There have been dog training collars since the beginning of the human-dog interaction. The basic purpose of dog training collars has not changed an iota from that time. In ancient times, there were two basic purposes of using collars to train dogs. One was to hold the dog in one place without letting it run amok and the second was in protecting the dog’s neck from being attacked by wolves and other wild animals. Today, dog training collars come in various types and shapes. They can be divided into five groups as below:
- Buckle collars
- Prong collars
- Slip collars
- Spray collars
- Head halters
Buckle Collar – This is one of the oldest dog training collars in the world. It is used to restrain the dog and keep it in one place. This is important to keep the dog away from doing any untoward damage. The more you restrain the dog using a buckle collar, the more your pet will get used to PULLING. If you allow this to continue, it will become difficult to deal with your dog down the road. This type of collar is mostly used by clicker training experts when training their pets. Trainers who are using different techniques to train their dogs haven’t found this collar that helpful. Most of the dog training collars nowadays are made of leather, rope or synthetic materials. A plastic or metal buckle is used in these collars.
Prong Collar – The prong collar has been in use for a long time and it is considered a “training collar”. The basic difference between this collar and the other dog training collars is the way the collar touches the surface of the neck of your pet. It has minimal contact with the dog’s neck. The major benefits of this collar are less pressure on the dog’s neck, immediate responsiveness from the pet, and less physical damage to your loved pet. This collar is mostly used to handle walking and pulling issues of the pet.
Slip Collars – The slip collar will help to address any PULLING issues that your pet may have. The dog will pull less with a slip collar than the other type of collars. There is quite an argument as to whether the slip collar is dangerous on your pet. This argument is partially true since a slip collar can damage your dog’s neck if used inappropriately and for a long period of time. Don’t use this type of collar if your pet is younger than six months old. This collar is not often recommended by dog training experts because of the dangers of injury.
Spray Collars – These dog training collars are still new to the market. Extensive research results are not yet available about the effectiveness of this collar in training your dog successfully. The collar has a small spray mechanism filled with citronella and other fragrances, which would be released at regular intervals, in order to keep your pet from pursuing its bad habits.
Head Halters – As dog training collars, these are also quite new to the market. They have gained in popularity among the “positive reinforcement dog trainers.” These collars are not harmful to the pet, which is the reason for the popularity in today’s market. The major benefits are less damage, less aggression on the part of the dog, and they are very effective, even on larger dog.
These are the different types of dog training collars in the market currently. Using them appropriately can help to train your dog much more easily and effectively. A well-mannered dog is definitely an asset to the owner, as well as the entire family.