The Proper Use Of Your Dog Training ToolsAngela Bentley
Proper Use Of Your Dog Training Tools
These are just a few of the dog training tools out on the market used to help facilitate learning. Each one has its purpose and uses. Used correctly, none of these training tools should be needed for permanent management.
Headhalters can take some time for a dog to acclimate to the feel and pressure on the muzzle but once the dog has settled into the headhalter it can be used to guide a dog into heel position and keep him there. Care should be taken to avoid harm to the dog’s neck by not forcing the dog’s head sideways or downward into an unnatural position.
To use this type of dog training tool properly, the owner should have the dog next to their leg in heel position and hold the leash so the dog has just enough slack to walk by the owners side. Any forging ahead should be met with a slight twist of the wrist or slight tug backward. Never give a leash correction with a headhalter!
Pinch collars are said to be power steering for dogs but instead of letting your dog pull at will against the prongs of the collar why not teach him how to avoid being uncomfortable. First, fit the pinch collar so that it is snug but not tight. Have the dog walk at heel position and any forging should be met with a twist of the wrist to quickly tighten and loosen the collar. For stronger dog’s, pop the leash towards your mid body or lower and make a quick about turn to get the dog back in heel position. Never let the leash tighten. As soon as the dog is out of position, correct with the leash pop and about turn. Soon your dog will be walking nicely without straining on the prongs.
Choke or Check chain collars need to be fitted so they can release their grip and not sit tightly on the dog’s neck. With your dog facing you, make the collar into a circle and let out some slack on one end. Put the collar on the dog when the collar is in the shape of a “P”. This will allow the collar to loosen quickly after a correction. If the collar is put on in the “q” shape, it will tighten and remain tight. A properly fit choke collar will only have 3 or 4 inches of extra chain extending after placement on the dog’s neck.
Any less and there will not be enough slack for a correction. Any more you will have to make bigger movements to make a simple correction. As with the prong collar, never let the leash tighten. Correct by giving a quick pop and doing an about turn. Practice this routine any time the dog is out of heel position and soon enough your dog will be walking nicely on a loose leash.