Dog Training Collars - Flat and Slip Collars
Collars that are used for the purpose of training dogs have
their disadvantages and advantages. Sometimes a collar isn't
used at all for dog training, as in the case of agility
tests where a collar could become caught on different course
aspects. Trainers should carefully select the training
collar that will achieve the purpose of the training they
are trying to accomplish.
Training collars are not typically kept on the dog all the
time like a regular dog collar, they are used for training times
and that is all. Some training collars are dangerous if left
on when the dog is left unsupervised.
Examples of Training Collars
Flat collars are used for training a dog to walk on a
They are usually buckle collars or quick-release collars.
Slip collars are also known as slip chains, choke collars or
choke chains. They are usually a chain that has one looped
end pulled through the other end's loop. These are supposed
to go on the neck behind the ears of the dog, never around
the neck. Their purpose is to tighten when pulled on,
constricting the dog's neck slightly and so getting its
Slip Collars must be put on the dog correctly or they can
defeat the collar's purpose or even injure the dog. The
leash must be attached to the loose end of the collar and
put onto the dog's neck so that the collar constricts only
when the leash is pulled. When the leash is connected to the
"dead ring" the collar will not contract and the dog may
escape. If the collar is put on "upside down" the collar
will constrict and not release, so choking the dog.
Some trainers use the Slip Collar for training purposes or
to restrain a dog that is over enthusiastic by giving it
more of a warning to discontinue the bad behavior. Giving it
quick, gentle, immediate jerks and then quick release uses
it correctly. This is known as a correction, snap or leash
pop. This lets the dog know that the behavior that it is
exhibiting is inappropriate and it should stop.
The action of a slip collar mimics the behavior of a
correction made by another pack mate. A dog that is not
behaving correctly will be punished by the Alpha male of the
pack by being rolled over onto it's belly and the Alpha dog
will bite down on it's neck, constricting it but not
breaking the skin, until the other dog submits.
The reason that these collars have been called "choke"
chains is that there is no limit to how much constriction
the chain can put on the dog's neck. They literally can
choke a dog to death if they are used incorrectly. When a
choke chain is used properly it just pinches the neck a
little and will not constrict to the point of becoming
WARNING: A slip collar should never be used as a common
collar on a dog unless you are supervising the dog. Never
should a dog be left on a choke collar when left alone,
unless the leash is attached to the dead ring. Also, a choke
collar should be at least an inch away from the dog's neck
Balto always wears his dog collar.
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