Training collars are an effective means of training your dog to teach good behavior and obedience. It is necessary to your dog accustom to using a regular collar, before a training collar, so they get used to it.
You should not make the mistake of putting on the collar only when you’re going to take a walk or when you want to tie the dog as punishment. The collar should remain in place permanently so there is no confusion with the collar. Never miss an opportunity to educate your dog.
There are three main types of dog training collars each should be used properly to get the desired results without harming your dog.
The following information is more detailed about each type of collar.
1. Regular Collar
This is the collar you can find in any pet shop. Simply adjust the neck of your dog, like a belt.
Normal collars come in different types. They are generally flat, like a small belt, but there are also rolled. The latter are better for dogs with long hair, less hair damage because of the neck.
So, are they better the nylon or leather? The nylon has the advantage of not shrink in the wash when dried. In addition, there is greater variety of colors, and nylon leashes with matching collars.
To properly use the regular collar, you just have to make sure you do not adjust it too tight. That could interfere with your dog’s breathing. The right thing is you can easily insert your finger between the collar and the neck of your dog.
On the other hand, if you make very loose collar could slip over the head of your dog. If this happens, rest assured that your dog will learn quickly to remove the collar when they want to. This type of collar does not strangle your dog, so it’s the first thing to try for training. This type of collar should also be the collar of choice for an everyday collar. If you have a puppy, once the puppy starts to grow you will want to check the fit often so the collar is never too tight.
2. Semi Choke and Choke Collars
These semi choke collars close when your dog pulls the leash. They are made of a regular collar material with an additional adjustable chain. However, used correctly, this collar should not reach a smaller diameter than the neck of your dog. While generating a negative stimulus, do not close your dog’s throat and cause no damage to his trachea.
These collars are adjustable, so it is up to you to decide how far it can be. To fit properly, remember that you cannot have it close to your dog. Meaning the collar cannot be the exact diameter of the neck of your dog it will need to be larger.
This type of collar has gained in popularity because they are less harmful to the trachea of dogs. They are widely used with sled dogs and to practice agility. They are widely used in many countries for training in general.
If you adjust the diameter of the collar to be lower than your dog’s neck, the collar will function as a traditional choke collar. But if you adjust the diameter of the collar to be equal or slightly larger than your dog’s neck, the collar will function as a regular collar buckle.
Never leave your dog with a collar like this, if you are not monitored.
These collars are usually made of a chain with a metal rings in each of its ends. When passing the chain through one of the rings, this forms a loop. Then, pass the collar over the dog’s head and you are ready to use.
This forms almost like a slip knot that closes each time the one ring is pulled. This causes the windpipe to close on your dog for a moment, stopping the flow of air. Hence the name of choke collar or choke.
Although the choke collar is still widely used, is not recommended for inexperienced trainers. Forensic veterinary studies have found that trained dogs with choke collars have a very high rate of tracheal damage.
If for some reason you decide to use a choke collar to teach your dog, you have to know how to use it. When you want your dog to walk on your left (the normal side to train a dog), the ring that is attached to the leash has to go down and to the right of your dog. If you want your dog to walk to your right, just put it in the opposite way.
Never leave your dog with a choke collar if you are not available to watch the dog. It could suffocate if the collar catches onto something.
3. Prong Collar
Prong or pinch collars seem like they would hurt the dog, but used properly they will not. They are usually made of metal links collars open, but can also be made of plastic. These links puncture the dog’s neck when the collar is pulled. You will want to make sure the collar is a good quality so that it does not break.
Although these collars seem crueler than the choke, they usually cause less damage because there is less focus on the dog’s trachea. Originally these devices were designed at the time it was thought that the only way to train a dog was with constantly punishing.
Some dog trainers believe that spiked collars imitate the way the mother punishes her puppies, or the way a dominant dog punishes a rebellious subordinate. Well this is a big mistake. Do trainers honestly think that dogs believe that an invisible dog is biting their neck?
The prong collar, like any other, works on the concept of punishment and negative reinforcement. It should no way be an attempt to justify its use by saying it is something similar to what happens in nature. There is simply no natural way a human can educate a dog. There will always be artificial forms of canine behavior modification.
Either way, you can see many dogs that are trained with prong collars and respond cheerfully.
