Choke collars are used for two main purposes. They allow an owner to correct improper behavior and act as a reminder to a dog that you need his increased attention for training. When the dog behaves incorrectly, a quick snap of the chain will tell the dog to act correctly. At first the dog will respond to the choking pressure of the constricting collar, however a dog will eventually become conditioned to respond to the snapping sound of the collar and will respond to that sound before being choked.
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So why do I avoid the choke chain? Besides the fact that my philosophy of training is to focus on rewarding the dog’s good behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted ones until the dog forms good habits, there are many medical and safety reasons too. Not surprisingly, strong yanking on the neck with a chain can cause health issues. If the force from a dog pulling on a flat collar raises intraocular pressure, imagine how high that pressure must rise when you actually yank the dog with a thin chain! Even if your dog has no eye issues, the choke chain, is notorious at exacerbating airway issues. For instance it can worsen coughing in dogs prone to collapsing trachea (weak trachea that flatten more than they should) and affect the ability of dogs with small tracheas, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, to breath. Additionally, dogs may develop neurological damage when the corrections are strong enough. The damage, called Horner’s Syndrome, can result in changes to the pupil in the eye and nerve-induced lameness in the front leg. Lastly, even if you don’t use a choke chain in the manner described above, choke chains should never be left on an unsupervised pet. They can get caught on something and tighten to the point where they strangle the panicked dog.
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The Choke chain became vastly popular during the 60’s and 70’s, primarily by Barbara Woodhouse and her show “Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way”. Today there are many varieties of slip collars (choke collars) either made out of metal or synthetic materials.
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