See my students
Types of Collars
for the week
1: You need to use a
choke collar to leash train your dog.
makes no sense. Choke
collars do exactly what they say -- they cut off all your
dog’s air supply! Needless
to say, it’s a health hazard and you can do serious damage
to your dog’s esophagus! There
is an appropriate way to use a choke collar.
They should not be used in all situations.
Avoid trainers who will throw a choke collar on every dog
that walks through the door.
2: You need a prong
(spike or pinch) collar to train “tough” dogs.
collars have spikes that jab into your poor dog’s neck every
time you jerk the leash. And
you know what? Most
people do NOT need to discipline their dogs this way!
Only experienced, trained dog professionals should be
using prong collars -- and only for special situations!
Some dogs have too much muscle around their neck to even
feel the pinch. The
average dog owner should NEVER be advised to use these collars!
3: You need an electronic shock
collar to stop your dog’s barking.
one makes me mad. It’s EASY to
stop a dog’s barking without using something as inhumane as shocking.
And you know what? Studies
show that these shock collars only work a small percentage of the time anyway,
and the dog just learns to be afraid of the collar (or worse…they learn to
be afraid of what they are barking at, making the problem worse).
Never mind the serious damage these collars do to your dog.
4: You need to dominate you dog by
using physical force (smacking, hitting, choking).
yes, your dog needs to view you as his “pack leader”.
But you don’t earn this respect by beating your dog!!!!
There is never a good reason to hit your dog!!
In the wild, a pack leader doesn’t suddenly overreact and beat its
pack members into the ground. A
pack leader is calm, consistent, and fair.
So hitting you dog won’t win his respect -- it’ll just make him
fearful of you. And fear can lead
5: You need to yell at your dog,
so it perceives you as tough.
leads back to number 4. The pack
leader needs to stay calm and consistent.
To a dog, yelling sounds like frantic barking -- which confirms in
their mind that something is wrong! A
good trainer can easily control their dog with a quiet whisper and hand
signals. A lead dog doesn’t yell
at the pack. The lead dog signals
the dogs in the pack what to do with a tail or ear flip/twitch.
This is why dogs respond to hand signals a lot more consistently than