Many, if not most, people call the slip collar a choke chain or choke collar, giving the impression that this useful training device is some cruel torture apparatus. Nothing could be further from the truth when the slip collar is used correctly. This type of collar actually comes in chain, fabric, cord, and as a flat strap.
The use of a dog choke chain for training has been controversial ever since the concept was first introduced. The idea of choking a dog in order to obtain its obedience appears to becounterproductive to many.
There doesn’t appear to be agreement among professional dog people, either. You can see choke collar type devices in prevalent use at dog shows, but many veterinarians will say that they are unnecessary.
Most people will admit that a choke collar can be useful when an animal is undisciplined. However, this is not the purpose of a choke collar and should not be used for this purpose. Choke collars and chains are for training and can be highly effective and safe when used correctly. Setting the choke collar around his neck should your pet that it’s time to give you his attention.
There aren’t very many styles of choke chain or collar to choose from — prong, chain or nylon. You can also find a combination of the two, which some feel is easier to use because there is less chance of the chain links getting caught on each other. Before buying, you need to measure your dog’s neck, a little behind the ears, add the width of two fingers, and add another two and one-half inches. If your local pet store allows it, take your furry friend for a ride and have him properly fitted at the store.
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