Pack Leader Collar: Best dog collar to stop pulling

* Shock collars. We do not recommend shock collars for training, behavioral modification or other uses. Positive reinforcement typically works better than punishment and use of pain, which is an aversive. If you use a shock collar, your dog will likely associate the pain of the shock with whatever triggers his pulling, lunging or other undesirable behavior, instead of associating it with the behavior itself. Thus, for example, if the dog pulls at other dogs when on walks, he will come to associate the pain with the other dogs -- which can stoke anxiety and possibly aggression, worsening the problem.

Any collar can be dangerous if the dog pulls for an extended period of time.

More and more dog owners are switching to using dog harnesses over regular collars and simple dog leashes, even when there are no issues with pulling. This makes sense for multiple reasons.

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[…] prong collar: These are used for walk training. You want to teach your dogs not to pull you and to heal by your […] As a certified positive trainer, I use both a flat collar and a no-pull harness to train loose leash walking. I consider the harness to be a tool that makes it possible for a client to walk their dog while they're learning to loose leash walk their dogs on a collar. Many clients are frustrated and tired of having their dogs pull them everywhere and some have given up on walking their dogs at all because of literally being pulled over.

I train on the collar in a low distraction, controlled environment, then tell my clients to do so at home. When they're ready to start moving their training outside, I have them put on both the dog's collar and harness. They spend the first 5 - 10 minutes outside practicing loose leash walking on the collar, then switch the leash to the no-pull harness so they can go on a walk without being pulled all over the place until the dog learns how to loose leash walk on the collar. This way, their dog gets walked, the clients enjoy walking their dog and both are learning how to loose leash walk without the harness.

I believe the major part of my job as a trainer, is to find the best way for both the client and the dog to learn and succeed and there's no "one size fits all". If my client is frustrated with a tool and a skill that's not working for them, they don't practice or use it, so neither the dog nor the owner wins. Using the no-pull harness and the collar helps both parties enjoy a win-win situation. For me, that's what training is all about.

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Several brands of dog collars offer anti-pulling features. Here’s our quick guide for recommended collars to stop pulling. We’ll detail a few recommended options in detail below.