Dog training collars, also called correction collars, choke chains, choke collars, slip collars or training collars, are among the most common and popular tools used by both amateur and professional trainers. These collars are very effective training tools and can be very useful for dog obedience training. Here are a few facts and considerations that every dog owner must know.
Types of dog training collars
Everyday collars: As the name suggests, these collars are designed for everyday use. They are made up of quick release clasps and metal buckles, and are available in a variety of colors, materials, and styles.
Martingale collars: These collars are specifically designed to prevent your dog from slipping out of the collar while walking on a leash. Martingale collars are usually made out of nylon. Though these collars tighten when you tug the leash, a stopping mechanism in the collar prevents it from complete closure around the dog’s neck.
Chain slip collars: Specifically intended for training purposes, these dog training collars are used to train a dog to walk on a leash and heel. A quick tug on the leash causes a partial closure of the collar around the dog’s neck.
Head or halter-type collars: These collars are intended to train a dog to walk on a leash and heel. When your pup pulls on the leash, the halter will cause his head to turn. This feels unnatural to him and will discourage his behavior.
Dog harnesses: Harnesses are usually recommended for dogs with diseases of the trachea or throat, or upper respiratory diseases. The harness runs over the neck and the shoulders. When a dog (with a collar) pulls on the leash, the pressure that is placed on the throat region irritates him. Harnesses relieve this pressure.
Choosing the right type of collar for your pup
Choosing the right collar for your pup is a very important step as it ultimately determines the effectiveness of the training. It is more likely that a properly fitted collar that is also appropriate for your puppy’s size will be more easily accepted by him. A perfect fitting collar ensures comfort too. There are different types of dog collars to choose from and you have to pick one depending on your pup’s size and disposition, and your training need.
Important considerations when using a dog training collar
While collars are very effective for training your pup, they must also be used properly to ensure comfort and safety. The following are the key considerations:
- Usage: Dog training collars must be used as a sharp reminder to your dog. It should not be used as a punishment.
- Fit: It is essential that the collar fits your dog perfectly. A perfectly fitted collar is safer and easier to use. The weight of the chain must also suit the weight and size of your pup or dog.
- Placement: The training collar has to be properly placed and fitted. Putting it the wrong way will make it ineffective and dangerous too.
A special note on remote training collars
Remote training collars are electronic devices that let you reinforce commands and correct your dog’s undesired behavior from a distance. These remote training systems consist of a handheld transmitter that operates the collar remotely through radio frequency. They come with a multitude of features containing different stimulation modes, waterproof options, tone and vibration options, operability from a wide range of distances etc. Remote dog training collars are being widely used for off-leash training and are proven to be very effective for training pups and dogs.