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How to Know If You Should Use a Dog Training Collar

The use of dog training collars is controversial, but with the help of these tips, you can decide for yourself whether your dog needs one.


  • Step 1: Recognize limits of use Recognize that young puppies can be taught basic commands -- to sit, stay, or stand -- without the use of a training collar. They can also be taught to walk on a leash without using one.
  • Step 2: Know proper uses Consider using a training collar on a dog that has been given too much license as a puppy, that is completely distracted by its surroundings, or that is being handled by someone not physically strong enough to work with it.
  • TIP: Also consider using a dog training collar if you are concerned that your pet might run off and get hurt.
  • Step 3: Teach negative consequences Use the training collar to teach the dog negative consequences associated with undesirable behavior -- for example, pulling at its leash. When the dog exhibits the desired behavior, give it a reward.
  • Step 4: Recognize the risks Recognize that dog training collars can injure a dog if not used properly. Depending on the type of collar, injuries may include soft tissue damage, or disc and spinal damage.
  • Step 5: Use appropriately Plan to use the training collar to train the dog, not as a tool to manipulate it every time you go for a walk. Use the collar to get the dog under control, and then revert to a more friendly type of collar. Walks should be something that both you and your dog enjoy!
  • FACT: The ancient Egyptians are known for having made widespread use of dog collars.

You Will Need

  • Basic commands
  • Proper use considerations
  • Corrected behavior
  • Awareness of injury possibilities
  • Control

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