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5 Considerations When Choosing Training Dog Collars

Feb 22, 2008
A dog training collar is a handy piece of equipment that can be used to obedience train your dog. No doubt you have heard it referred to as a slip collar, pinch collar, choke collar or possibly a choke chain but it is one and the same no matter the name. Essentially it fits around the dogs neck and is attached to a leash or lead. When the dog owner applies pressure to the leash, he or she can effectively control their pet.

Naturally a training collar will not be effective if it is not used correctly so that you can modify the dogs behavior but also ensure that it is not hurt or injured by the collar. This short article will address 5 issues about using a dog training collar effectively whilst keeping your dog safe.

1. Get the right fit of training collar " The collar must be of a size that is just right for your dog as one that is too tight will hurt the dog and be hard to get on. One that is too big will fall off and will not serve it purposes of training the dog. As a rule of thumb, the collar should fit snugly around the dogs neck with a bit of play in it.

Take a measure of the dogs neck. Then add about 5 cm or 2-3 inches to that length. This should ensure that the collar fits snugly but has a bit of movement in it. It should also fit over the dogs head easily.

2. Fitting the training collar on the dog correctly " A dog training collar will come with plenty of instructions for fitting the collar and using it effectively. It is advisable to read these when placing the collar on your dog for the first time. They will detail how to fit the collar correctly and prevent an sort of harm coming to your pet in the process.

3. Use the dog training collar properly " Remeber that the collar is not a way to punish the dog for anything that takes your fancy. It is really a way to communicate with your dog not to confuse it. Use the collar consistently and in a focused manner. Make sure that the dog understands why pressure is being applied to the collar through the leash. Eventually it will understand that the collar and leash are a useful tool for developing a relationship with it's owner.

4. Take into account the link size and weight of the training collar. They should reflect the type of dog that will be wearing the collar. So if you had a Bull Mastiff then you would want a heavy collar with larger links. If you had a toy Poodle then the wight and link size would be considerably less. Normally, the chain documentation or packaging will indicate the range or size of dog suitable to the type of collar.

5. Ensure that the collar and lead is correctly positioned on the dogs neck. For example the lead must be positioned at the top of the neck so that the slightest pull by you will be translated to the dog. It also means that the collar will loosen as soon as you ease the pressure on the lead.

To close, ensure that the collar and lead are well constructed using sturdy materials. They are likely to get well used and roughly treated so need to withstand some poor treatment. You also don't want them to break at a vital moment in your obedience training program.
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