Secrets of the Professional Dog Trainer’s Leash and Collar!

The leash and collar you use to train your dog will be two of the most important elements of your training success.

The leash I recommend my clients use is generally a three/eighths to half-inch, six-foot leather leash. I like working with leather because leather is easier on your hands, it’s easier on your dog, and it enables you to give a sharper and more motivational correction.

Generally, I recommend using one of the thinner width leashes, because once you begin the healing exercises, the leash becomes much easier to manipulate between your fingers than one of the wider varieties.

The training collar I generally use is called the pinch collar ( or sometimes referred to as the “prong” collar.) When most people first see the pinch collar, they think it is some kind of cruel, medieval torture device. In reality, the pinch collar is actually safer than probably any other training collar on the market.

The pinch collar consists of several small prongs which are linked together. It is important to recognize that these prongs are definitely NOT spikes… and they in no way dig into your dog’s skin or otherwise hurt him. Instead, the pinch collar is designed to replicate the way the mother dog corrects her puppies.

Secondly, it also works to simulate the way the alpha dog corrects the subordinate dogs in the pack–which is by giving the subordinate dog a small nip on the neck, and sometimes on the ear, muzzle, or flank– but usually it is on the neck… which is why we use the pinch collar. Of course, you can use your own mouth to administer the correction, but you’ll probably end up getting hair in your teeth!

The pinch collar is a safer collar for many reasons.

First, when you give your dog a correction with the pinch collar, you will find that it is much easier to give your dog a motivational correction without having to resort to physical strength. Remember, one motivational correction is better than 100 nagging corrections which don’t do any good. In the end, your dog will end up being frustrated when you find yourself giving nagging corrections when you could be communicating much more effectively and efficiently. In essence, the pinch collar is like power steering.

Secondly, the pinch collar works like a camera lens in that the correction is administered all the way around the dog’s neck, rather than focusing the correction all at one point–like the choke and slip collars do. What we’ve found from various studies, is that the choke and slip collars can actually do damage to your dog’s trachea, as well as irritate the skin and hair around the neck.

All because the correction focuses on one specific part of the dog’s neck. Also, the pinch collar, if used correctly, just gives the dog a minor pinching sensation.


Dog Training Tips For The Dog Collar and Leash

It is important that every dog learns to feel comfortable with a collar and lead, as this will be required when taking the dog to public places.

Walking your dog with a collar and lead is a basic and important skill otherwise you will be one of those people where the dog takes them for a walk and they are forever straining to hold the dog back from running away. The bigger the dog, the bigger the problem.

Even if your dog is extremely well trained it is unwise to take it out without a collar and lead as accidents can happen. The dog might get scared from unexpected noise or another dog might attract its attention and it could run off. If the dog is in new surroundings it could also get spooked by new noises and run off without thinking. Having a collar with good identification will help you to locate your dog should it ever go missing so this is an important safety factor that we all hope we never have to rely on.

You must always choose a collar that your dog will feel comfortable with as it will be wearing it a lot of the time and you can’t even start leash training until your dog has become accustomed to the collar. On puppies it is not unusual for them to try to remove the collar when they first start wearing it.

It is best to simply ignore your puppy and they will soon get used to wearing it. You can help by distracting it with toys or playing with it so it forgets that it is even wearing a collar. Once your dog has accepted wearing the collar you can begin leash training.

A Dog Training Tip For Boosting Your Dog’s Intelligence with Toys

There are many benefits in giving your dog the right toys to play with. While most people think that dog toys are only to relieve boredom this is not the only use for these toys.

Sure dog toys are excellent for relieving boredom and are especially good where you might have to leave your dog on it’s own for periods of time, but there are other reasons why you should consider buying your dog toys.

Some dog toys are designed to boost their intelligence where they will only get a reward after they have performed certain tasks. These toys are a very effective method of training. Other toys help a dog to know what they can chew and in doing so you can save yourself a lot of expense by not having to replace expensive items throughout the house that can be destroyed at the teeth of your pet.

There are chewing toys that will help your dog strengthen and keep their teeth clean and there are toys that will help teach your dog with retrieval training. You really need to decide what you want the toys for before buying and also to determine what the personality of your dog is before you can get the right toys for it.

Some toys are designed to last for a short period of time when they will be replaced by new ones, and these are often the chewing variety. Some toys of the chewing variety are flavored so you will need to check first to see what ingredients they have used for the flavoring or you might be buying a toy that your dog is allergic to.

These toys with flavoring often have preservatives in them so beware. With such a wide variety of toys available on the market these days there is certain to be something that your dog will enjoy and make their life all the more happy.

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book. This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.