Tips on How to Use a Prong Collar
The following steps will help you to use a prong collar:
- Make sure the collar has a ring attachment. This way you can place the collar around the dog’s neck by opening the link and putting it around your dog.
- Adjust so the collar fits snug but you should still be able to place one finger between the collar and the dog. Just watch out for the prongs. Many of these types of collars have removable links for a proper fit.
- With the prong collar a gentle pull on the leash is all you need. The tips are blunt but do pinch the dog’s skin when pulled or the dog’s neck is tense. Use only when training and promptly remove once the training session is over.
- If you think your dog needs a prong collar, please consult your veterinarian or a dog trainer who can guide you personally on the use of that device especially if you are not confident on how to use it.
- If you decide to use a prong collar, keep in mind that you never want to slide this type of collar over the head of your dog because you could hurt his eyes. Open it every time you have to wear it or take it off of your dog.
Never leave your dog with a prong collar if you are not supervising his activity. This could cause serious injury if the collar catches on somewhere and pulls the collar.
4. Barking Dog Collar
The barking dog collar also called a shock collar is intended to be used as a tool for training dogs. There are different types of shock collars that are intended to adjust the different types of behavior. The first thing to consider is what type of shock collar you need. If you use your shock collar correctly, you will soon have a very well mannered dog.
Choose a bark collar if you have a problem with excessive barking. These collars monitor the movement of the voice box of the dog. When the sensor detects motion, it sends an electric charge in the dog’s neck. The dog will soon associate the shock with the barking and learn not to bark.
The barking dog collar is a tool that can solve specific problems of anxiety that break the tranquility of the neighborhood. Separation anxiety or nervousness caused by environmental noise can lead to a dog to bark non-stop that can last as long as you voice, and even further once barking is hoarse.
Spray Bark Collars
Besides the collar that shocks there is also one that sprays almost like an aromatherapy once the dog barks. It has the same concept except there is no shock. Most of these spray collars spray citronella once the dog starts to bark. The dog finds this to be an unpleasant odor and notices every time he barks, its usage is the same as the pulse electric collar but it is necessary that the dog is sensitive to odor, it is not always effective. There are also stores that specialize in these types of items.
Traditional electric collars send an electric shock causing the dog to stop the barking, but it is important to recognize preferentially the larynx vibration noise because other collars can be activated by the barking of other dogs in the house or neighborhood which your dog has no control over.
Be Careful with Barking Collar
Once the collar is placed on the dog is important to be able to withstand the urge to take it right off at the time of the first upset because normally the dog, which knows nothing about the barking collar, sometimes jumps from fright or howling. Make sure that you check the voltage of the electric collar before putting it on. If we moved, and took it off, we have given the dislike for something and if you later try to put it back, the reaction will be more exaggerated crying knowing that escapes the punishment will be much harder to recover.
These collars are only part of the work of dog training necessary to eliminate the problem, the barking collar is the tentative patch that prevents owners from getting rid of the dog, but as the owner you must study the problem to eradicate this behavior because if the dog cannot vent then the barking will lead to breakings things or get the house dirty or will think of something else destructive. The barking is a symptom, if only you can uncover what is going you will run the risk of have to face even more difficult issues to solve.
Therefore, utilizing an electric dog collar is better left up to owner’s discretion.
5. Head Collar
It seems incredible, but from the first moment you put the head collar on your dog, you have a manageable dog that does not pull the leash.
This type of collar is also referred to as the Gentle Leader or Halti. This is especially good for newer dog owners to be able to control and take both large and small dogs for a walk. Your dog will pull in a natural way and it will not be perceived as a punishment, on the contrary, they feel more confident in themselves and enjoy the walk.
This type of dog collar halter is designed especially to control pulling the strap. It is also a great help when training your dog. This type of collar allows you control the jumps, barks, bites on your dog’s leash. It even helps to teach your dog to sit still in no time! This collar is also recommended by dog training experts.
First off, the head collar is not a muzzle. After placing this collar on your dog, he can open his mouth to eat, drink, bring objects, bark and even bite, unless you shut his mouth by pulling on the leash.
These types of collars consist of two strips made of a soft nylon fabric. The largest strip is fixed to the upper neck and the other strip is placed in a loose-fitting at the base of the muzzle. Each strip has a different and important role.