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Training Your Dog with a Training Collar

Training Your Dog with a Training Collar

There are numerous training devices that can be used when training your dog. The most basic piece of equipment that every dog owner ought to own is a top quality training collar. There are various types of training collars and these devices go by a variety of names including: choke collar, choke chain, correction collar, slip collar, and of course, training collar. Training collars are favorite tools among both novice and professional dog trainers.

When used properly, a training collar is a valuable and effective tool. However like any tool it should be used correctly in order to be effective. Despite its simple appearance and design, a training collar is a piece of equipment and should be treated with respect.

An improperly used training collar will do no good and it could possibly hurt your program by causing the dog to become confused and frightened. There are several things to think about when selecting and fitting a training collar.

The first consideration when selecting a training collar is how the collar fits the dog. It is vital that the collar be fitted properly in order to be effective. The training collar should also be placed on the dog the correct way. Unlike a normal buckle collar, there is a definite right and wrong way to put on a training collar, and it is incorrectly placed it can be ineffective or even dangerous.

The weight of the chain and the size of the links are crucial when choosing a training collar. Both should be appropriate for the size and weight of the dog. For instance, you would not use a heavy chain on a ten pound dog nor would you use a very light chain on a one hundred pound dog. The suitable measurement of the collar is the gap around the dog’s neck plus two to three inches and should not be tight, but snug. The training collar is designed to be a reminder, not a punishment. It works by providing pressure followed by immediate release of that pressure.

If the collar is too tight, the pressure will not be relieved when you loosen the leash. If the collar is too loose, alternatively, it may accidentally slip off the dog when he lowers his head. It is important that when putting on the collar that the end of the chain that attaches to the leash is on the top of the dog’s neck. This is necessary to ensure that the collar functions as intended.

If the connecting piece of the collar is positioned anywhere except the top of the dog’s neck, the collar will not loosen properly when the leash is slackened. This constant pressure on the collar will likely be counterproductive since the dog will not understand what is being asked of it or why the pressure is not being relieved when he or she does as asked.

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