The different types of dog collars

With so many different dog collars in the market, choosing the right dog collar for your dog may not be an easy task. As with dog breeds, there are no good or bad dog collars. Dog collars selection depends greatly on the purpose of buying a dog collar in the first place. Dog collars are mainly used for controlling dogs and dog training purposes.
If all you want is a dog collar that allows you to attach a dog leash and a dog tag, normal dog collars will do the job. Though normal dog collars come in different designs (buckle, slip, metal, etc.) and textures (nylon, cotton or leather), they all will allow you to keep your dog on the leash. Just make sure that the dog collar is strong enough to keep your dog without injuring him. 
However, if you are looking for a dog training collar, chain choke or slip collars are available. These dog training collars work with a leash. When the leash is pulled, the dog collar tightens to restrain the dog. This discomfort will signal to the dog that his behavior is incorrect and gradually, the dog's mistakes are corrected.
The setback of these dog collars is that they may be effective only with the owner's presence. Nevertheless, choke dog collars can provide quick correction and are affordable and easy relatively to use. Use dog training collars carefully to avoid injuring your dog and creating more dog training problems.

Next, you have shock collars, otherwise known as electronic dog collars or remote dog training collars. These are dog training collars that work by delivering electric discomfort to dogs to signal "correction" without using a leash. Dog shock collars usually come with multiple levels of electric intensity and can work remotely up to different range, from 100 meters up to 1 kilometer and beyond.

Shock collars have been proven effective in controlling dangerous dogs misbehaviors, such as chasing cars. These dog collars have also been adapted to be used as bark control collars or anti bark collars. As the name implies, bark control collars are used to stop dog barking, especially nuisance barking.

Though more expensive and slightly more complex than ordinary dog training collars, shock collars are highly effective. Because they are "remote dog training collars", the dogs will connect the punishment to the misbehavior and not the owner giving the shock. Hence, dogs are likely to behave even beyond dog training sessions and without the owner's presence.

All these electronic dog training collars and bark control collars are uncomfortable to dogs. Your dog must be introduced to dog training collars gradually. Otherwise, dog training collars might dampen instead of help your dog training efforts.

It's important to remember that dog collar is only part of your dog training exercise. You still need proper dog training techniques, praise and affection, dog treats and toys for successful dog obedience training. Dog collars are merely dog training aids. A well trained dog is one that is obedient even without a dog collar! 


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