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Flat collars provide an easy way to attach visual identification to your dog, such as identification tags, but they can be potentially dangerous in certain situations. A second downside to this type of collar is that according to a study in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association in 2006, pressure generated when dogs pull while wearing these collars raises the pressure in the eye.
Beware of choke chains in dogs with short noses, bulging eyes, and small tracheas (or trachea prone to tracheal collapse).
When I started training dogs over 20 years ago virtually all dogs who were in training wore choke chains. The pinch collar is almost as old as the choke chain in terms of dog training correction tools.
In case your wondering, I haven't recommended a pinch collar for any client in over a decade. Freedom Harness: This front-attaching harness has similarities to both the Easy Walk Harness and the Walk-in-Sync Harness.
Here’s a side view comparison of the Freedom Harness (left) to the Walk-in-Sync harness.
I recommend head halters a lot for those owners who want to speed up training and need help keeping their dog’s attention. The down-side of the head halter is that you often need to train dogs to enjoy wearing them and, while some dogs automatically walk nicely with the head halter, other dogs and their owners require some training. Once the dog loves putting his nose into the head halter and the owner puts it on, the owner may need to engage the dog in fun behaviors to distract him from the funny object on his face until the dog gets used to it. The next step in training dogs with a head collar is to train them that when they reach the end of the leash they are going nowhere. Snootloop (commonly used for dogs with shorter muzzles): This head halter has straps going from the neck loop to the nose loop. The Treat&Train® can be incorporated into teaching heeling exercises for competition obedience training.
I can see them being useful for someone who just want to slap a collar on to keep a dog from pullling (if they can take the time to fit the collar--it's not super easy if you are doing it for the first time. The dogs either still pull like crazy, but at an awkward angle or, the clever ones ,turn around and simply slip out of them by pulling backwards. Surprisingly (for me anyway) I found that dogs pull least and are calmest on back-attach harnesses -- at least with the H-style harnesses.
I find that with my own dogs simply slipping my hand in under the leather collar when they get toey seems to calm them.
My 'cowardly lion 'can cope with agility classes when wearing an H-style harness (no lead).
Really dog is very safe supported by collar and i impress this collar because this collar is very comfortable with dog.
In this article, I provide a summary of the pros and cons of some of the various collars and harnesses for dogs. These collars are the most convenient to slip on and off and are handy because they can hold your dog’s identification, rabies, and license tags. As a result, it may worsen the clinical signs or disease progression in dogs with glaucoma, thin corneas, and other eye conditions where the pressure in the eye is an issue.
Although I used choke chains for many years I never use them now that I have a better and more effective set of skills. For instance, if the dog starts to sniff and pull on a walk, you quickly brace yourself and give a quick yank in the hopes that the dog feels it enough to stop pulling. Besides the fact that my philosophy of training is to focus on rewarding the dog’s good behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted ones until the dog forms good habits, there are many medical and safety reasons too.
Even though they tighten, they are generally not used for giving a correction the way a choke chain is. The general dog owner tends to just let the dog pull and because pulling is uncomfortable and even painful to the dog, the dog may pull less.


