Time and time again we’ve experienced neighbors who’ve knocked meekly on our doors to tell us yet again of tales of mischief and misbehavior courtesy of our beloved pets. Rather than have to sign up for behavioral classes or training sessions that can take up too much of our time and money, you’d rather go online and browse for the best dog training collars and shorten the entire process to your advantage.
But how exactly do you find the best dog training collars? Do you even have an idea of what they actually do and how to use them? Most people know dog collars to be used for purposes of identification, control and fashion but for training? Actually, dog collars are the most common method used for training dogs and if you want to do things right, you’ll need the proper equipment as well as determination to keep your dog on the right path.
The first thing you need to do is talk to your vet about your selection of dog collars. He or she will take your dog’s breed and medical background into account to ensure your dog’s safety. The next thing is to make sure you can train your dog, that he sees you as a leader of his pack, otherwise he will feel that he has no reason to obey you. So to sum it up, you need to have both the right equipment and the right attitude to set things straight for him.
The next thing you need to know is that there are many types of dog collars that you can choose from based on your dog’s size, disposition and training need. If you require just a simple leash and collar because they don’t have issues on the walk, remember to always walk with your dog by your side or behind you to establish your position in the pack.
Now as you know, training your dog takes time but if you don’t have the time to spare, you can always opt for those electronic dog training collars that are commandeering a good spot in the market these days. They are easy to use and have small lightweight transmitters and a wide range of stimulation levels because these are best used for underground/electric fence training and dogs with barking problems. They correct misbehavior either with a warning noise or an electrical shock.
It may also be prudent to note that new dog owners should not consider using electronic training collars unless they’ve had training themselves on using them as otherwise, this can result in trauma both for the dog and you. These are also generally not recommended to be used as positive reinforcement.
Now if your dog happens to have issues on the walk, you can go for a slip collar which is great for correcting any misbehavior. If your dog for example, gets easily distracted by squirrels, other dogs or even just by a gust of wind, this is great for pulling him back and getting him back on track. Just give the leash a quick, firm pull sideways because if you pull it straight back, your dog will pull against you. However, if you give it a quick tug to the side, he will get knocked off balance and you will definitely get his attention.
Another type of collar you can use is the illusion collar, which helps keep the slip collar at the top of the neck, which also happens to be its most sensitive part. This is best for dogs that have issues on the walk, particularly with pulling. Putting the collar at the top will help your dog become more sensitive to your movements and react to what you are trying to tell them.
And last but not the least, there’s the harness. This is great if you want your dog to pull you around, like when you’re on rollerblades or riding your bike. This is also the best option for dogs with pushed-in faces that restrict breathing like pugs, dogs with trachea or throat problems like Pomeranian’s and dogs with elongated and slender necks like Greyhounds.
The most important thing to remember when training your dog is to make sure you pay attention to your energy. Be a pack leader and understand that the leash is a non-verbal way of communicating with your dog. Stand up tall and look ahead, take note of your body language and soon you’ll be experiencing what it’s like to have a really well-behaved dog.