Walking the dog is an important activity between dogs and their owners as it makes for great bonding time and provides some much needed exercise for the dog. Sometimes walking the dog can be difficult, especially if your dog is pulling you around, which makes it important to train your dog to walk beside you during walks. Some dogs are more challenging to train than others but with these special types of collars, you can effectively take control of your dog during walks and train them to walk beside you without pulling you in different directions.
The Choke Chain
The phrase choke chain may make many dog owners uncomfortable but the term is misleading as the collar does not actually choke the dog. The tightening and releasing pressure from the collar is just an uncomfortable pressure to train dogs to obey and if it is done correctly, it will not cause harm to your dog. This collar is great for keeping excited dogs under control and guiding absent minded dogs but it is not effective to use when training from scratch. It is important to make sure the choke chain is the right size and that you use it correctly with a firm tug and release to avoid hurting your dog.
The Gentle Leader
The Gentle Leader is a rather odd collar that wraps around the dog’s nose and fastens around the neck. The leash attaches to the collar at the nose which allows you to control the dog’s head. This configuration relieves the pulling and makes it easier to control dogs that must sniff everything on a walk. Gentle Leaders are great for teaching your dog to heel but are ineffective on dog breeds with small noses and faces.
The Training Lead
The training lead is a slip collar that works in similar fashion to a choke chain. It slips on right over the dog’s head and tightens when you pull it. Even though the training lead is made of nylon, it is important to apply the same pull and release technique as with choke chains to avoid hurting the dog. This collar is great for training and everyday use but it should only be put on the dog before a walk.
By using these collars, you can train your dog to walk beside you during walks which will make the experience much more enjoyable for you and your dog. Make sure to look into each collar type or ask a professional for more information if you are not sure which collar would work best for you. If you work unconventional hours and cannot walk your dog during the day, contact The Pet’s Home for dog walking services. Regular exercise is important for raising a happy, healthy dog.