While there are a multitude of fancy dog collars on the market today, nothing has stood the test of time quite like the chain collar. Its tried and true ability to deter your dog from pulling is still popular among many dog enthusiasts.
For those who have no idea what a chain collar is, you might be used to hearing it referred to as a choke chain. The choke chain reference has stuck as that is precisely what the collar does to the dog to prevent him/her from pulling.
When used properly, this collar works like a pull and release mechanism: pull the chain to ‘choke’ the dog and release the chain (immediately) so it falls back to its normal loose position.
Chain collars take some getting used to by both the owner and the dog. If you pull the chain and don’t release it fast enough, the chain will remain in a choke position around your dog’s neck, causing him/her to gag and/or cough.
Keep in mind that this type of collar is very effective for the purpose it was designed for, but choking your dog for any length of time is not recommended.
Once you and your dog have tested out the chain collar and both of you get used to how it works, you will find that the pulling you experienced every time you took you dog for a walk comes to a halt.
The next time you’re blessed with a beautiful day, slip the chain collar around your dog’s neck without fear that your beloved animal will yank your arm off!
And once you have trained your dog (with the chain collar) not to pull, walking him/her will become a joy rather than a nuisance. Let the walks begin!
Despite the variety of dog collars on the market today, chain collars are still a very popular choice. If you have no idea what a chain collar is, you may be familiar with the more popular term ‘choke chain’.
Chain collars or choke chains can be purchased for as little at $4 at most places that sell dog supplies. If you prefer shopping on the Internet, there is also a vast selection available online.
Chain collars are generally purchased for dogs that love to pull (and won’t stop) while on their leash. They are comprised of a length of chain that has two rings at each end. The chain goes around the dog’s neck and one ring is looped through the other creating the letter ‘P’ if looking at the dog from the front. If the chain ends up looking like the number ‘9’ instead, you have put in on backwards. Ensuring you have put the collar on properly is tantamount to it working properly; you are going for a tug and release type of action when it’s in use.
When the dog pulls, you tug the collar and this action chokes the dog. When the dog stops pulling, the collar releases back to its original position around the neck. If it’s on backwards, the dog will be very uncomfortable when you tug as the collar will remain in the choke position on the dog’s neck. Don’t be fooled however, by the chain/choke mechanism: if your dog wants to get at something he/she have seen or smelled, it will pull no matter what’s around its neck!
Chain collars come in different lengths so you should take the time to measure your dog’s neck for the best fit. Following that, you should add an additional 2-3 inches to your measurement. Keep in mind that when the dog is not pulling and you are not tugging, the chain should fall loosely around the neck. If you have a puppy, don’t even consider a chain collar until they are much older and are fully developed because damage to their young necks can occur.