Training collars for dogs – Choosing the right collar for your dog
Training your dog doesn’t require a lot of fancy training equipment, but one thing which does require careful attention is the choice of dog collar.
Basic dog collar
The simplest type of dog collar is the basic collar that buckles around the dog’s neck. This type is generally used to keep on your dog every day, and usually contains your dog’s identification tag. Most dog trainers agree that the best type of dog collar is a leather dog collar.
Slip collars, also called choke collars, run though themselves on a ring, allowing the collars to tighten and loosen depending on what the dog owner wants to do with the leash. When the dog pulls on the collar, it tightens on his throat and when he stops pulling, it loosens. In addition, the trainer can make a correction with a swift jerk of the leash, momentarily tightening the collar.
These are good choices for obedience training since they mimic the quick nip of the doggy pack leader in a natural group of dogs. In addition, it prevents the collar from slipping off the dog’s head if he starts backing up or throwing a doggy fit. You should only use this collar when training and remove it when the training is over. This way you can prevent that it gets caught on an object and pose a choking hazard to your beloved friend.
Remote shock collars
Remote training collars for dogs, also called shock collars, barking collars or e-collars, remotely deliver a quick electric shock as a method to correct undesirable dog behavior.
When used properly, they can effective for reducing dangerous activities such as chasing cars, but it’s important to bear in mind that they are considered a cruel and harmful method to train your dog. Also, these types of electric collars should only be used by someone who has been completely trained on their use. If remote collars are used improperly, they can damage a dog’s confidence and can even result in both mental trauma as physically injury.
E-collars are also available with an optional vibrating warning signal that warns the dog with a short vibration a little before an electric shock is about to be follow. If the dog timely stops the unwanted behavior, such as stopping with barking, then the dog can prevent the electric shock from being administered. This is a collar that considerably reduces the harmful effect that regular shock collars have on your dog, especially if you purchase a vibrating e-collar which also allows you to switch of the electric shock and thus allows you to only use the integrated vibrating signal.
Communicating with your dog
There are many kinds of collars for sale as training tools. The most important thing to remember is that collars are a tool to communicate with your dog.
When you build a respectful, trusting relationship with your, train his obedience skills diligently and keep a calm and confident attitude, then the type of collar matters much less than the communication skills of the dog owner.