Re: Lexi training update and thanks!!!
I don't use choke chains because:
1. A dog can strangle himself, even if you release pressure
2. Corrections damage your dogs throat, and dogs of certain breeds (bulldogs for example) can suffer trachea damage or collapse. Have you ever noticed someone with a choke chain on their dog, and the dog is wheezing? Either the chain is continuously tight, or the damage is already done.
3. There is a specific way to put on a choke chain, and many people don't know this, or mistakenly put it on wrong. When this happens the chain stays tight and doesn't release, choking the dog.
4.When the moving part of the chain comes from under the dog's neck, the chain doesn't release easily when the leash is slackened. And that means the collar is constantly tight, choking the dog.
5. Even if the collar's put on right, people still manage to use it wrong. A choke-chain collar is meant to be loose at all times except for the occasional split-second tightening to correct a dog's behavior. But more often it is used incorrectly.
Also, every dog is different when it comes to corrections. You will sometimes have certain dogs with very high drive or energy, that can take a very strong correction to get them to stop their behavior, and that is when you get physical damage to the dogs throat.
Opposite of the previous situation, are dogs that are of soft temperments, that are damaged emotionally by this collar. A dog that is fearful or nervous should not be trained with this collar in my opinion. (I wouldn't want to use them at all really)
6. If someone gets overwhelmed or angry, this collar can be very dangerous. And some people abuse it intentionally, or sometimes unintentionally when they lose their temper. This often creates lasting damage to the dog physically and mentally. As well as damages the bond between people and their dog.
7. I refuse to call the collar a 'slip collar' because if a dog panicks and tries to back out, what stops him from getting out of the collar? Strangulation. There are better ways to train and solve this problem, why not do it?
Good luck with your class and continue researching! You will get all kinds of opinions and facts, and it is important for you to make your own decision regarding your dog and how to train.
I am glad you have found success in a more positive method of training!
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