Kangaroo Leather Dog Show Dog Obedience Choker Collar in Whiskey Tan - Lead On Bingo - Made To Order
I was once tasked with the retraining of a show collie that had been lead broken by someone who used coercive training techniques. This lovely bitch would run and hide when I picked up a collar and lead. If I put a chain choker on her, she would keep one ear turned backwards, listening for the telltale “clink” of the links moving through the ring, which warned her that pain was about to occur. I switched to a nylon choker, which was only marginally better. She still would be fearful of the sound of the two rings clinking together. I eventually used a Resco noose, which made no clinking sounds. I would then take her on long walks with a calm and stable male I had. It took months, but I eventually convinced this dog that being on a lead meant only good things. I showed her at a match show, where her tail never quit wagging, and her overall type and beauty and lovely flowing movement won her the group.
One of the reasons most dog owners choose prong collars, choke collars or gentle leads (head halters) is to address walking and pulling issues. If this is your reason then you are on the wrong path. Using one of the tools above may only temporarily fix your issue, or it may solve the problem only as long as the tool is applied.
2. The Gentle Leader stops a dog from making those “choking” sounds
Choker Chain Slip Leads. - Gun Dog Supply
5. Leaving a training collar on a dog. Important: training collars should be used only during training exercises and walking. For safety reasons, they should not be left on the dog. For example, the chain collars easily get caught on things, leading to choking and strangulation. Thus, you do not want to attach the dog's tags to training collars.Not to be the devil's advocate here, as I am a big fan of Victoria's methods and of positive training methods in general, but so-called "choke chains" are actually really effective when used in the right situations and in the correct way. When I took my first dog to doggie school, one of the things they had to learn was to heel right beside you without becoming distracted by anything. The trainer there, who was a certified trainer, an experienced dog handler for dog shows, and had a degree in animal behavior, told us to buy them for use in the training class. I didn't want to because they seemed mean and so went to the pets supply store and actually tried one on myself. Yes, people did stare, but I yanked that thing as hard as I could and then had my friend stand behind me and yank it. They are designed not to actually choke the dog, and it honestly did not hurt me, although it was not comfortable, and human necks are much weaker than dog necks. So I decided to get one and go along with the training. The thing with them is, you don't use them to simply teach the dog to walk on the lead. The dog needs to already know how to walk on the lead. You don't yank the dog back into place if he moves away from your side. You don't use one if your dog still pulls at the lead. You don't use one on a small dog. You don't ever pull hard on the chain. What you do is to gently but quickly tug the chain until it tightens up and then quickly release it. It should remind the dog of what he's supposed to be doing, not choke him into submission. Shouldn't take more than two seconds to tighten and release it. This teaches the dog to walk exactly where you want him to walk without hurting him - it's basically a way of maintaining his attention the whole time. Of course, you still reward him for walking where he's supposed to walk as well. I found it to be very effective and thought it seemed a lot more comfortable to my dog than the soft head collars some of the other trainers were using at that school. Plus, it's a really good thing for a dog to know how to heel well, especially if you live in a city or a place where people let their dogs off the lead. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that in there because it worked well for me and I wanted people to know that "choke chains," which we called correction collars at doggie school, are not necessarily torture devices. I can definitely see how they would be if you used one as a method of "sharp correction." However, you aren't supposed to.