I am amazed at the controversy that seems to surround the Choker, or Check Chain.
If used correctly Choker Chains are a fantastic resource for quickly teaching basic commands to your Dog. Any training aid can be construed as cruel if it is used inappropriately. I have lost count of the number of people I have seen walking their Dogs in public places with long leads and their Dogs pulling them all over the place. As far as I am concerned I would much rather have my Dog close by my side than dictating to me where we will walk and possibly causing an accident by lack of control. So why not use Dog Choker Chains?
Choker Chains Help Quickly Bring Your Dog To Heel
I know that this is all about the training regardless of what lead/leash is used. A properly trained Dog should not be pulling regardless of what lead is used. In a perfect world we would all have Dogs that walked to heel with a slack lead that almost never needs to be reigned in. This can and will happen after sufficient training and for me the choker chain is the quickest way to get results. It also ensures that while training progresses you have total control over your Dog on a short and secure lead.
Choker Chain Training
How To Use A Choker Chain Correctly
A choker chain works on the principle of a quick snap and release to reinforce your commands. There is never a prolonged tightening of the Chain around the Dogs neck. The force is much more evenly distributed than a regular Chain, where all the force is applied to only one part of your Dogs collar. As far as I am concerned an even pressure is much more preferable than all the force being on part of a traditional collar, with the added possibility that your Dog can slip the Collar completely and run amok in built up/dangerous areas! A Dog Choker chain is much safer and gives you much more control as well.
Choker Chain Training must be done correctly. A quick snap of the Choker is what is required to “grab” your Dogs attention and nothing more. There is NEVER a prolonged tightening of the Chain.
Your Dog will quickly learn to walk to heel and will stop pulling on the lead very quickly. The sensation is uncomfortable for them as the Choker tightens so they will create slack and thereby come to heel. If they don’t create slack themselves you quickly “snap” the Choker and create the slack. Choker Chain Training is useless if you always allow your Dog to create tension on the lead. As with all training aids it is important that you know how to use the tool effectively.
Choker Chain Training Tips
- Never leave the Choker Chain on your Dog when unattended or for any other time apart from Dog walking. If it becomes tangled or caught in anything it could easily strangle your Dog.
- A quick “snap” and call to heel is all that is required. The Choker is NOT to be used with prolonged tension.
- Never use a Choker Chain on a puppy. You must wait until your Dog is properly developed and is of sufficient size to use it effectively.
- Ensure your Dog is a suitable size/breed for Choker Chain training.
- You should check with a Dog Trainer to ensure you understand the proper use of this very effective training aid.
If you are having problems with your Dog not learning to heel and behaving inappropriately on the lead then a choker chain , if used correctly may well be the answer to quickly getting your Dog to heel on walks.
How To Put On A Dog Choker Chain
Putting the Choker Chain on your Dog is very straightforward. It really doesn’t take much practice at all. It is simply a matter of slipping the loop over your Dogs head and then holding on to the leather handle. Very simple and once you can slip the Dogs Choker Chain on quickly it becomes second nature. Just be careful when you put the Choker Chain on your Dog that you don’t accidently let it get between your Dogs teeth. It is actually surprisingly easy to do. Make the choker chain for Dogs in to as large a loop as you can and it will then be easy to slip over your Dogs head. You are then set to use a Choker Chain to quickly teach your Dog to heel.
Ensure you know how to use a Choker Chain correctly. All training aids may do more harm than good if you do not use in the correct manner.
May the Doggie Force be with you all.