It is never too early to accustom your puppy to dog training collars and a leash. It is your way of keeping your dog under control.
It may not be necessary for the puppy or adult dog to wear his dog training collar and identification tags within the confines of your home, but no dog should ever leave home without a collar on and without the leash held securely in your hand.
Begin getting your dog or puppy accustomed to his collar by leaving it on for a few minutes at a time, gradually extending the time you leave it on. Most dogs become accustomed to dog training collars very quickly and forget they are even wearing one.
Once this is accomplished, attach a lightweight leash to the collar while you are playing with him. Do not try to guide him at first. The point here is to accustom the pup to the feeling of having something attached to the collar.
Some puppies adapt to a dog training collar very quickly and, without any undo resistance, learn to be guided with the leash.
Other pups may be absolutely adamant that they will not have any part of leash training and seem intent on strangling themselves before submitting to any sort of dog shock collar training..
If your puppy is one of the latter, do not continue to force the issue. Simply create a lasso with your leash and put your puppy’s head and front legs through the lasso opening so that the leash encircles his shoulders and chest, just behind the front legs.
Problem pups seem to object less to this method than having the leash around their necks. Encourage your puppy to follow you as you move away.
If he is reluctant to cooperate, coax him along with a treat of some kind. Hold the treat in front of his nose to encourage him to follow you. Just as soon as your puppy takes a few steps toward you, praise him enthusiastically and continue to do so as you move along.
Make the initial session very brief and enjoyable. Continue the lesson until the puppy is completely unconcerned about the fact that he is on a leash. With a treat in one hand and a leash attached to your dog training collar in the other, you can begin to use both to guide him in the direction you wish to go.
Benefits of Slip Dog Training Collars
Correcting with the aid of a slip style dog training collar
The slip collar is an ideal means of correcting your dog. Wolves correct each other with a short, sharp bite in the neck.
If a slip collar is used in the correct way, it has the same effect on a dog and is understood well. A chain put on this way slackens as soon as you stop pulling on it.
If the chain is put on the wrong way round, it often stays tight. This makes the dog uncomfortable and you cannot correct it properly in this manner.
Neither can you correct it properly when the leash is kept taut. All you do then is to pull the dog along a little bit, but the effect of a “bite” is lost.
You only achieve this when the slip collar stays loosely around the dog’s neck and you then give it a short, sharp, but clearly felt tug.
Various types of slip style dog training collars
There are various types of slip collar. They vary from very thin links to large oval links. The fine, thin links are the most suitable for pups from the age of about three to seven months.
From seven months onward you can give your dog a chain made of large, oval links.
The advantage of the large oval links is that can you “lock” these into a piston clip, so that the chain has a double function. You can also use it as an ordinary choker collar.
The larger links are less damaging to the neck hair. Quite often, hair gets caught in the small links. That irritates the dog and this can result in a partially bare neck.
A slip training collar, by the way, is only worn during training or walking in the period of upbringing. Indoors it is better not to put a chain on your dog at all.
During long walks in the wood too, when your dog can frolic about freely, a chain of this kind can be dangerous because it can easily get caught on something.
It is better not to use a metal slip collar until your dog is three months old; until then a nylon slip collar is more suitable. The chance that you will need to correct your pup before then with a slip dog training collar or slip chain is very small.