The majority of accessories for dogs are developed in such a way that the dog grows and lives in a pleasant and intelligent manner. On the other hand, not all dog accessories are like this and are often not recommended for a dog’s education. Jagger & Lewis breaks down these controversial accessories and their alternatives for you.
The choke collar
With its bad reputation, the choke collar is really not recommended as a dog accessory. Generally used on dogs that are difficult to control, the choke collar is not beneficial for your dog in any way. As its name indicates, the aim of the choke collar is to choke the dog when he pulls too much on the leash. This system is used to “train” the dog and make him understand that he’s not allowed to pull on the leash and to walk next to his owner. But the choke collar isn’t really the best solution for this type of problem. Quite the opposite actually, there are real negative effects on the dog’s psyche. Moreover, many people put the collar on incorrectly. Substantial cervical and vertebra problems and superficial or deeper wounds can appear with the use of the choke collar if not administered in the right way. The dog will only end up pushing past the pain to pull on the collar again. Thus, the problem will not be solved.
The shock collar
The aim of the shock collar is simple. It enables the owner to deliver electrical shocks to the dog when the animal’s behavior is bad. The goal is to make the dog understand through pain that he isn’t behaving correctly. However, these behaviors may very well start up again as soon as the animal is no longer wearing the collar. Often, the cause of the problem is not resolved, such as in the case of a dog who barks when his owner is absent. With the shock collar, the dog no longer barks, but your animal is still suffering. Furthermore, the shock collar often leads to burns and injuries. There are numerous methods that can improve the animal’s behavior and well-being without putting him in danger.
There are a number of alternatives to these controversial objects, particularly alternatives that are gentler and more efficient.
· The Animalin Harness: this educational harness has the charactistic of a front clip for attaching a leash. Thus, if the dog pulls, he will find himself with a loss of balance. This harness allows you to better control the dog without hurting him. It is used on all sizes and breeds. Associated with positive education, the dog will quickly learn to no longer pull.
· The Halti head halter: this collar is made up of a strap that wraps around the muzzle of your animal. As soon as your dog pulls on the leash, the head halter closes the jaw, encouraging your animal to come back to your side. If it’s the owner who pulls on the leash, the animal turns his head and is therefore more attentive to him. It enables the dog and the owner to learn together how to listen to and understand each other, especially while going on walks.
· The citronella collar: Your dog doesn’t really like the citronella collar. And certainly not the surprise of a spray when he barks. However, it is a lot less violent than electrical shocks. How it works is the dog is surprised by a small spurt of citronella, which has the effect of stopping him from barking. And most importantly, citronella is not at all dangerous for your dog’s health. Thus, this can be used in a mindful and educational manner.
Finally, never forget that bad behavior is often simply behavior your dog has yet to learn. Don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help working via positive methods to teach your dog the rules that are important to you.