Would You Mind if I Choke? 

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Make no mistake... the reason a choke collar is called a choke collar is because it chokes the dog that’s wearing it.

With a choke collar around his neck, a dog that moves away to sniff the ground or chase a squirrel will get choked which, at the very least is uncomfortable or worse, at risk of causing damage to the trachea or the esophagus. Would you prefer that your dog wants to walk by your side or walks by your side for fear of punishment?

Why not teach him first how to walk properly on a leash with you, using some simple Positive Reinforcement techniques. This takes a little time, but well worth the effort. Punishing a dog for doing what comes naturally to him without teaching him first what you want him to do is irresponsible. (I know I’ll get some hate mail for this but it’s too important and needs to be said.)

Here’s some humane collars/harnesses that will help you control your dog on a walk.

The front attach harness is my favorite “no pull” harness. Since the leash attaches to the front of the dog, it discourages pulling away from you.

Head halters are good for some dogs that are overly enthusiastic sniffers, or greeters, or reactive on leash.

The martingale collar is a good choice for light pullers. It’s a “limited choke” meaning it prevents choking but opens and closes with equal pressure around the dog’s neck giving better information without discomfort.

The buckle collar is great for dogs that do not pull on a walk.

So, there you go. Gear up and happy trails! 

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