Chain Dog Collars – A How To

Chain collars are an effective way to prevent your dog from pulling on its leash. They are known by a variety of names, including the choke chain.

The online market, along with just about all pet supply shops, are where a bewildering array of dog collars can be found; this includes the chain collar. Your choice really depends on preference but there are very few other collars that have the same effect on a pulling dog.

A pulling dog is a dog that lacks training. Regardless of the size or the breed, they can all be taught and trained not to pull. If you don’t want to put in the effort and a pulling dog doesn’t bother you, then by no means should you purchase a chain collar.

Training a dog takes patience, constant repetition and some knowledge. The knowledge can come from any number of sources: your vet, a dog trainer, the Internet, books, just to name a few. While most dog collars slip easily over a dog’s head, chain collars takes some getting used to. The key is in how you loop one end of the chain into the other (with the use of the closed loops at either end) – if done incorrectly, your dog will be in constant choke chain mode instead of the choke and release the collar was designed for. If you have a dog that will stand the fiddling to get it right, you can practice on him/her. If this method is not feasible, you can always practice on yourself by wrapping the chain around your arm or wrist. As long as one part of the chain hangs loosely at one end and tightens and loosens easily, you have put it on correctly.

Once you have mastered how to put the chain collar on your dog, you are ready to begin the all important training and practice [with your dog] to prevent him/her from pulling while on a leash. As both you and your dog become accustomed to how the chain collar works, you will be pleased to see the pulling diminish and/or stop altogether.

Important Tips For Using a Chain Dog Collar

There are a lot of misconceptions about chain dog collars and whether or not they should be used on dogs. Here are some of the things that you should remember when you are using a chain collar on a dog.

o Never, ever use a chain dog collar on a puppy or a young dog. They don’t have enough strength for this type of collar.

o Make sure that you have chosen the right size of collar for your dog. Measure the dog’s neck at the widest part and add two inches, and that is the right size for your dog.

o Only use the chain collars when you are out for a walk, don’t leave it on when you are at home. This will avoid strangulation accidents.

o When you need to use the chain collars, snap it quickly and bring your dog to heel. Use the heel command at the same time. Don’t keep the tension on the chain collar for longer than a second.

o Keep your leash short – this is going to avoid making the dog pull hard because they don’t have as much leverage. This is advice that should be used whatever type of collar you are using.

Using a chain collar doesn’t have to be cruel or something that is going to hurt a dog. In fact, when it’s done right, it can be used lovingly and as a great way to get your dog trained and reminds them to obey when you give them a command. Make sure that you choose the right size for your dog, that you are waiting until an appropriate age to use one, and that you are using it the right way, and you will find that using a chain collar can help the two of you be much happier.

Puppy Training – Collar Training

Collar training can actually start the first day you bring your puppy home. You will want to make sure you get a collar that is the appropriate size. You should always be able to fit two fingers sideways between the collar and puppy.

You also want to get a standard six foot leash to start with. As the puppy gets older you can always switch to a retractable leash, but during puppy training you will want to stick to the standard six foot leash. The weight of the leash should be similar to the weight of the collar.

You will never want to place a chain collar on a puppy when the puppy is not in training. The chain collar is strictly for puppy training and not just to wear around. It is especially dangerous if they walk into their crate with it on because it can get caught on the metal meshing of the kennel door and they can choke.

When you place a collar on your puppy it also provides security in the event your puppy got out. Be careful when choosing name tags for you puppies collar because they can easily get stuck in the door of the crate during crate training. The best name plate is the one embedded into the collar itself.

Now that you have your new collar and leash it is time to start leash training. Most puppies will often walk with you without realizing that they are on a leash. It’s when they realize that they have to walk with you that problems can develop. You never want to pull on your puppy. You want to create pressure because they are going to learn how to release that pressure.

Stand still when your puppy stops and does not want to continue, but make sure there is pressure on the collar. As soon as the puppy moves forward the pressure will be released from the collar and you can praise the puppy. He will now start to develop the habit of walking to release pressure and experience pleasure as a result.

The key to collar training is not to pull on his collar. With a little bit of pressure and a lot of encouragement it will not be long before he is proudly marching by your side.