Veterinarians routinely recommend that dogs, such as pugs with their short noses, and miniature poodles with their propensity for collapsing trachea wear harnesses. Unlike the Gentle Leader harness, it has a strap that attaches between the front legs and over the back. The Walk-in-Sync harness (top) has a strap that goes around the neck and one that goes around the ribs, as well as, additional straps on both the bottom and top connecting the neck portion to the rib portion.
Once their dogs are trained well enough, they may opt to switch to a different collar or to a harness.
Most owners who start their dogs correctly on one of these head halters find that the relatively small time investment getting the dogs used to the collar is well worth it. I've found the front attaching harnesses to be a pain to fit, and they do not work at all if they're not sized properly. I have always used the harness that clips on back and that would explain why there is so much pulling. Cattle Dog Publishing takes scientific principles of animal behavior and creates practical applications that are easy to understand and accessible for everyday use.
So dogs who have or are prone to any of these conditions should either be trained via a non-force-based method to walk on loose leash and never pull or they should wear a harness or halter type of collar (which we cover below). If that were true, then you’d be able to train dogs with a recording of the sound of a choke chain snapping, even if the dog had never received a choke chain correction before and was not sound sensitive. Rather, they are used because they are less likely to slip over the dog’s head when adjusted correctly than a flat collar is. So if the dog sees a cat and sprints forward and you decide to head the other way, your movement will help turn the dog around so that he’s facing the direction you want to travel. As a result, it allows for unhindered movement of the shoulders.This makes it a better choice for dogs competing in sports than the Gentle Leader harness. As a result it provides a little more freedom of movement of the shoulders than the Gentle Leader Harness, but it also provides more directional control than the Walk-in-Sync. I specifically choose head halters that help you guide the dog’s attention towards you rather than those that just keep the dog from extending his head forward. For some dogs that time is only a few seconds to a minute of pairing the head collar with food. Once the dog figures out that pulling harder does not work and instead steps back or turns to the owner such that the leash is hanging loose, then the owner can resume walking. The reason I wasn't in a rush to test them is that they do not help you redirect the dog's attention to you. I actually did meant to test them on shelter dogs (until I misplaced them when I moved from one house to my current home).
I looking to get a front clipping harness for my dog, but I plan on starting agility training with him this summer, so I don't want anything that will negatively affect his gait or muscles.
Her “pet-friendly” techniques for animal handling and behavior modification are shaping the new standard of care for veterinarians and petcare professionals. Dogs playing roughly and in a mouthy manner can get their mouth caught in the collar of another dog, causing panic in one or both dogs.
The next trainer I had taught me to first attach the leash to a fence so that I could practice the technique and get it right before I tried it on the dog. In other words, if that were true, someone who could have developed a little device that dogs can wear on their leash or flat collar that makes the sound of a choke chain snapping would be rich!
If the force from a dog pulling on a flat collar raises intraocular pressure, imagine how high that pressure must rise when you actually yank the dog with a thin chain! The biggest pitfall is that if the dog is fearful, say of another dog it sees, and it simultaneously feels the pain of the pinch collar, the dog may learn to associated the pain with the dog it fears and become more fearful of dogs. In general I avoid harnesses that hook on the back unless you want to train your dog to pull a cart or a sled.
Additional control occurs because this harness comes with a leash that attaches to the front and to the back of the dog and when you pull on the leash it tightens the harness around the dog.


The Freedom Harness (bottom) has a leash that attaches to the front and to the back of the harness and provides better control if the dog needs to be guided. For other dogs I recommend a little practice every day for a week so that the owners are sure the dog loves shoving his nose into the halter on his own. Better yet, the owner can reward the dog with a treat so that dog comes all the way back to her and then they can resume walking forward. But For me, training a dog isn't about just having him walk by your side or walk on loose leash, it's about training him to focus on you.
It seems like the freedom harness almost acts as an aversive with its tightening action around the abdomen, but I'm not sure.
As they struggle to get loose, the collar can tighten and dogs have suffocated as a result of this type of play. The technique was a lot like karate where you have to twist your hip to get enough power for your body and so that you can get the timing of the correction right.
Seasoned trainers also know that dog’s feel the correction more if you can keep the choke chain up high, right behind the ears. The second pitfall is that if the dog is highly excited, for instance, it wants to play with another dog and is lunging on the leash to reach the dog, the pain or aversive feeling they get from the collar can increase their excitement and arousal level. These harnesses actually help train your dog to ignore you and pull you because when you pull on the leash to try to gain some control, they direct the dog’s attention away from you.
It’s important that the dog learn that a tight leash and the associated pressure created means she should stop.
But for those dogs that tend to pull and need more work, I tend to recommend a front-attaching harness or a head collar of some sort.
The dogs I work with tend to be reactive, fearful, aggressive and it's important to get them focused on the owner so that the owner can provide direction and reward the dog for alternate more appropriate behaviors.
Dogs who are the object of this type of rough play should wear break-away collars, similar to the break-away collars in cats, at least during play and unsupervised times. As a result, I'm more likely to limit its use in dogs that are competing in athletic sports. Plus dogs can best pay attention to their owners if they are actually focusing on their owners, which they can do best if they are looking at their owners. If the dog is not taught this and tends to act impulsively, she may dart out after a cat or other object and hit the end of the leash with some speed.
Just preventing a dog from getting to another dog (without high rate of reinforcement for replacement behaviors) is not good enough. Some owners opt to avoid collars or any gear at all unless they are taking their dog on a walk. That same pressure on the shoulder that hinders shoulder movement,can be a benefit in some cases where you might actually need to hinder the dog’s front end. For instance, if a dog sees another dog and wants to pull and lunge, the owner can gently redirect the dog’s attention back to herself and then engage the dog in more appropriate and equally fun behaviors that they have practiced such as run after me and get a treat or play with a toy. The inventor says the dogs will just magically calm down and that focus on humans is not important. For instance if the dog’s bigger than you and can potentially take you skiing, this harness may help you keep him safe. Even in the emergency situation, if the owner is paying attention, they can prevent neck wrenching if they gradually tighten the leash rather than letting the dog dart forward on a loose leash so that she suddenly hits the end.
They can get caught on something and tighten to the point where they strangle the panicked dog. I was actually going to also test the collars on reactive dogs to see (and videotape) if they did calm down and did also want to see how difficult or easy it was to get dogs used to wearing the collars.



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