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Dog Training Choke Collar

The use of a choke collar in dog training is one of the most popular types of collars used, though it is certainly far from being the best, or most effective tool out there. Unfortunately choke collars have been used for so long that dog owners new and old just automatically assume that it is essential to the training process. Dog training choke collars are all too often used incorrectly, and many don’t realize that they actually have the ability to cause pain or injury to a dog.

Let’s first discuss how a choke collar should be properly used and how it works. In terms of choosing the correct size of collar for your dog, you will need to measure the dog’s neck and then add two to three inches on top of that. You want the collar to fit so that it is neither too loose, nor tight on the animal. If you are unsure on the issue of sizing, it is best to take your dog into the pet store with you so that a knowledgeable associate can assist you. Drop the connected links through one of the rings on either end of the chain so that you create a collar, which can slip over the dog’s head.

The two rings are now side by side and it is important that you understand the difference between the two before putting the collar on the dog. Slip the collar around your wrist for a moment and tug on one of the rings. If the ring you have pulled causes the collar to constrict around your wrist you have discovered the “live” ring. If you have pulled on the ring that causes nothing to happen, then this is the “dead” ring. A dog should walk on your left side, that means that you want to slip the collar over the dog’s head so that the “live” ring is on the dog’s right side and is on top of his neck. Attach the leash to the “live” ring and test it to make sure that you have done it correctly. Slightly tug on the leash and the collar should easily constrict. When you release the leash tension, the collar should just as easily ease back and loosen once again.

Although you now know how to properly set up and affix a choke collar to a dog, you must take into consideration the fact that there are other more humane and less harsh options available when it comes to training collars. The choke chain works to train a dog because it allows the trainer to administer corrections when the animal performs incorrect behaviors. However, choke chains are too often overused and the corrections applied are unnecessarily heavy-handed. Strong, jerking corrections can frighten an animal, or worse cause them pain and even injury.

Choose a training method that will promote trust and respect between you and your dog. Dog training should be an enjoyable experience for you both, it should be pain-free, and when done properly will leave the animal eager and excited to learn more.

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