When you’re teaching your dog new behaviors, a training collar can be a great investment. However, there are a ton of types so choosing the right one may be challenging. We’ll go over your options so you can select the collar that works best for you and your pup.

Martingale Collars

This is a collar that works well for Whippers, Salukis, Greyhounds, and other narrow-headed dogs It’s also valuable for any pet who slips out of its collar or becomes fearful and may run while walking.

This collar has a piece of fabric with rings on each end. More fabric goes through the rings and the leash attaches to a ring on the loop. If the dog tries to move backward out of the collar, it tightens without choking and is one of the gentlest options.

Head Collars

If you’ve ever seen a halter on a horse, a head collar is a similar collar for dogs. One strap goes around the neck while the other is behind the ears. The second strap makes a loop around the muzzle. The leash goes into a ring toward the bottom of the muzzle area.

These collars are ideal for energetic, large dogs that pull or jump. Since the halter is at the muzzle instead of the neck, the dog has less leverage and cannot pull as hard. This collar needs to be well-fitting to operate the way it should. A dog trainer can help you be sure it’s on correctly.

Flat Collars

Flat collars are the typical collar used for dogs. These include a plastic snap or a buckle for closure. A ring is used to attach a leash and identification tags. These collars come in many designs and collars and should fit around the neck comfortably.

Make sure the collar isn’t so tight it chokes the dog or so loose that it’s easy for the dog to get out of. The easiest way to do this is by choosing a collar that you can place two fingers underneath.

Other Collars

Choke chain collars, prong collars, and shock collars are also available. However, these may or may not be right for your pet. Always speak with an expert before choosing one of these collars as they may make your dog fearful or anxious.

Still not sure which collar is right for your dog? Consider speaking with Dog Training Now Charleston. We can give you insight into what works for other people who have dogs similar to yours and your home.

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