Training Collar Guide: Pick the training collar that best suits your pet

Dog Collars – What You Need to Know When Buying a Dog Collar

Stephen Greenberg asked:

Purchasing a collar for your canine companion requires some forethought as to its use, since there are many types of collars designed for specific purposes. Will the collar be worn to be simply attached to a leash so that the animal cannot run into traffic or run out of the owner’s sight, or does your dog require obedience training or a behavioral correction? Additionally, many owners find pleasure in “dressing up” their pets with decorative collars adorned with luxurious mink fur or semi-precious stones. Particularly, let us look at some types of correctional or so-called behavior correction collars, since they are of more specific use, and so that you may be able to more easily choose the item that best suits your particular needs:

Bark Collars–electric charge: Bark collars are collars equipped with a battery powered device that is designed to sense the throat vibrations initiated by barking, which then activates an electrical charge that the dog quickly learns will stop when he is quiet. Depending on the specific model and manufacturer, these collars can be programmed from one or two levels to many more levels of electrical charge intensity. However, these collars are designed for humane correction, and the intensity of the charge, which is never strong enough to harm the animal in any way, can easily be adjusted to the dog’s size and weight, but are not usually recommended for dogs weighing less than six to eight pounds All bark control collars are sold with an instruction manual, and some models offer a remote control and instructional DVD as well. All models are waterproof and some are equipped with a low battery indicator. The bark collar cannot be activated by other dogs barking. The device cannot be worn with another collar.
Bark Collars–-spray control: These collars are equipped with a vibration sensor that emits an annoying, but entirely harmless citrus spray that dogs find offensive. The spray control collar cannot be worn with another collar, and cannot be activated by any other dog barking.
Bark Collars – vibration control: These collars control excessive barking by emitting an ultrasonic sound that will interrupt barking by startling the animal. Harmless, but very effective. Can be worn with another collar.
Choke Collar: Also known as a slip collar, this is a simple length of link chain with a large metal ring attached. A noose or collar is made by slipping the chain through the large ring and forming a loop that fits over the dog’s head. A leash can then be attached to the large ring. In order for the collar to work correctly the ring must be on the topside of the dog’s neck. A sharp tug on the leash pulls the collar tight – the first half of the correction – and relaxing the leash loosens the collar – the second half of the correction. Very effective for teaching a dog to walk alongside his master in a mannerly fashion. Two notes of caution: never buy a cheaply made choke collar, they can break, and secondly, as with any collar, be sure to measure the dogs neck before purchasing. A collar should not be too loose or too snug.

Briana

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