OK, so this might sound highly masochistic but that's not for my personal enjoyment.

As a dog trainer I strongly advocate against the use of shock/electric/remote collar and I arrived at the idea that a video showing such a collar on a human would make a strong point. Indeed many people using these are saying that it is not that bad for the dog, which I really don't believe to be true.

So are there actual risk (electrocution, burns, etc.) on demonstrating that on myself?

I certainly wouldn't start on my neck, maybe on my leg?

  • I'll assume the collar has a DC voltage of X volts. If the voltage is high enough a detectable current will run through your leg. This current may be higher in you than in a dog, depending on how dog skin/fur contribute to resistance. So the comparison may be flawed, you also need to account for different pain thresholds between species.
    – jiggunjer
    May 31 '15 at 7:38
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    You can see hundreds of people trying this on youtube. I'm slightly embarrassed that I know this...
    – TTT
    Jun 2 '15 at 1:48
  • @TTT I'm embarrassed I didn't have a look at YT first...
    – Cedric H.
    Jun 2 '15 at 4:53

For a one off experiment, a search of YouTube suggests that while uncomfortable, testing a dog shock collar on yourself is not particularly risky. That said, if you wish to avoid the discomfort, existing videos might get the point across.

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