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The choke collar for dogs: principle and potential risks

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Posted on November 14 2018

More and more voices are rising against the use of the choke collar in dog training. Some people consider this method to be disrespectful of the animal, its health and its psychology. What is the choke collar for dogs? How does it work ? What effects can it have on the dog?


Today, it is the so - called positive methods that are favored in the education of dogs. They focus on valuing good behaviors to encourage animals to repeat them, rather than punishing bad ones . The use of certain accessories such as the electric collar and, what interests us here, the choke collar , is denounced by the educators who apply the principles of the positive reinforcement .

They often consider the choke collar as an object of archaic educational techniques. In most cases, it is used by educators or inexperienced owners who want quick results . Yet nothing can be achieved quickly in dog training. It is important to take your time and let your dog integrate the right behaviors at his own pace .

The different types of choke collars

There are several types of choke collars on the market. Here are the most common ones:

  •  The chain choke collar : this is the basic model. When the dog pulls on the leash, his master gives a "ringing", which means he snaps the leash to tighten the collar around the animal's neck. This produces a slight constriction that bothers him.
  •  The choke collar leather : it has the same operation as the strangler chain necklace, but it is by the material that it differs (leather instead of steel). This model is more expensive than the first one.
  • The semi-choke collar : this model is supposed to produce a throat of less intensity.
  •  The choke collar or semi-choke tip : even if the manufacturers insist that the tips do not hurt, it is easy to imagine the pain that can feel the dog.

His critics point to his physical consequences ...

Many canine educators are protesting against this practice, denouncing the physical effects it can cause in dogs.

The choke collar is indeed likely to give rise to lesions in the skin, vertebrae, trachea or larynx . A gesture made at the wrong time or too dry can have serious consequences for the health of the animal.

We can not rule out the risk of fault or malfunction of the collar . Here again, the effects left can be serious, especially since some owners have them permanently worn by their dogs, even when they do not walk them.

... and psychological

The choke collar is also blacklisted for the psychological traces it can leave. In particular, it is emphasized that the pain produced by strangulation creates a form of stress and trauma in the dog, which may become fearful or even aggressive .

It is also thought that the dog risks associating the pain of strangulation with the elements he perceives while undergoing this treatment (the people he meets, the other dogs, his environment ...). A negative association that is likely, again, to alter its behavior vis - à - vis these same elements.

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