"The Choker Collar"
How To Use The Choker Chain by Dog-Training Academy
A choke chain is an excellent
training tool. It does not harm the dog in any way when used properly.
The difference between a choke chain and a collar
There are people who consider
that a choke chain is rather inhumane. They prefer using the regular flat
A choke chain must be jerked
quickly and released immediately. It is meant to grab the dog’s attention
Just watch a misinformed person
walking down a street dragging a wayward dog behind him on a choke
When you use a choke chain correctly, it feels like someone pulling you up short by your suspenders and then
letting go. The choke chain gives the owner a high
degree of control. It allows you to communicate quickly and
Dangers of a choke chain
Never leave the
choke chain on the dog at all times. If the chain gets entangled, the dog
could get strangled.
few tips about choke chains
How to use a choke chain
To put the chain on your dog, first hold it
out horizontally, and then drop a loop through one of the end rings.
The chain will form the letter ‘P’. Now make your dog stand to your left side. Then place the chain over his
head so that the long portion of the chain, which is the straight part of the ‘P’, lies across the top of the neck.
When you want to train your dog on the right side, just reverse the chain.
pictures from Veterinary Services
Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Putting the chain on is simple. What
requires some amount of practice is learning how to use it effectively.
When you use it your dog must get the clear message of what is correct.
People normally tend to apply pressure on the chain and hold it. This causes the dog’s neck muscles to tighten.
So he pulls away from the pressure. He does not surrender to it. So instead of correcting your dog, you just
promote resistance in him. The secret is to apply pressure and release immediately. Do not hold even briefly. It
is very painful for your dog.
It might take a little practice to get the
correct and quick snap and release action of the choke chain. So first
practice it yourself without putting it on the dog. Put it around your forearm. With your free hand, take the chin
by the end ring and snap it tight. So pay attention to the feeling of pressure on your arm.
Make it sharp and quick. Do take note of the
fact that the pressure catches you by surprise and goes even before
you arm muscles have time to get tense. When you reach this stage, you are ready to use the choke chain on
your dog. That is the perfect correction.
The amount of force used is also important
when using a choke chain. The fact is either you correct your dog or
you do not. There is no go between. So if you jerk and there is not enough force applied your dog will not get
the message and he will continue with whatever he was doing. This will defeat your very purpose of using a
choke chain. The force was too little.
So you must correct as hard as you can and
get the message across. You will know that he has got the message
when he stops whatever he was doing and looks at you. So praise him when he stops his incorrect behavior
and looks towards you. When he stops his wrong behavior and looks at you, he has accepted your leadership.
That is good communication and the whole point of correction.
"more on the use of a choker in training" The Choker Tab (Link)