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Friday, October 5, 2012

What Collar Is Best For Dog Training?

If dog owners are opinionated about one thing, it’s collars. Here’s your chance to voice your opinion on why you should or should not use a certain training collar!


Personally, I love how the Halti helps me control my overly enthusiastic golden retriever clients (Molly and Cooper) when we go on our weekly walks or else they'd pull me in ten different directions! I also love that the Halti Head Collar allows me to direct them without tugging at their necks.

Every dog is different and there is no collar best for all dogs. I tried the Halti Head Collar on  Daisy on several occasions and I love that I am the one who is walking her and not the reverse. However, she doesn't appreciate it as much as I do!



Another collar that is the perfect fit for Daisy is the pinch/prong collar. By "perfect fit" I want to emphasize that the collar is never fitted to the point where, if a correction is given, the collar pinches. Instead, even pressure is applied around her neck.  The prong collar is "self-correcting" so if Daisy pulls, rarely is extra pressure, or a correction, needed. 

I use this collar only on days when she will be walking with dogs who tend to make her misbehave. Otherwise, Daisy will either be wearing a


     Premier Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness,

                  
                  a martingale no-slip collar


             or a choke chain collar.

What collar do you think is best for dog training and why?

19 comments:

  1. As they say horses for courses, it depends. I hate the halti. I will do anything to get it off so I now have a standard collar and lead. Score Me 1 Peeps 0. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Daisy doesn't like the Halti either but it makes for an easy walk for me! I rarely put it on her and she's thankful for that!

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  2. I've just always had a regular collar, even when in training. So I can only say, a regular collar.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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    1. You must've been an excellent walker from the time you were born, Goose, and you are fortunate! I got Daisy just before she turned one so she had a lot of bad habits that needed correcting. Thankfully, she is a lot better on her walks now and a regular collar works fine, most of the time!

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  3. Odd you should blog about this - as earlier in the week I was blogging about prong collars: http://postboxsheep.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/prong-collars-are-you-for-or-against.html

    I think for training a dog you should start off with a regular collar and lead. If a dog can walk sensibly on a normal collar and lead combo then they're pretty chilled out and well trained. I see Halti's make things easier for the owner, but I've seen dogs who walk on halti harnesses put on a lead and they turn into maniacs. Doesn't seem like a route I wanna go down!

    For training once Nanook's old enough he'll get a prong collar, for now he is pulling on his normal lead and collar thinking it'll get him somewhere haha

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    1. Your thoughts are appreciated and well-researched and I thank you for your opinions! I will read your post immediately! As I mentioned in another comment, I adopted Daisy just before her first birthday and it was obvious to me that she hadn't been walked very much when I took her for her first walk so I had to try a variety of collars in order to find out which one was the best for training. Luckily, she's gotten a lot of practice because she gets to walk with a lot of clients daily! Thanks for your input!

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  4. We've changed our throughout the year, and each dog has several. For Monty we have a halti and a gentle leader, we use the halti in crowds when we need more control of his head. Sam has graduated to a gentle leader after years of being on slip collars, the halti helped him the most. Our first golden was on a simple slip collar, when she wore one - she was that good. And we just snapped a leash to Cisco's flat collar - she was always good but couldn't be let off leash because of being blind.

    Sam

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    1. Not all dogs are the same in temperament or size so it is best, in my opinion, to try different training collars until one is the right fit! Thanks for sharing your opinion and experience as we all need advice in this area!

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  5. Train a Doxie?????? Get real. We are untrainable and we do exactly what we want....when we want!

    :o)

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    1. Very funny, Amber! Doxies can be very stubborn but they are cute!

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  6. Chewy is a big puller when walk, so bad that it looks like he's walking on his chest, lol! I tried the halter that went around the chest, and while it somewhat worked, I found that it rubbed Chewy raw underneath his pits (he has no fur in his pits). I then tried the head collar and it works like a charm! (Although Chewy's not particular fond of it and sometimes mid-walk will stop and try to get it off.) What is annoying about the head collar is that people think it's a muzzle and that he bites, I'm constantly getting "Oh, he bites" and I'm always having to explain what it is!

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    1. Yes! The comment, "Why are you making your dog wear a muzzle?" is what bothers me every time I walk Daisy while she wears a head collar aka Halti! I then have to go into a full explanation of what the Halti is vs. a muzzle so as not have people think I'm being cruel to her! To be honest, that comment is what has stopped me from using the Halti but I find the Halti works well for Daisy!

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  7. We don't wear collars.... If we did, the boys would want them to be blue to match their eyes. I know you're talking function here. And it was a great post for that.

    Have a great weekend.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy, and Knuckles

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  8. We are not sure since we have flat noses we can't use the gentle leader.
    Benny & Lily

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  9. Floyd and I both use back attach harness, but our peeps aren't that happy with them. We both pull on the lead when we walk, but Floyd pulls HEAPS, he walks on his back legs some times while he's walking. Our peeps tried using a halti collar with him, but it didn't work, he HATED it and took it off in about 30 seconds flat.

    They're going to try an easy walk next, but are just waiting for the pet shop to get one in his size. :) We hope it works so walkies isn't such hard work!

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  10. I completely forgot about the fact that Daisy and some of my clients knew how to take those Halti's off during our walks! While I understood why they would want to take them off it is also very dangerous!
    Good luck with the easy walk harness!

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