collar mounts and chastity belt integration.  I can't wait to see how those turn out to update you all further!

Example of Small Dog Comfort Adapter

http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Adapter-Dogtra-remote-collars/dp/B004HDZP9M/

Extra Pictures of 24-Hour Extended Wear SCG Surface Conductor Grid

http://www.gundogsupply.com/do24copad.html

 

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