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When people first get their dog they go right out and buy a collar. Knowing what is the best collar for your dog is important. Below I address the pros and cons of the different types of collars.

Classic buckle/ clip on adjustable collar (nylon, cotton, leather):

  • PRO – use them for general everyday use, such as walking well trained dogs.
  • PRO – use to attach identification tags
  • CON – tethering your dog using this collar can make it a choking hazard or get entangled easily
  • CON – using this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash. Constant pressure from pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time. Dogs with more narrow necks, such as Greyhounds, should have a wider collar
  • CON – keeping on puppies while unattended, especially if they have not been conditioned to wearing a collar may be a hazard

2Breakaway collar:

  • PRO – use them for general everyday use, such as walking well trained dogs.
  • PRO – use to attach identification tags
  • PRO – use this type of collar over the classic buckle/clip on adjustable collar.
  • PRO – use them for your dog if you worry about your dog getting trapped/entangled on something outside, the collar will come off the dog from constant applied pressure
  • CON – using this as a training aide or training to walk on leash
  • CON – using this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash, constant pressure from pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time

Slip-chain/choke chain or slip collar:

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  • PRO – reconsider other methods of training before use, especially if your dog is difficult to handle
  • CON – using this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash, constant pressure from pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time
  • CON – tethering your dog using this collar can make it a choking hazard or get entangled easily
  • CON – never put this on puppies

 

prongProng collar/pinching collar (such as a Herm Sprenger):

  • PRO – reconsider other methods of training before use, especially if your dog is difficult to handle
  • CON – using if you haven’t tried other methods of training first and your dog is difficult to work with, there are other ways of getting a better response out of your dog
  • CON – using this as a heavy training aide or training to walk on leash
  • CON – using this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash, constant pressure from pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time
  • CON – never put this on puppies

Martingale collar:

martingale

  • PRO – use for obedience and leash training; more mild than using a choke chain
  • PRO – use to attach identification tags
  • CON – using this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash. Constant pressure from pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time.
  • CON – relying on this collar to solve any behaviors and/or leash training as it’s mainly an aide than education tool
  • CON – tethering your dog using this collar can make it a choking hazard or get entangled easily

 

Head collar, like Halti and Gentle Leader:

  • PhaltiRO – use this as a training aide or training to walk on leash
  • PRO – use this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash, instead of pulling on the neck
  • PRO – use this if your dog is hard to handle
  • CON – leaving this on your dog while not in use
  • CON – tethering your dog using this collar can make it a choking hazard or get entangled easily

 

Electronic shock or spray collar for barking or other correctional purposes:

  • PRO – test this product on yourself before allowing your dog to use it.
  • PRO – reconsider other methods of training before use, especially if your dog is difficult to handle
  • PRO – consider just the ‘beep’ or tone mode for an electronic shock collar if possible
  • CON- using this for walking on a leash or anything it was not originally used for

Harness:

harness

  • PRO – use this if your dog pulls a lot on the leash, constant pressure from collars while pulling can damage a dog’s throat and trachea over time
  • PRO – use for getting puppies used to something other than a basic collar and training to walk on leash
  • CON – never tether your dog up with this because it can get entangled easily, this is not its purpose
  • CON – leave on a dog or puppy while unattended

 

If you are having trouble walking your dog or feeling frustrated about your dog’s leash manners, contact your local trainer for assistance.

 

Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.

 

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