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Dog Training Collars Explained

13 September 2011 904 views One Comment

An effective way to instill obedience and behavior in your pet is to use training collars. Three chief types of collars are available and they should be utilized properly for obtaining the best results without any harm to your pet.

Slip Collars or Choke Chains

This is probably the most common type of training collar. It design makes it very easy for the trainer or owner to close or release the collar quickly from around the dog’s neck. Dog’s can be taught not to repeat a certain action by closing the chain.

The collar should be fitted around the dog correctly, with the end of the lead coming from the back of your dog’s neck. Now the leash can be tugged or made slack as you require when training your dog.

A slip collar, when not used properly, can lead to disastrous consequences. The lead should not be pulled too hard, just enough to make your dog notice. Also, do not continue pulling at the lead for a prolonged period.

Pinch Collar or Prong Collar

It is similar to the slip collar, but has prongs on the inner surface. These prongs pinch the neck of the dog if the leash is tugged. The pinch collar has limits to the extent to which it can close over your dog’s neck.

Several owners are apprehensive of using this collar, since they think it might stab at the dog’s neck. The prong collar, in fact, has a limited, safe circumference and spreads pressure evenly around your dog’s neck, being as safe as the slip collar.

Electronic collar or E-collar

This type of collar looks like a regular collar, but is fitted with an electrical system to deliver a slight sensation to a dog. A dog trainer can deliver a very small charge via the electronic collar by the use of a remote control device to correct behavior.

This is a good method to train a dog off-leash. Improper behavior can be corrected instantly, making the dog easily relate to the proper action without the use of a lead.

In all ways, use such training collars only during training and when the dog can be constantly kept under close watch. Leaving the training collar on at other times can result in serious accidents. The collar should be removed from the dog at the end of each training session and replaced with a regular collar.


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  • dog love said:

    Nice post. I would like to use Slip Collars for my dog. I bought a dog training collar but it make my dog feel very uncomfortable. I will never buy such training collars for my dog.

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