Dog Training Collars for Different Ways to Train
collars are an effective way of developing your
dog’s behaviour and obedience. There are three
main types of dog training collar and each one should
be used properly to get the results you want without
harming your dog.
Collars (Choke Chains)
Perhaps the most common dog training collar, a slip
collar is designed to allow the trainer to quickly
close and release the collar around a dog’s
neck. Dogs learn to not repeat a behaviour when
they feel the chain close.
A slip collar must be put on a dog
properly, with the end coming from the lead around
the back of the dog’s neck. This allows the
chain to quickly slacken when released. When training,
quickly tug then add slack to the lead whenever
you need to correct behaviour.
The consequences of not using a
slip collar properly can be disastrous. Do not pull
too hard on the lead, just enough for your dog to
take notice. Also, you should not keep pulling on
the lead for an extended period.
Collar (Pinch Collar)
Similar to a slip collar in design, prong collars
have prongs on the inside of the collar. When the
lead is tugged, the prongs pinch the dog’s
neck. Unlike a slip collar, a prong collar has a
limit to how much it will close around a dog’s
Many owners are concerned about
prong collars because of the impression that the
prongs stab into the dog’s neck. In fact,
a prong collar, with a limited circumference and
by evenly spreading pressure all around a dog’s
neck, is at least as safe as a slip collar.
An e-collar looks similar to a regular dog collar,
but it is equipped with an electrical system that
can deliver a sensation to the dog. Using a remote
control device, a trainer can deliver a small charge
through the e-collar whenever behaviour needs to
An e-collar is an ideal way to train
your dog off-leash. Incorrect behaviour is addressed
immediately, so your dog quickly and easily learns
the correct action, without needing a lead on which
In all cases, it is important to
only use dog training collars only when training
and while you are paying close attention to your
dog. Leaving a training collar on when you are not
working with your dog could lead to serious accidents.
Each time you finish training, remove the training
collar from your dog and replace it with the regular
The dog training specialists at
Alpha Paws can help you determine the best dog training
collar for your needs.