Aug 21, 2009

Tell us what type of training collar you use and why AND you could win!

I am looking for advice on the training collar that you use on your dog and why you chose to use it.
Please comment on the following questions:
  1. Type of collar used
  2. Type of training completed with use of said training collar
  3. How effective was your training collar and method used? Meaning, how obedient is your dog after training as a result of your collar and method used.

All comments will be entered into a drawing to win a donation of $50 to the pet charity of the winners choice and a treat bag for their pet.

17 Treats:

Lean said...

Sorry we can´t help you Misty is epileptic for 4 years now.Thats a little to much for her...she will love go to dogsschool.But we are al ready thank full she is still with us.The vet told us al ready she is not getting old en she is already for 2 years at the max. of medicine....yes we are very jealous at al your action.
Bye bye.Lean&Misty.

Erin and the Furry Troops said...

I use Martingale/Half Choke/Slip Collars (they have a lot of names). Mainly because the dog can't slip out of them, and if i do need to leash correct, it won't hurt them.

That being said, do keep in mind (as I'm sure you know) that is not the collar that makes the dog behave, but you and what you've taught the dog.

I'm sure you see dogs in prong and choke collars,harness etc.. behaving bad, that's because its their owners lack of training them, not the collar or harness.

Anyways, I hope that helps!

The J.A.Z Pack! said...

Hi Addie!
We always use a prong collar when heavier training is needed. These collars function in a similar way to choke collars but are safer for the dog. The difference is that they inflict a small amount of pain instead of the choking sensation from the choke collars. The collars are meant to be used with short, quick snapping motions to briefly tighten around the dogs neck and cause a midly painful correction. We have found them to very effective for our dogs. We have used these collars to stop leash pulling and in the case of our Mastiff to redirect is attention when other dogs or people are around.

Hope you find something that works!

The Brax Blog said...

I use Martingale (Half Choke) collars.
It works to help dogs stop pulling, and to keep head up. And it doesn't hurt or choke the dogs like some collars can.
Also can be used for puppies under 6 months of age without harming their neck.

It works quite well, and because of the chain part it gives a little sound when pulled, not anything that could hurt- but will get the dog to pay attention to you.
This collar is also what my guide dog school suggests using.

Hope you can find what your
looking for!

Princess Eva and Brice said...

We've tried most types (except for the e-collar) but have the best response with a combination of a limited slip collar, a clicker and positive reinforcement.

But then Brice is very food driven and loves to train. He'd be further along if I wasn't holding him back. I have to be very careful because he picks up on slight changes in my posture and facial expressions and then gets frustrated because I'm giving him conflicting messages.

Good luck with your training!

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Hi sweet friends!!!!
Are you all ok?????
We started using a collar around the neck of our babies....
But It didn't work very well mostly with Paco that continued to pull a lot!!!!
So we tryied to use Harness...and...
Paco and Milo and Now baby Maya enjoyed it a lot!!!!
MAybe because they didn't feel them neck closed into a collar.....or because the harnesses leave the dogs more "Free" to be themselves!!!
Whatever is the Paco don't pull and we're very very very happy for that!!!!!
And Maya seems to love hearness a lot too!!!!
She tryied to wear a collar only one time but she was very very upset....with harness NO!!!!!!
HOPE to helped you dear friends!!!
And good luck with your training!!!!!
HAve a great weekend!!!
Sweet kisses to our 3 super special girls!!!!

Kim said...

Type Of Collar Used:
I use a plain buckle collar or a martingale collar when training my dogs. These are also their everyday collars, so I guess I don't have a specific training collar.

Type Of Training Completed:
Both my dogs have completed Novice Competition Obedience Classes and Bosley is working on Open Obedience. Both dogs have completed Advanced training in Agility and Maggie is in Masters Agility classes.

I train by building a good working relationship with my dogs, by making training fun and rewarding. I use lots of positive reinforcement so that they know when they are right, rather than using collar corrections. My dogs have softer temperaments and harsh corrections (verbal or collar) tend to "shut down" softer dogs. Dogs that are "shut down" often seem as if they are obedient - they do what you tell them - but they are not enjoying training. I want my dogs to love to train and be excited when it is time to train.

How Effective Was Your Training:
Both my dogs are titled in Obedience and Agility, so I guess they are somewhat obedient :) My dogs are not perfect - I don't expect them to be. I still think dog training is fun and my dogs still think training is fun, so we must be doing something right!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Our momma used a traditional chain training collar on us. She never, every jerked us around or choked us. Momma used lots of praise, love and treats! We are both very good doggies and are furry obedient - at least momma thinks so. But what she doesn't know is that we do all we do for her out of love and not because she had to teach us. We love her no matter what☺

Pipa said...

Hello! First of all let me say that the girls are lovely.

Everything changed around here when we sarted using the halti harness. I recently ordered a easywalk harness from the USA, and it works really great too. With Pipa, the wrong thing was the collar... she's definetely a harness girl.



Checkers said...

sorry - I don't wear a collar period - don't like them - and I'm too cute to have to be trained!

Raising Addie said...
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Raising Addie said...

Thank you very much for all of your comments! I found them very helpful!

At this point I am going to try a Martingale type collar and add even more praise and a treat she can't resist!

Our winner was The Brax Blog!

Have a great weekend!

Abagale said...

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Sagira said...

Even though your contest is over I wanted to share what we do with Sagira. We belong to a non-profit training club. We tried to train her on a normal buckle collar as I always thought the "choke" training collars were mean. But....we found that we needed one. We were shown how to use it and put it on properly to make it a training collar and not a choke chain. Sagira works very well on her collar and is now to the point where she has passed both her Canine Good Citizen exam and Therapy Dogs International exam. She is also doing agility now and doesn't need her collar as much as she used to. She knows to walk by our sides. Having a well trained dog is the best and I recommend joining a local training club if you have one. We have learned SO much and still have much more to learn. Best of luck! :)

Abbey said...

We use a flat collar, or no collar. Choke and prong collars especially are banned in Australia.

Martingales are new here and are not usually used in training.

To be honest my own thoughts are its not the collar, but the time and understanding an owner puts in.

Chels and Shy have had one hour weekly training, we have spent more time with Chelsea and it shows..

Both dogs can be unpredictable, though both have good 'manners'.. mostly with walking in crowds or shopping they have halters, though Chels could go without one

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

we use a martingdlae collars - mommy says we react well with time - she does not believe in choke collar and pinch collar - we have huge necks so the martingdlae is perfect for us so we cant back out like we can with regular collar.

we have used them in all aspects of our training (agility - rally - and obedience) and they works well

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

Lola Smiles said...

I'm a strong girl and have serious prey issues when I see a squirrel so Mom has a prong on me for our walks in da hood. I don't mind it. It's safer to use than a choke collar.

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