A choke chain is a tool that can be used properly to correct a dog’s behavior. However, it can be misused to confuse the dog or inflict serious injury. The collar’s placement and use are crucial. You can also use choke collars to train your dog to become a hunting partner.
Where Should You Attach A Leash To A Choke Chain Style Collar?
The collar should be the right size for your dog. It’s important to choose a collar that isn’t too big and doesn’t hang so low your dog can slip through it. You don’t want it to be too small that it is difficult for your dog to slip over their ears and head. You can try on several sizes until you find the perfect fit for your dog.
To properly attach a choke chain to your dog, you should make the letter “P” out of the chain. The loop end should be over the head and the straight part of the letter “P” should remain on the dog’s neck. The straight portion runs from the top of your dog’s neck to its leash.
This allows the choke chain to slide easily, allowing you to correct your dog quickly. The choker can be placed upside down. This will make it difficult to correct the dog’s behavior. The collar should be snapped and the corrections delivered must last less than a second.
No matter which side your pup is taught to heel, keep the straight end of the letter P on the top of his neck. This will ensure that the collar and lead are free from tension.
Helpful Hunting Dog Training Tips
You can learn so many things from a professional trainer. This list can be used as a guideline for training your dog. These tips will help you maximize your training time with your dog once you have secured the choke collar correctly and safely.
Both verbal and non-verbal communication is important. Calm, calm “good boy/girl” commands and gentle stroking can help calm the dog and let it know it has done the right things.
Pay attention to your dog’s body language. These changes can signal that it is losing interest in the situation or refusing to obey a command. A trainer can quickly correct, repeat, or stop a dog from getting off track by understanding its body language.
The dog, you, and the trainer should behave calmly, quietly, and focused. You should not yell, hit or intimidate your dog. Hyperactive, out-of-control activity should also be avoided. It is unnecessary to use loud voices or to shout to get the dog’s attention or to thwart its learning ability. Dogs should be alert and able to recall multiple commands.
Dogs learn by repetition. But not just repetition. Correct and consistent repetition. You should sit, stay, and heel many times. Training sessions do not have to take up too much time. It is best to have short sessions that are frequent and easy to remember.
If your dog gets distracted, reinforce the command by repeating it again. It should be a positive and friendly interaction.
Position Of The Leash
During training, the leash should be kept loose. You can correct the behavior with the choke chain and leash if you have a loose lead. A tight lead will prevent you from correcting the problem with these tools. However, your dog will learn to be aware of the choke chain and become desensitized to it.
Signals For The Hand/Body
To signal “stay”, use your upraised hand and pat his side to indicate “heel”. These signals are very easy to learn, and dogs can follow your hand signals in no time.
You can also influence your dog with your body. Move towards the dog if the dog is unable to move from “stay” or “down” mode.
You and your dog should be focused on one another throughout the training session. This is when a dog learns. If it loses focus, get it back on track and continue the lesson.
Set Yourself Up For success
Positive reinforcement and multiple repetitions are the best ways to teach dogs. Multiple, correct repetitions are key. You will have a happy, confident, and willing student if you slow down and do not move too fast with your lesson plans.
This is the same as the leash position. You can quickly transition to off-leash training by using a loose leash. This is a simple but important step that will pay big dividends, especially for hunting dogs.