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Check chain, choke chain, choke collar, check collar, chain collar, and slip collar are all essentially terms for the same thing: a collar, made either from chain or rope, that has a ring on either end.

The chain collar can be used in one of two ways: with the leash clipped on to both rings, so it does not tighten. This can be a good alternative to other collars, especially if you have a very strong dog. And with the leash clipped to only one ring so that it tightens when there's pressure on the leash.

If used in the second way, there are two ways of putting a chain collar on: the right way and the wrong way. When put on the right way, the part of the chain attached to the leash comes over the top of the dog's neck. When put on the wrong way, it comes up from under the dog's chin. When it is worn the wrong way, the collar tends to not release when the leash is slackened after giving a correction. However, even when put on the right way, this type of collar can choke and potentially injure a dog - it will tighten and stay tight as long as there's pressure on the leash.

Using a chain collar requires you to really know what you're doing and how to use it effectively. This type of collar should sit high up on the dog's neck and should always be loose unless you're actually issuing a correction. If you switch sides with the dog, you should turn the collar so it functions correctly on the other side.

In my experience, a prong collar is a much better training tool than a choke. Of course, the general idea should be to use such a device until your dog has enough training to use just a flat collar on your normal walks and such.
 

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Quote:there is another brand of choke chain called a hans sprenger or something like that
The choke you're talking about is the Fursaver. It has elongated links to prevent the dog's hair from getting tangled in the links and getting matted down on the dog's neck as well. It is, however, not as good as issuing a correction as a regular choke chain, and sometimes the links can "stick" due to their shape.

They're made by Herm Sprenger, which is a German (I think) company that also makes prong collars.
 
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