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

Dog Training Collars

Carla Menjivar asked:

When it comes to training, there have been many dog collars that have come out to help make it easier. Here, I will give a review of certain dog training collars, and what they are best used to train with. However, this is initial information to help you in doing more research. After choosing a dog training collar to research, I recommend finding resources to show you how to use the collar properly – ideally a professional trainer. Also, any leash and dog collar can be used for training, so you may want to research other training methods before taking the leap.

The Halti – the Halti is a collar that is used much like the bridle on a horse. It is used to gently steer the animal’s view from that which it is fixated on, like another animal or dog. This can be useful if you’re on a walk with your dog, and she refuses to walk further due to a dog she is focusing on. It is important, however, to use this as a gentle lead, and not to jerk the animal’s head around.

Limited Choke Collar – A limited choke collar or limited slip collar is designed to slip over the dogs head, but upon tension, constrict around the dog’s neck only so much as the neck of the dog itself and no further. This reduces the risk of chocking and is useful for dogs who can slip their collars easily. It’s a safer alternative to the choke collar, but should still be used under supervision.

Choke Chain – A choke chain should only be used for training and not as a regular collar. It is used as a corrective tool, to give the dog a quick and succinct tug when it is doing something unfavorable. It is not used for prolonged restriction, and if used incorrectly, can damage the windpipe. It is a tool that, if used properly, can be an excellent tool in correcting your dog’s negative behavior and should be properly researched before used.

Prong Collar – A collar with prongs on it that encircle your dog’s neck. The prongs pinch around the dog’s neck, simulating the corrective bite of another dog. So like the other training collars, it’s imperative to use it correctly not only for the safety of the dog, but to ensure you are giving your dog the correct signal. If you correct your dog when he has done nothing wrong, he may become confused, and this will delay training.

No-bark Collar – A dog collar used to correct excessive barking, it is designed to give a correction either automatically by sensing the vibrations of the bark, or through remote control. There are several kinds of no-bark collars, from the controversial dog shock collar to the dog bark collar that spray the dog with scented sprays whenever he or she barks. Whichever you decide to choose, please do extensive research first, and follow the instructions carefully.

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