Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dog Training Tools (Part 1)

By: Amanda Purviance
Owner: Train Me Dog Training                                                                            
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Dog Training Tools (Part 1)
Sometimes I can get caught up with the latest gadgets in the human world, I know I certainly drool over the IPad and think about replacing my 4-year-old laptop when I walk into the electronic stores. But what about dog training tools? What is a tool? What are the best tools? And do all tools and or techniques, work the same from dog to dog?

This will be a series of pictures and informational demonstrations to enlighten the reader as to the tools that I have in my dog trainer’s pouch.
I will begin by explaining the different types of collars and what they are used for.


Flat-Buckle Collars:
These are the most common type of collars that are seen on dogs, ranging from the plain single color from $5.00 to the fancy ones that can range as much as $30+ in the stores. Does one work better than other for the price? No, a flat buckle works as a tether to the leash and holds identification tags.  However, these are invaluable to have on your dog in case they slip out and become lost.



Martingale Collars
This collar is a mix between a flat buckle collar and a choke chain. They work on giving minor corrections and work well on sensitive dogs that are having difficult time learning to heel. These can be used in place of a regular flat collar but I must warn people that there is a choking hazard if left on and unattended. They work by creating pinching sensations when they are pulled tight. To work the most effectively they must be on the dog tight enough to not slide around on the dog’s neck.



“Chain” Collar
“Chain” Collar are probably my least favorite tool to use as a dog trainer. They come in many varieties, some plain metal, others with a cloth woven in and out of the metal links.  I believe that they are not as effective at corrections as the other tools. I got rid of this after a few months of using it.  To be the most effective it must be placed high on the dog’s neck, but the slack that the chain collar allows makes it slip lower on the dog’s neck therefore nulling all to most of the corrections I would use it for.



Prong Collars
Looking at this device it looks as if it came straight from a medieval torture chamber. However, this is one of the best tools, IF USED CORRECTLY.  For many dogs only a few corrections need to be made to see their problems on the leash be corrected. Many people refer to this as “Power-Steering” for dogs. I like the idea of only having to do two corrections with a prong collar as opposed to using a choke chain or flat buckle and giving anywhere from 20 to 40 corrections to see the same result.


This ends the basic correction collar segment and be sure to check back next week for the next installment of dog trainer tools!

Written: Febuary 8th, 2012 by Amanda Purviance


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