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Types of Training Collars for Dogs (Part 1)

Dog training is essential to the safety and happiness of dogs, their owners, and anyone—or anything—that may interact with that dog during its lifetime. There are several different types of dog training; one of the most common types of dog training is called obedience training. Obedience training is training that teaches a dog to respond to certain commands—or on other words, to obey its owner. There are hundreds of techniques, tricks and tools that pet owners can utilize during obedience training for their dog. The most common tools, and one that pet owners often turn to first, are training collars.

Types_of_Training_Collars_for_DogsTypically, a dog collar serves two functions: to allow pet owners to attach identification tags to the dog, which in some cases are required by law and can help the dog be recovered if it becomes lost; and to give the owner something to hook a leash on when the dog is being kept outside or taken for walks.

Training collars for dogs are collars specifically designed for use while a dog is being trained. Some training collars are designed with a specific purpose in mind, while others are designed for that catch-all period when a dog is being trained as a puppy. The most common types of training collars for dogs are flat collars, slip collars, martingale collars, prong collars, and shock collars. Let’s first take a look at three of the most popular training collars: flat collars, slip collars, and martingale collars.

Flat collars are simply the typical “regular collar” the most pet owners purchase in pet stores when buying a collar for their new dog. They are often used during puppy training because they can be made with quick-release latches that will ensure the dog is not choked or harmed if it becomes overexcited or overzealous during training. Their flat design is also more comfortable for sensitive dogs, such as most breeds as puppies.

Slip collars, more popularly referred to as choke chains, are collars made from either rolled material or metal links with a metal ring on each end. The concept behind the slip collar is to get the dog’s attention with a quick clicking sound, made when the collar is pulled. Slip collars are often used when dogs are being taught how to properly walk–for example, teaching a dog that yanking their leash or running ahead of their owner is unacceptable. Slip collars are declining in popularity, however, due to the fact that is very easy to misuse them—even accidentally—which can actually cause the dog to choke or become strangled. It is important to note that these collars should not be around a dog’s neck when the dog is unsupervised due to the potential for injury.

Martingale collars, which are sometimes referred to as limit-slip collars, are collars made from a flat material with a section that is fixed in length; when this section is pulled on by a leash, this section tightens up–to a certain extent. Martingales are popular because they are looser than regular flat collars when they are not tightened, but they are not as harsh or potentially dangerous as regular slip collars.

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