I’ve learned from experience that one collar does not work for every dog. Bailey, a beautiful mix breed dog, at the beginning would walk me, ok., let me rephrase this, dragged me with her during our first walks. When we got back from our walks, my hands were red and hurting from her pulling me around. Boy, those were good times. Anyway, one day I made her wear a gentle leader, and she walked perfectly. It was as if once she had this gentle leader on, she became this perfect, calm, attentive dog. I was so happy and surprised at the same time.
A couple of weeks ago, we had Dozer and Sarris, and what they wear is a pinch collar. Does it work for them? Yes, they walked very nicely, but some people, I had a few give me dirty looks, are against it, because they prefer to use a choke collar. The pinch collar does exactly that, it pinches the dog in order to redirect his attention to you. When used properly it is a very good tool. Now, don’t take me wrong. I am not against choke collars. Au contraire, use it, but again, do it properly. I had a dog a long time ago that did excellent with a choke collar. I did a very light correction, and I got his attention right away.
I am not advocating for any one particular collar because I’ve realized from experience that every dog is different therefore it is up to you, pet parent, to figure out what works best for your dog. Take the time to talk to a trainer, in case you are having difficulty figuring out which collar to use, so this way when you are out with your dog this is a good experience for both you and your canine companion.