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Choose the Right Dog Collar

Having the correct equipment is essential for dog training. One of the most important is the dog collar.

There are many types of dog collars, anything from pink fuzzy collars to light up collars. For the purpose of this website though, I will focus on dog collars that are best for dog training purposes.

Unfortunately it’ll be hard not to own at least 2 different collars. Generally, you don’t want to keep a training collar on your dog all the time. Depending on the type of dog collar, they can get hung up on things and can be a danger to the unsupervised dog.

The optimal scenario is having an ornamental regular snap collar that has your dogs’ licenses and pertinent information on them. This is the dog collar that’ll be on most of the time. The other collar will be for training.

Choose the Right Dog Collar

Getting To Know Dog Collars

It’s important to know the difference between each type of dog collar. The snap collar will have one dead ring and a plastic snap buckle. They can be leather or nylon, and are usually flat on the dogs’ skin.

The snap dog collar should fit snugly but not tight. Being able to fit two fingers between the dogs’ neck and collar is about right. Keep in mind though, that dogs tend to puff up their necks when getting a collar attached. Wait an hour or so and re-measure the fit. Remember these collars will be worn 90 percent of the time, so make them comfortable…and stylish.

This collar should be the one with your dog’s identifications on it. Licenses and tags as well as personal information like phone number and address and the dog’s name are all helpful information if your dog gets lost.

When it comes to training collars you have a few different options. There are prong collars, choke chain collars, live ring with dead ring snap collars, dog harnesses and head halters.

Each dog collar has plusses and minuses. Your decision on which one is right for you and your dog is individual, but spend some time thinking about your decision. As with any job having the correct equipment is crucial.

Training Tip

A common mistake made with dog training collars is only putting it on when you’re going to train. If the dog knows that he must behave when the collar is on, or face the unpleasant yank, he may think the rules don’t apply when the collar is removed. You don’t want to train a dog to be good only when he’s wearing his training collar.

To avoid this, put the collar on him randomly. Keep him guessing.

Of course when the training collar is on, he should be under your direct supervision to avoid getting hung up and potentially choking.