When we adopt a dog, we need to be ready with everithing we will use for its training, and that inludes all the necessary information we need to know about it. Wether you are at this point or if you just noticed that your dog’s collar is not the proper one, you came to the correct place. I will tell you about dog training collars, the diferent types, risks and recommendations, so you’ll be sure that you’ll do a good work with your little friend.
The starndard collar is only wore in the dog’s neck and, in general, is made of leather or nylon. Although leather collars look more elegant and sofisticated, nylon collars are more resistant to water and humidity. Likewise, nylon collars are more comfortable.
You can find them both in different thicknesses. Thicker collars are more proper for puppies.
WHEN YOU PUT THE COLLAR…
- It must fit a finger between the collar and your dog, neither more nor less.
- There are many collar sizes, so I would recommend you to take your dog with you to the store and look for the right size.
Semichoking collars are those who close a little more when your dog pulls the strap, generating a negative stimulus on it. These kind of collars must not have a minor diameter than your dog’s neck or we’ll have problems, it can cause demages on your dog and we don’t want that to happen.
Generally, we can find them metallic or made of nylon, causing a major demage the first mentioned.
- If we adjust the collar exactly to our dog’s neck diameter, it won’t cause any damage.
- If the diameter of the semichoking collar is major than our dog’s neck, it will act as a standard collar.
IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO ADJUST THE COLLAR IN A MINOR DIAMETER THAN OUR DOG’S NECK.
These collars are used by professional dogs trainers at Agility Practices. I would not recommend new owners to use it in their dog if they do not have any experience in dog training because a missuse can cause damages to the animal.
We need to know that not all races can use a semichoking collar. Professionals recommend them to median and big races with a moderated force. Dogs with a high force level must not wear this type of collar.
Choking collars tend to be composed by a metallic chain and a shackle at each end. When passing an end through the opposite sheckle, we make a tie with the collar that we will have to pass through our dog’s head. If our dog pulss the strap, the collar will choke it with the same force.
This type of collar causes serious damages and breathing troubles and more.
NOT RECOMMENDED TO ANY USE.
Barbed collars are made of metal but we can also find them in plastic. this collar is a chain that surrounds the neck with barbs distributed inside. This way, when the dog pulls the strap, its neck is presioned by the barbs, causing serious injury.
NOT RECOMMENDED TO ANY USE.
Head collar grabs the neck, under the skull and the snout. the strap is tied to the lower part of the snout controling our dog’s direction. it tends to be made of nylon and it is confused with a muzzle.
Its structure does not let the dog pull the strap so we can use it to train our dog when we go out home. HEAD COLLAR IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO SMALL DOGS.
This is my favorite type of collar (and most of the veterinarians could agree with me) because it does not cause damages and we have a big variety of collars, each one designed to a specific function. We can find them made of nylon or leather but nylon is more comfortable.