– All dogs learn through associations and consequences, they do not have sufficient serial memory to form a moral imperative, so let’s take any domin nonsense off the table. That is a major myth that becomes part of the narrative as to why the dog “needs” the choke prong collar, they are “dominant”.
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Martingale Collars: Martingale Collars were originally designed for Sighthounds – these breeds have necks that are larger than their heads, which enable them to slip out of regular buckle collars. However, any breed of dog can use a Martingale Collar. These collars (which are almost always made out of nylon or some sort of fabric) could be called a “gentle” choke chain. To fit a Martingale correctly, measure it to fit the exact size of your dog’s neck when it is pulled closed. When your dog is not pulling on the leash the collar should hang loose. While these collars are not ideal for all training situations, they do provide more control than a buckle collar or a harness.
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Buckle Collars: (also known as flat collars) These are the most commonly seen collars and are what most people think of putting on their dog. Buckle Collars are great for attaching identification tags (a must have for any dog!) and come in a multitude of colors and styles. They can be made from a variety of materials, from hemp to nylon to leather. Leather collars tend to wear quite well and are a favorite choice of mine. A Buckle Collar can be used as your dogs primary collar if he does not have a problem with pulling against the leash or need any communication via leash corrections. While it may seem to be the “tamest” of the collars, a dog that consistently pulls against a buckle collar is more likely to sustain damage to his trachea than a dog walked correctly on a choke chain or a pinch collar. A buckle collar can be worn at the same time that other types of collars are used in order to keep your dog’s identification on him at all times.
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