Puppies and Dogs For Sale in UK

Types of Training Collars for Dogs (Part 2)

Dogs need to be trained by their owners in order to help ensure that the dog is able to safely and positively interact with its owner, other people, other dogs and other animals. Dog training comes in many forms, including obedience training, which is training that teaches a dog to obey commands given by people–and in particular, its owner. Obedience training encompasses a wide range of tools, techniques and tricks; a common tool that people use when training their dog is the training collar.

Types_of_Training_Collars_for_Dogs 2Ordinarily, a dog collar is meant to allow pet owners to attach identification to a dog and to give the owner something to hook leashes onto when taking the dog outside. Training collars, on the other hand, are especially designed for use when a dog is being trained. The most common types of training collars for dogs are shock collars, martingale collars, slip collars, flat collars, and prong collars. Previously, we discussed flat collars, slip collars and martingale collars. Now let us take a look at the remaining two popular types of training collars: prong collars and shock collars.

Prong collars are collars which are made from chain links that have a blunted, open end which is bent or turned towards the neck of the dog. The purpose of the prong collar’s ‘prong-like’ design is twofold: one, to create a limited circumference which places a limit on how far the collar can actually tighten or constrict on the neck of the dog; and two, to allow the prongs to put pressure against the dog’s neck. Because of the design of the collar, the prongs cannot get close enough to the dog to pinch its neck or skin; but they do put pressure on the dog’s neck when used properly. Prong collars are sometimes considered to be a safer alternative to slip collars and martingale collars, which have the potential to harm a dog if used improperly. But even prong collars must be used correctly: the prongs should never face away from the dog’s skin, as this could lead to a body or head injury; plastic or rounded tips may need to be placed on the collar’s prongs if the prongs are causing skin irritation, matting or—usually in the case of a cheap prong collar—skin punctures.

Shock collars, sometimes referred to as electronic collars, are collars which contain a device that has the capability of creating electronic shocks to the dog wearing it. There are two types of shock collars: automatic and manual. Automatic shock collars, such as electric fence collars, will automatically transmit a shock when the dog triggers something—such as, in the case of electric fence collars, passing a certain boundary point placed in the owner’s yard. Manual shock collars can only transmit an electric shock when a remote device used by a handler is operated. Shock collars, although relatively popular, are considered to be controversial: they are banned in some countries, and many veterinarian and dog training professionals condemn their use as unnecessary and cruel.

Tags: , ,