Choke collars or choke chains are one of the most ineffective and on rare occasions dangerous, training collars ever invented. A dog does not understand the principle of getting choked, that’s why so many dogs will choke themselves while they are on their daily walks. Whether the collar the dog is wearing is a choke chain or a regular flat collar.
The way a dogs mind interprets pressure, is to pull harder in the opposite direction of that pressure. This is a dog, this is how they think. It’s kind of like people pushing on a door that says “Pull” on it, we may find that a little amusing until the person realizes the ‘Pull’ sign on the door and ruins our entertainment by actually pulling it.
Most dogs however will never realize that if they just stopped pulling, they would stop choking themselves. This is the reason why choke chains really shouldn’t be used, especially on an animal that constantly pulls. And if you have read some of my stuff before you already know that a dog that pulls or walks out in front of you, is not trying to show his dominance over you. We just walk way too slow for dogs and dogs get very excited when they finally get out of the house.
And if you think that your dog should understand what you are saying to him, without you spending a ton of time teaching him what all of those words mean, have a look at this.
And yes I know, in the hands of an experienced (good) dog trainer a choke chain can be a very effective training device. My problem with this is, a good trainer should be able to accomplish the same thing with whatever collar the dog happens to be wearing at the time.
The Spirit Dog
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