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.