COLLAR DOG TRAINING
DOG PULLS - WHISTLE - STOP
and collar training
Although obedience training with reinforcement has become
very popular in the last 5 years, the leash and collar is
still the best way to do many kinds of dog training.
Especially in situations where you need a great deal of
reliability, and at times when the dog would be highly
motivated for not obeying, such as obedience with a police
k-9 who is highly motivated to fight.
The leash and collar can be used with varying degrees of
force. This could be from very hard correction to mild leash
prompts. However, when the leash is used, it is best not to
nag the dog with ineffective correction.
Generally with a leash based obedience training system, the
dog is first taught a behavior, usually with the leash. Once
the dog displays that it knows the command, the leash is
used to correct the dog for not obeying, or when the dog
makes a mistake. Usually with this style of obedience
training, the leash is the main form of controlling and
communicating with the dog.
In order for a dog to be fully trained, I think that the dog
should be trained to trust the handler and allow the handler
to at least place the dog into a position or posture that
the dog does not want to assume. This does not necessarily
require a lot of force, but it does require some physical
manipulation. This manipulation is safest and most easily
done with a leash. At least this much leash training should
be incorporated into even the most advanced reward training
One thing that must be understood is "the leash is just a
tool." By learning to train a dog with the leash, one should
in the process, eventually acquire the skills necessary to
train a dog with whatever tools are at hand.
Even if the only tools at hand are your body and your
intellect. One of the important skills that a handler can
learn with the leash, is how to develop a leadership role in
the dog's life. In this aspect of dog training the leash is
a tool to help show the handler certain principles of
Leash training can never replace developing the proper
leader/follower relationship between the owner and the dog.
Although doing leash training will increase the bond between
you and your dog, it cannot replace the bond of trust that
can only come through treating your pet fairly.
Two Most Popular Obedience Training Styles
The main types of training are leash/collar training and
reward training. I consider the leash and collar training to
be a hard training style, and reward training to be a soft
Both styles are very old; however, the leash and collar has
been used more and is considered the traditional style. I
think this is because most obedience training has
traditionally developed from military dog training. There
are several reasons why this method would be preferred to
using food, such as the nature of the dogs being trained,
the task or mission of the animal, and the temperament and
background of the military handler/trainer.