|Barked: Fri Mar 30, '12 11:53pm PST |
|I do not care for choke collars at all, they have never worked for me. A dog actually has an odd instinct to continue to pull when he feels that sort of pressure. I use a training-collar [not sure the 'technical' name for it sorry] instead. It tightens a very very tiny bit, but it has metal bars that 'poke' the dogs neck. They do not hurt the dog at all [well of course you're jerking the leash as hard as you can], they remind him that he needs to slow down & mind his manners.
I do not use my training-collar for the actual training though, only as a reminder once the dog already knows "Heel". To train I just a regular 4-ft leash & a nylon collar... I work it a few small steps/commands at a time and start it even when they're puppies just learning how to walk on a leash.
The easiest/least 'painful' way I have found is a Gentle Lead Headcollar, works superb for if you want immediate results. It's similar to how a halter works on a horse, when the dog pulls, it slowly tightens around the muzzle/puts pressure on the back of their neck [so it works opposite of what choke collar does - those put pressure on front of neck]. The instant dog stops pulling, all pressure is released. It didn't make my dog, Shasta, go into a perfect show-stopping heel, but it kept him from pulling, and if he ever started looking/wanting to go somewhere else, just a quick jerk on the leash & his head would turn right up at me. Only problem with the headcollar is well yes it fits similar to how a muzzle does [it does not impair the dog at ALL in ANY sort of mouth-movement when put on correctly], and so for dogs I've used it on, they squirm & wiggle around for a while which is annoying...
Again, I do not like choke chains at all, they have never worked for me. I have never known them to actually hurt a dog however.
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