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Small Dog Training Collar

Often times the owners of small or toy dog breeds assume that they do not have as many options for small dog training collars, as those owners of medium or large sized dogs. The truth however is that the options are numerous, and any type of training collar that is available for larger dogs also comes in sizes appropriate for the smallest of dogs. While it is obviously true that the amount of physical strength required to control a small Terrier type dog is much less than that which might be required to control a dog such as a German Shepherd, one should never overlook the fact that a small dog can have just as much, or more might and perspicacity as the largest of all dogs. It is sometimes easy to let smaller dogs get away with things that we would never allow a large dog to do, however making an allowance or turning a blind eye occasionally can create a world of problems later on. For this reason alone any owner of a small or toy dog breed would be wise to train him just as he would if the dog were a Great Dane.

Though, getting back to the issue of small dog training collars, there are a multitude of options. The type of training collar you use should be a direct reflection of the type of training method you plan to employ. There are two basic theories of dog training from which most training methods are based upon. The first type is a more traditional method, which uses corrections to instruct the dog that they have performed an incorrect behavior and is followed by showing them the desired action. The second type of method is positive reinforcement training, which focuses on rewarding the animal for correct behaviors.

It is important to decide on your preferred training method prior to choosing a collar as many collars have been designed specifically for the purposes of administering corrections to the animal. Collars such the choke chain, pronged collar and electric, or shock collars do exactly that. They have the ability to cause fear, pain and/or discomfort to an animal during the training process. Often they are used without proper understanding and guidance, and corrections are administered too frequently and at inappropriate times. Without a full and complete knowledge of how correctional training works, it is possible to set both the dog and yourself way back in terms of the training process, regardless of which type training collar is chosen.

When using the positive reinforcement method for training a small dog, you may choose to use a basic nylon collar or martingale collar. The decision may largely depend on how much control the dog requires and may ultimately come down to which one works best for you. A nylon collar might be preferred for a small dog who is quite manageable and trains easily, whereas the martingale collar could be a better option for those dogs who require more direction or a stronger authority.

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