When training your dog how to walk on a leash, choosing the right collar is just as important as getting the right leash. You’ll find several types of dog training collars available, but not all of them are humane or effective.
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Snap Collar or Flat Buckle Collar
Snap or flat buckle collars are basic types of collars that you see on most dogs. They’re not just for training. Dogs can wear them all the time, and they’re a convenient place to put ID tags, licenses and other tags. While these collars are common, they’re not the best for training. If they’re not on tight enough, dogs can wriggle out of them. They also don’t stop dogs from pulling when they’re out for a walk.
Martingale collars are typically used on dogs with smaller heads and larger necks, such as greyhounds. Since these dogs can easily slip out of snap or flat buckle collars, Martingale collars have a different design. They have a large loop that goes around the dog’s neck and a smaller loop that you attach the leash to. When dogs pull on the leash, the larger loop tightens up just enough to prevent them from being able to wriggle out of it. While these collars stop dogs from getting loose, they’re not as effective at stopping them from pulling.
Head Collar or Head Halter
A head collar or head halter slips over your dog’s head to prevent her from pulling. When your dog pulls, the halter causes her to turn around instead of going in the direction she wants. This makes pulling less rewarding for her, which leads her to stop doing it. Keep in mind that it might take awhile to get your dog used to this type of collar, but head collars are great for getting dogs to stop pulling. They’re also very humane. Just make sure that you fit a head halter or head collar on properly if you choose these dog training collars.
Choke Collars, Prong Collars and Shock Collars
These collars are designed to stop dogs from pulling on their leash, but they’re not considered humane. Choke collars tighten up to the point of choking dogs when they pull, while prong collars pinch their skin when they pull. Shock collars deliver a painful electric shock. Stick with humane dog training collars when teaching your dog to walk properly on a leash.