Dog Training Collars
Dog Training Collars - Conventional Dog Training Methods
Dog training collars are used exclusively to train dogs. There are several types of dog training collars, a few of which have come under fire for being cruel. However, there are many dog owners and trainers who state these collars are humane when used the right way and with responsibility.
Also known as flat collars, these types of dog training collars have a quick release buckle or collar or a loop to which a leash can be attached during training.
The Martingale collar consists of two loops, of which the small-sized loop is used to control and tighten the bigger loop when the collar is pulled. This is a safety measure that prevents the canine from slipping out of the dog training collar, and because of its anti-slip mechanism, is used by many owners. The Martingale collar applies even pressure on a dog’s neck and does not constrict it the way most flat collars tend to do when the leash is pulled.
The head halter for dog training is similar to the halter used for horses. This dog training collar is secured around the back of the neck and the top of the muzzle. The head halter helps a handler control the head of the dog, which means the animal is unable to pull on the collar with its full strength. This collar, however, does not interfere with the dog’s ability to breathe or drink.
This type of dog training collar has been criticized by many individuals because it can be uncomfortable for the dog if it becomes too tight, due to which it can dig into the skin. If not handled properly, it can lead to neck and cranial injuries and abrasions and skin irritations if the nose strap keeps rubbing against the dog’s muzzle.
Also known as a shock or remote collar, the electronic collar delivers a vibration, sound, or a mild electric shock to the neck of the dog via certain contact points in the dog training collar. Remote collars too have been criticized by many animal lovers and were declared illegal in Wales after being deemed abusive.
The prong collar comprises of a sequence of chain links that have blunt open ends pointing toward the dog’s neck. Its base design is similar to that of the Martingale collar, so neck constriction is less likely. The prong collar applies even pressure on the dog’s neck, and due to the angle of the prongs, there are negligible chances of the canine’s neck getting pinched. However, these dog training collars must never be turned inside out since they can seriously damage the dog’s face and neck.
Also known as a choke chain, this dog training collar consists of a chain with rings at each end so that the collar can be looped atop the dog’s neck. These two rings are called the dead ring and the live ring. The part of the leash that is connected to one ring is placed at the back of the dog’s head. When the leash is secured to the dead ring, there is no constriction, but when it is attached to the live ring, the chain gets tighter when pulled on, and loose when it is released.
Choke chains have been labeled cruel because they are used to ‘pop’, ‘snap’, or give a quick jerk to the dog to rectify incorrect behavior.
Other types of dog training collars include buoyant collars that provide support to a dog’s head when it is in water, and dog light collars, which glow in the dark and help people, identify a dog in low light or dark areas.
Jessie from Next Level Canine’s note:
Dog training collars are tools just like anything else. When used properly with the right method it is effective and efficient way help process information. But if not used correctly a dog training collar can do more harm than good. When used inhumanly or in an abusive way anything can become cruel! “The Talking Dog Method” incorporates dog collars and the way to properly use them.
Reference to Head Halter
I am not a fan, of these dog collars. I do not find them to be practical. In “The Talking Dog Method” we show you that halters are useless when training your dog.
Electric collars are effective way to correct an array of problems. Again, anything can be used inhumanly. The beauty of electric collars today is that they have different functions like the ‘nick button,’ ‘pager button’ and different levels of stimulations. Most electric collars are water proof. When used correctly electric collars can really make a difference in your dogs training. I myself am known to have nicknamed electric collars “the magic wand of dog training”. Incorporating electric collars into the talking dog method helps owners overcome many issues that cound and wouldn’t be corrected without this tools influence.
I am a fan of prong collars. They look like a medieval torture device, yet they are the least physically damaging collar I have ever worked with. When used properly to its function you will have results almost instantly. If you refer to the “Talking Dog Intro DVD Series you will see the prong collar at work.
The issue I have with choke collars is that they constrict the neck and airways. I have worked dogs in the past with choke collars and found that the choke collar literally chokes the dog therefore not correcting the dog but inflicting damage to the neck and trachea or the throat. “The Talking Dog Method” frowns upon using choke collars.
Jessie Suarez, the creator of " Talking Dog DVD Training Series"