Which is the right collar for your dog?


Dog collars and straps are a ‘must have’ for your dog.

Not only is it an essential equipment in the process of training your dog, it is also used for identity, fashion, or other purposes. Identity tags and medical information are often placed on dog collars.

In addition, collars are also useful for controlling a dog manually especially used together with a leash, as they provide a handle for grabbing.

Nowadays, dog collars are available in various forms, dimensions and fashions, and style. Which one to choose depends upon your preference and your puppy’s behavior.

Here are some commonly used collars you can choose from:

1) The buckle collar: This is the typical dog collar. You can use any cloth to make up a buckle collar to have a variety of colors and designs. Your dog’s name may be stitched on top of the collar for identity purpose. Buckle collar is made up of a sequence of spaced holes, and the buckle is fixed firmly for the desired size.

2) Choke Collar: The choke collar is a length of metal-link chain with a large circular ring on either end. The chain is slid through one of these rings and it is slid over the dog’s head. When the dog displays an undesirable behavior the collar is tightened. This is primarily used in traditional dog training.

3) Prong Collar: The prong collar is made of metal links that fit together by connecting through long, usually blunt, teeth that point inward toward the dog’s neck. A section of this collar is made of a loop of chain links that tighten the collar when pulled, pinching the dog’s neck.

4) GPS Collar: The GPS collar basically tells you where your dog is when you have lost your pet and it is a better device as you can track on your own. Dogs are not prone to stay at a particular place and they move around when they hear a sound or sense something.

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Five Types of Dog Training


Before starting out, you should know your dog trainig options.

That’s because nowadays, you can find numerous types of training which are different in price as well as different in what they have to offer.

Here, I will share with you FOUR types of dog training:

#1 – PUPPY PRESCHOOL

The first type of dog training is known as puppy preschool. This is a dog training course meant for puppies that are about 6 weeks to 5 months old. These puppy preschool classes generally last for no more than 6 to 8 weeks.

In these training sessions, your puppy is essentially taught how to socialize with people and as well as other puppies.

Here your puppy also begins to learn how to sit down, stay at a place, and how to come.

#2 – BASIC DOG TRAINING

The second type of dog training course is meant for the dogs that are at least 5 months old. This type of dog training is known as the basic dog training. The duration of these classes is usually about 8 to 10 weeks.

This is the basic course, where your dog is taught the art of walking properly on a leash, sitting, staying, coming and heeling.

#3 – INTERMEDIATE DOG TRAINING

The third type of dog training course is known as the intermediate dog training. This dog training aims at teaching the dog mostly the same things that are taught in the basic training course, in a more detailed form.

Here the dog is trained to stay for a longer span of time, and is also taught to follow the orders given by other people.

This training generally lasts for about 8 to 10 weeks, and is meant for those that are no less than 5 months old.

It is essential for the dog to have completed its basic dog training course, or to be accustomed to the basic commands that could have been taught by the owner.

#4 – ADVANCED DOG TRAINING

The next type of training course is known as the advanced dog training course. Here, once again, the course is quite similar to its previous one, ie. the intermediate dog training course, except for the fact that this time it is more detailed. Here, the dog is taught how to sit even without you in the view.

This training course is about 8 to 10 weeks long, and is meant for those that have completed their intermediate training. Here, they are also trained to walk beside their owners without a leash. Moreover, it gradually prepares the dog to take the Canine Good Citizen training course.

#5 – CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TRAINING

The Canine Good Citizen training for dogs is the last course. To pass this course, your dog will be taught the 10 necessary aspects.

This course is strictly meant for those dogs that have completed all the previous courses. The test is quite tough and can only be passed if the dog is really well behaved. Depending on whether your dog can pass, the course can last for several weeks.

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Well… the above are the five types of dog training classifications.

With the above in mind, now you can select the dog training option best suited for your dog. However, you should also seek the consensus of your local dog training instructors for their opinion. Many trainers consult for free.

So now you should be at least a step closer to training your dog formally!

Best of luck :)

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