Which Dog Obedience Collar to Choose?

Once your Rottweiler puppy begins to settle into its new home, you will want to begin training to get it acquainted with a collar and leash. You’ll have many types of collars to choose from, but in the beginning, a flat collar is best. A flat collar is one that does not tighten around the puppy’s neck when leash pressure is applied. Don’t be misled into thinking a harness is somehow safer or more humane. A harness can be used later, once your pup has learned to walk properly beside you while wearing a collar.

The purpose of a flat collar is twofold. First, it introduces the puppy to the idea of being restrained in its ability to go where it pleases, and secondly, it teaches the pup the concept of being guided by leash pressure. Using leash pressure to train is beyond the scope of this article and will be covered at length in the future. At eight weeks old, it’s best to find a soft, adjustable nylon collar with a sturdy plastic snap mechanism. This will be both comfortable and secure. The fit should be snug, but not tight.

Once your puppy has learned to walk calmly beside you, you may choose to move to a more serious dog obedience collar, such as a dominant dog collar or prong collar. A dominant dog collar, otherwise known as a “choke collar”, is one that will tighten around the dog’s neck when leash pressure is applied. A prong collar will tighten under pressure also, however, the constriction is limited by the number of prongs in the collar. These prongs are blunt metal and are designed to mimic the mother’s bite on the loose skin on the back of the neck. Care must be taken to educate oneself on the proper use of dominant dog collars and prong collars when training Rottweiler puppies up to two years old, since improper use can lead to at worst injury and least fear of these tools, thus hampering training.

The final class of dog obedience collar is the electronic collar, or e-collar. This collar is specially designed to operate via a remote control held by the handler so that the dog is not tied to a leash and can enjoy a relative amount of freedom. Signal ranges are often quite far, in excess of over a kilometer in some cases, and provide visual feedback via an lcd screen and tactile feedback via an adjustable potentiometer. Many brands are waterproof and also offer different stimulation, or “stim” levels and types. For example, “nick” is an option which relays a quick burst of electricity and “continuous” relays a signal for as long as the button is depressed, usually for no more than ten seconds. Some ecollars also offer a page function which allows the handler to trigger a vibration that can be conditioned as a recall command.

Five Types of Collars and Their Uses

Looking for a collar for your puppy or dog can certainly be confusing with the overwhelming assortment of collars on the market today. Before you purchase a collar, consider what you need one for and the different types available. Some people buy fashionable collars for their pet to make a statement but there are other reasons, such as obedience training, protection training, for walking and more. Here are five very common types of dog collars used for different purposes.

Leather Collars – These collars are comfortable for the dog, soft, strong, weather proof, and hard wearing. They are available in round or flat shapes. The rounded collars work well on dog breeds with longer hair while the flat collars seem to work best on short haired dogs. If a dog pulls, the rounded collar could certainly irritate the dogs’ throat and cause hacking behaviors.

Leather Training Collars – Dogs such as Rottweiler, German shepherds and other protection and competition breeds use these comfortable two-inch wide collars during bite and agitation training.

Chain Collars – People normally use the slip-choker type collars, purely for training their pet but once fully trained, they should fit their dog with a more comfortable leather or nylon collar. When used properly, the chain slip collar is an extremely efficient tool but if the pet starts choking remove the collar immediately and get some professional advice on how to use it correctly. Along with body and voice signals, dogs should wear this slip-chocker type collar loose. Getting professional assistance or taking the dog to obedience school to learn how to obedience train the dog and use this collar properly is an excellent idea.

Pinch Collars – Although prong or pinch collars look extremely uncivilized, they are actually very useful when put on the dog properly and are less likely to injure the dog than a slip-collar. It is important to work with a professional trainer when using this type of collar as the trainer will fit the dog with the proper sized collar and show you how to use it correctly. The pinch collar is a great tool for the right dog and handler.

Nylon Collars – Nylon collars are very sturdy, lightweight, long wearing, inexpensive, and come in a huge selection of colors, patterns and styles. They are ideal as an everyday collar and the perfect place to hang your dog’s identification, vaccination and other tags.