A look at different Dog Collar

A look at different Dog Collars

Head collars, exemplified by brands like Halti and Gentle Leader, operate on a straightforward principle—where the head leads, the body follows. These collars prove beneficial for dogs that exhibit pulling tendencies but lack significant strength, suffer from neck discomfort or medical issues such as a collapsing trachea, or struggle to divert their attention from stimuli. While some find value in using head collars, I hold the perspective that they are not universally suitable for most dogs, and here’s why.

Primarily, my concern revolves around the potential strain imposed on the dog’s neck, as the collar compels it into a c-curve for a faster walk. Sustaining this position consistently may lead to various issues, ranging from strained or torn neck muscles to possible structural deformities. Furthermore, head collars don’t effectively teach dogs to refrain from pulling; rather, they create resistance, providing the owner with a temporary advantage in the leash-based tug-of-war with the dog.

Notably, the Gentle Leader and Halti stand out as reputable brands within the realm of head collars. Their functionality is quite similar, with a key distinction being that the Halti is designed to close the dog’s mouth when the leash tightens. This feature renders it particularly useful for dogs undergoing behavior modification for biting tendencies, whether directed towards humans or fellow canines, as it allows the owner to close the dog’s mouth as needed.

The Harness

Harnesses are a common sight on dogs during walks, yet how often do we observe a dog in a harness pulling its owner along the street? Quite frequently, I’m sure. Here lies the challenge—the harness does not simplify the task of walking your dog. In fact, harnesses can inadvertently encourage pulling. Reflect on this for a moment, and the realization becomes clear. Consider dogs engaged in various activities: a Bernese Mountain Dog pulling a cart, a team of sled dogs navigating snow, a search and rescue dog covering ground to locate a missing person, and a Weimaraner skijoring with its owner. What do they all have in common? They wear harnesses.

While harnesses undeniably serve a purpose in the realm of dog training, they require careful consideration when employed to discourage leash pulling. It’s crucial for people to grasp the limitations of this tool. Notably, administering a leash correction becomes exceedingly challenging, if not nearly impossible, with a harness. Additionally, dogs may easily spin around at the end of the leash, making it challenging to keep them in a fixed position or facing forward.

However, if your dog is involved in training or sports activities that demand pulling or necessitate unrestricted body movement, a harness becomes a valuable tool. In my case, my dog wears a harness on two specific occasions. The first is during tracking exercises, and the second is during bite work training. This choice is deliberate, aiming to prevent any tension on his neck during these activities, utilizing the harness’s structure.

  1. No-Pull Harness Addressing the shortcomings of traditional harnesses, the No-Pull Harness was designed. By attaching the leash to a D-Ring at the front of the harness (located at the dog’s chest, between the shoulder blades), it empowers the owner to slow the dog down by exerting control in this area. However, it’s essential to note that while this harness doesn’t truly teach a dog to abstain from pulling, it mitigates the issue by restricting the dog’s pulling strength and range.
 
 

 

Slip Collars

Collar (also known as Choke Collar)
The slip collar, commonly unfairly referred to as a choke collar .This collar is designed to sit comfortably around a dog’s neck, tightening only in response to a leash correction. Unfortunately, due to widespread misinformation regarding its proper fitting, it often remains in a corrective state, leading to continuous tightness. Hence, the colloquial term “choke collar” aptly describes its effect—constricting the dog’s neck— Slip collars vary in diameters, gauges, and colors, yet they all serve the same purpose. What i do like abot slip collars are that they are the closest thing to a dog feeling its off lead as they ae always loose hence no contriction or feeling that its wearing something. Exactly the same as we wear chais around our necks but even forget that its on

Prong Collars

Often regarded as the most intimidating dog training collar, the prong collar, or pinch collar, deserves greater acknowledgment and understanding. Despite its appearance resembling a medieval torture device, this collar employs technology that facilitates effective training. While it’s true that improper use can cause damage to a dog’s neck, this risk applies to almost every other collar when used inappropriately.

Prong collars operate by applying pressure points around the dog’s neck, gently pulling the skin backward toward the nape. The presence of “points” in these collars may contribute to causing less structural damage to the neck, as there is no constant constriction. I find that prong collars are particularly effective for dogs that pull vigorously, possess strength both physically and mentally, and those that do not respond well to alternative tools. The learning curve with prong collars tends to be faster, leading to a reduced need for collar corrections over time.

Two crucial points to note: Firstly, when putting on a prong collar, it is not placed over the dog’s head. Instead, a link must be opened to encircle the neck, followed by secure re-linking. Secondly, the prong collar should be lightweight to prevent it from becoming burdensome for your dog due to excessive weight.