Have you ever observed that those who assert themselves as “instant experts” often hold strong opinions on various dog collar types? They contend that each one is inherently flawed for different reasons.
A regular flat dog collar is faulted for its inability to deter dogs from pulling, while a slip collar is criticized for its potential to cause choking. It’s challenging to fathom anyone endorsing either of these choices.
Then there’s the pinch collar, which, as its name implies, administers a pinching sensation to the dog, and the electronic collar that administers shocks. Once again, it’s hard to envision anyone promoting these approaches.
And what about constrictive harnesses or head halters? The former constricts a dog’s internal organs and does not effectively prevent pulling, while the latter can cause harm to the dog’s eyes and neck.
Clearly, these options are far from ideal.
If all this discussion has left you feeling uncertain about training your new dog, you’re not alone. Much of this confusion is perpetuated by “click-and-treat” dog trainers who appear more interested in promoting their services, books, and CDs than in empowering you to train your own dog.