These might look like muzzles but they’re actually a collar that works similar to a Halti harness. The straps in place cause the dog’s head to turn when he pulls and as this feels strange to him it naturally deters him from pulling. It’s very convenient because it requires very little effort on the owner’s part. In some cases, that is – not all dogs are so easily discouraged. A headstrong dog may need his owner’s guidance in addition to the use of a head collar.
Some dogs are born escape artists and seem able to slip out of almost any collar that is attempted. This is a nightmare for owners who end up having to chase their dog down the street. A dog that doesn’t want to be caught is practically impossible to catch and could wind up in serious danger if they were to run into a car or encounter an aggressive dog. Martingale collars are the answer for Houdini dogs like this. They’re essentially no-slip collars that are made of two loops which enable the collar to tighten when the dog pulls, but only just enough to get his attention. A properly fitting martingale collar can’t choke a dog like a choke collar can.
Choke collars can be very controversial within the dog world and even famous dog trainers like Cesar Millan are sometimes criticized for using them. Some people find them inhumane but others consider them to be good training tools if used correctly. And the best dog training collar helps to change the dog behavior.
It’s true that when used correctly they shouldn’t cause any harm to a dog, it’s people who don’t understand how the collar is supposed to work that could unknowingly cause discomfort or pain to their dog. Choke collars are devised to train dogs to stop pulling with the assistance of the owner. They shouldn’t be continuously used if progress hasn’t been made and the dog is still pulling relentlessly, and therefore choking himself.
These look like your basic dog collar. They’re made of a nice pliable material so they’re usually comfortable around your dog’s neck and you can find them just about anywhere. They’re fairly inexpensive compared to most other collars, although, they range quite a lot in price depending on how well made they are. Some nylon collars are really built to last so will obviously be more expensive, while cheap ones can become stretched out pretty quickly.
Leather collars are strong and sturdy so they’re perfect for large dogs and if they’re good quality they’ll last a long time. They’re also stylish so people with dogs of all sizes use them. Leather can sometimes also be good for dogs that get skin reactions to other materials – notably, nylon, but also certain metal collars.