Dog Training Collars

Written by Sarah Provost
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There are several varieties of dog training collars, including choke or slip collars, anti-bark collars, "invisible fence" collars and remote training collars. These are all designed to administer an unpleasant stimulus to the dog when he engages in unwanted behavior, roams where he's not supposed to or disobeys an already-learned command. The stimulus may be a pinch, a scent, a sound or a mild electric shock.

Manual Dog Training Collars

Choke or slip collars can be made of metal chain, leather or nylon, and are made to work with a leash. When the leash is pulled, the dog's neck is pinched uncomfortably. The tension on the leash should be released immediately and administered in more short pulls as needed. Hauling back on the leash or keeping continuous pressure on it can injure the dog's spine and/or windpipe.

Automatic dog training collars administer a spray of citronella, an unpleasant sound or an electric shock when triggered by a stimulus. Invisible fences emit signals that administer correction to the dog when he nears an area that has been staked out as a boundary. Other automatic collars respond to the sound or vocal-chord vibrations of barking dogs, to eliminate nuisance barking.

Dog training collars manipulated by a trainer with a remote control comprise the third category. These can be used to correct negative behavior such as excessive barking or chasing cars. They are also used to reinforce already-learned behavior. The most effective training is accomplished by first using praise and treats to teach a behavior and then using training collars to discourage disobedience.


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