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What kind of collar do you use to walk your dog?

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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your dog?

For walks, in the strict sense of the word, I use a pinch. But we don't take walks around the neighbourhood too frequently. Mainly trekkings to the river, where she is off-leash or we go to train where she can be off-leash too.

Most of the time she wears a fur-saver to pick her to or from the car.

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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your dog?

We use the Sporn training halter. Totally stopped pulling, and she's now a pleasure on our walks. She also slips right out of most regular snap or buckle colars.

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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your dog?

I have all of maybe 5lbs on B-boy and that is nothing.
I want to have control of him especially when stupid people are walking there dogs w/o a leash and they charge him

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I voted other. Although the adjustable limited slip collar is very similar to a Martingale (and is frequently listed as being one by sellers) it isn't exactly the same thing.

I use this for about 90% of the dogs I've trained although I have used prongs, halters, and even the Gentle Leader when required. Most of the time this is all I feel that is needed. The slight and brief restriction the collar causes in a correction is enough. The rest of the time the collar is a totally gentle fit.
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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your do

I used a choke chain on Massie. At the time (21 years ago) that was the walking collar endorsed by trainers. I was taught how to use it by a trainer. I didn't know not to leave it on her and one day came outside and discovered her choking because the live ring had gotten caught in the slats of the porch landing!

Then I discovered the prong collar and used that for the first 3 years of Chama's life. She is half rottie and has a very thick neck. I never used it for corrections, only for walking. I then went to a martingale and now she walks on a nifty harness with a handle so that I can help her get up and down stuff.

With Basu I tried the prong (didn't work), the gentle leader (didn't work) and then finally discovered the Sense-ation (front clip) harness. That worked great for him. http://www.softouchconcepts.com/

I also used the Sense-ation harness for Kai and it was also very effective.

I started Rafi on the Sense-ation harness but it was chafing him so I stopped using it and have actually trained him to walk very nicely on a flat collar!

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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your do

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Originally Posted By: GSDadI voted other. Although the adjustable limited slip collar is very similar to a Martingale (and is frequently listed as being one by sellers) it isn't exactly the same thing.

I use this for about 90% of the dogs I've trained although I have used prongs, halters, and even the Gentle Leader when required. Most of the time this is all I feel that is needed. The slight and brief restriction the collar causes in a correction is enough. The rest of the time the collar is a totally gentle fit.
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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your do

I use the flat collar on both my babies, but in the beginning, my male Riddick, had to have the pinch collar. I hated to use it, but he had a huge issue with kids, and I could NOT tollerate a mishap on a child. So we started to use the pinch collar on him when he was about 1 yrs old, he now does not need it, we use a flat collar on him now. We just needed the pinch for a little bit until he became more comfortable with kids, he now is calmer around kids and just licks them in the face. My pup is 12 weeks old and we just use a flat collar on her. No reason for anything else at her age really.

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowI didn't know not to leave it on her and one day came outside and discovered her choking because the live ring had gotten caught in the slats of the porch landing!
I used to keep a choke chain on Doerak until Ciana came to live with us. One day they were playing and Ciana grabbed his collar and twisted her jaw up in it. She started panicking, Doerak started panicking. I never used a choke collar after that.

I will use a prong collar until they learn to walk nice. Usually just a few months, then it collects dust.
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Re: What kind of collar do you use to walk your dog?

Prong on Cody -DEFINETLY- he is an absolute MANIAC with squirrels... and we have TONS of squirrels in our area that are so used to people and dogs that they taunt the dogs. And Cody falls into it every single time... he will stalk them and even though I tell him LEAVE IT, he will still stalk, and he may try to charge them, and if he does he will jump so high up the tree that one day he will land on a branch...LOL... he is not manageable without the prong on walks...
Brandie has a prong on her but I rarely clip the leash on it, she either has her martingale or flat collar on. She is also bad with squirrels, so I sometimes do have to use the prong with her. But she is a lot smaller and lighter than Cody, which means easier to manage, so I can give a decent pop with the martingale for her...

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