Tools of Dog Training, the Collar

By Laura Pakis, Certified Dog Trainer and Professional Blogger

“Dogs are the best friend to mankind,” this proverb is mostly known. Wild dogs become socialized today with their training and command acceptance capability. The process of training is a diverse field with a single thread: Communication. Dogs have the ability to communicate with people through the highly training process. Many dog lovers believe that “Dog has featured with a small emotion like a human by God.”

Dogs are getting trained for different reasons and purpose of our life. To assist police, disabled people, hunting, herding, protection, companionship, and competition as well. Professionals trainers are the magicians of this sector, they make a dog super sensuous with their training skill and equipment. They transform from a wild or street dog to intelligent cop dog. Training with best toys is the best way to get trained.

An experienced, professional trainer is knowledgeable about the tools of their trade and has been schooled in how best to use them to effectively and humanely communicate with a dog.

Training tools, when properly utilized, are safe and humane. It is broadly acknowledged among canine professionals that any training tool or method, improperly applied, can be abusive. Any person who causes physical injury or emotional trauma, induces behavioral problems, or otherwise harms dogs in a
profound and/or lasting manner, is already subject to prosecution under existing local laws.

Training equipment is just that equipment used for training. It is not meant to be worn all the time. The use of proper training equipment will aid your dog’s ability to learn. It is not only important to understand and use the right equipment, it is also important that the equipment fit correctly.

For safety sake, no collar should be on the dog when at home or in a kennel.

TRAINING COLLARS

There are a variety of collars which can be used for training your dog. The size of the dog’s head is the key to a proper fit.

Chain or nylon slip collars

The slip collar is the most widely recognized and recommended training collar. There are two types of these collars; chain and nylon. The chain (or choke as it is sometimes called) is used to startle the dog. It is not intended to choke or strangle a dog. Use only top-quality collars that are welded in a smooth seamless fashion. Inferior collars may break easily and often pull the dog’s hair, causing irritation and pain. Nylon training collars are not recommended for dogs with long coats because they fray, may remain tight, tangle or matte into the hair. If you have a smooth coated shorthaired dog that does not need many leash corrections or may have some skin sensitivity, this collar may work well for you. These collars should slip over the dog’s neck snuggly, yet not so tightly that it must be forced. Training collars come in sizes as small as 10 inches and as large as 30 inches. These collars are direction meaning that it is important for them to slide through the ring on the end of the collar.

How to introduce: When walking a dog on the left you will need to insert the chain portion of the collar into the ring forming a “P” facing you, Place over dog’s head.
When walking a dog on the right you will need to insert the chain portion of the collar into the ring forming a “Q” facing you, Place over dog’s head

Why it works: the correction given is like a mother dog’s correction. The correction is made by “popping” the collar using a quick up/down motion on the leash with two hands in the direction related to the command given. The collar is used to startle the dog and tell them “pay attention to me.”

Extra Information: Also known as “choker” collar although if used correctly it shouldn’t choke the dog

Herme Springer of Germany best manufacturer

Check links on collar – metal should be smooth and rounded, replace collar when worn

Medium chain links give best “zip snap”

Larger links have clunky sound

Nylon slip collar not as good as chain because the nylon frays when worn and can

cause irritation to the dog’s neck

 

Martingale collars

If used correctly, the Martingale collar works similarly to a slip collar. It is important not to use excessive strength with this collar as it may harm the dog’s neck. Prong/pinch collars look to some like a medieval torture device, but they can be helpful with some larger, more powerful dogs with a strong resistance to feel or skin sensitivity OR as an equalizer when a person of little strength is training a powerful dog. This type of collar, when used correctly, applies multiple pinching pressures around the dog’s neck. DO NOT use this kind of collar unless your dog has a proven high pain tolerance using a standard collar. The pinch collar can do more harm than good if used on a dog with a sensitive, laid back personality. If you choose to use a prong/pinch collar, be sure it is properly fitted and check the ends of each link for sharp edges—they should be rounded and smooth. Good Dog collars are like the prong collar except they are made of black plastic.

 

How to introduce: The chain portion of the Martingale collar should be straight and not showing any slack. With a prong collar, unhook the links in center of collar and place around the dog’s neck. The collar should fit snuggly. The chain portion of the collar should be over the dog’s throat and slightly left. After placing the collar on the dog begin walking the dog in a heel. Walk past a distraction, correcting the dog should it disobey the command.

Why it works: if used correctly, the correction is like the slip collar. The prong collar is a more humane correction for people who are not strong enough to give an effective correction. The collar requires less pressure to give a more effective response. The correction is applied evenly around the dog’s neck and does not affect the throat area. The Good Dog collar is good for people with arthritis.

Extra Information:
Important not to use excessive strength with this collar as it may harm the dog’s neck. To avoid a dog becoming collar smart and, also, for a safety feature use the prong collar with the slip collar.
How to introduce: Introduce the same as you would a prong collar
The Good Dog collar is made of black plastic; edges of prongs are sharper than the metal prongs.

Breakaway collar

How to introduce: The Breakaway collar should fit snuggly around the dog’s neck and allow one-two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck.

Why it works: This is a great introduction collar for puppies.

Extra Information: This collar is good to put on the dog when it travels in the car or is away from home. Place the rabies tag, dog license, etc. on this collar.

 

Channel leader

Also called the “head halter” or “gentle leader”

Extra Information:
Does not train the dog but rather gives guidance.
May cause whiplash if the dog runs and its head turns when it hits the end of the leash.

Neck protectors

Neck protectors help in preventing hair loss for fair haired dogs such as the golden retriever, collie or Irish setter. For small dogs an old sock can be used. For larger dogs use a section of a worn-out pair of sweat pants.

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