9 Types of Leashes, Collars and Harnesses Used in Dog Training

Leash and Collar Dog Training

There was a time that when dog people spoke of a “training collar,” they were referring to a choke chain. In this insane world, sanity has prevailed, and dog trainers and in-the-know dog people no longer use choke chains as training collars. Don’t buy or use a choke chain as a training collar for your dog!

When you put the collar on the dog, you should be able to insert two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. If you make the collar any looser, the dog will be able to slip it over his head; and if you make the collar any tighter, it will be uncomfortableto the dog.

The width of the collar should be determined by the size of the dog. Remember that you need to affix the dog’s vaccination tag and his identification tag to the collar.

The leash that you use for your dog doesn’t need to be expensive or fancy. You can just “reel” him in, so to speak, if there is another dog or if you see your dog in a dangerous situation.

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Dog Collars For Training

Making the Proper Selection in Dog Training Collars and Harnesses is Essential to Successfully train your dog

Below, you will find a description of all the 9 major varieties of dog training collars that you might come across when deciding to purchase one for you pooch.

9 Types of Leashes, Collars and Harnesses

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#1. Metal Choke Collar

The metal choke collar is perhaps the most popular and widely used collar in the dog training world. It should be used in training larger, stronger dogs that tend to take YOU for a walk.

#2. Metal toggle choke collar

The metal toggle choke collar is basically the same as you regular choke collar with the major difference being that you can correct you dog easily by using the toggle while your dog is off-leash.

#3. Pinch collar

The pinch collar should be used RARELY and only in situations where the choke collar is ineffective in controlling your dog (i.e. in situations where your dog is very strong, where its highly aggressive, and when it repeatedly lunges at other dogs and people).

#4. Fur saver choke collar

The fur saver choke collar is designed to control the dog without leaving chain marks around the dogs’ neck or getting fur caught in the chain which sometimes occurs when using an ordinary metal choke collar. It is mainly used when showing dogs and NOT in training them because the dogs don’t tend to respond to them in training and they don’t give the quick jerk needed for proper correction.

#5. Nylon choke collar

The nylon choke collar is best used in small dogs and puppies up to 3 months, because they tend to be more gentle and they tend to get young puppies used to wearing a collar.

#6. Gentle head leader

The gentle head leader is best used on dogs that are more shy and easily corrected (i.e. dogs that respond quickly to your commands and dogs that tend to cringe upon your correction).

#7. Electronic collar

The electronic collar is mainly used for two reasons. First its used on field or hunting dogs. and second it is used as a means of training a protection dog.

#8. Tracking dog harness

The tracking dog harness is used for exactly what its name suggests: for tracking game, suspects, lost individuals, or competition articles.

And finally,

#9. Seeing eye dog harness

The seeing eye dog harness is designed so that the dog’s owner can hang on to the lead while the dog guides her to her destination. Unlike other leads, this lead is designed so that the dog can pull its owner forward as it walks instead of gently walking beside her on loose lead.


Dog training is an art, and like any artist you must pick your tools carefully in order to properly train your dog. Each dog is different, and thus you must be able to decide which collar is most appropriate for your dog based on its personality, strength, and temperament.

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