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Re: Training Aids - Leads, collars, harnesses, headcollars.......
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 12:38:24 PM »
Videos about fitting and desensitizing to a headcollar and an Easy Walk Harness on this page

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Re: Training Aids - Leads, collars, harnesses, headcollars.......
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010, 14:27:40 PM »
Choke chains – no, no, no!

They are called choke chains for a reason. Many people don’t realise that there is a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to use these. Used the wrong way the chain will not loosen when the dog stops pulling.

They are inappropriate, have no business in ANY sort of dog training, especially as at Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales) we insist on positive, reward-based training methods only.

They can cause physical damage:
* Injured ocular blood vessels
* Tracheal and oesophageal damage
* Severely sprained necks
* Cases of fainting
* Transient foreleg paralysis
* Laryngeal nerve paralysis
* Hind leg ataxia

In addition, they can cause behavioural problems.  As they cause pain if a dog lunges or pulls while wearing one, a dog can associate the pain with whatever he is lunging or pulling at - for instance other dogs or people. This can lead him to become agressive towards other dogs or people as every time he sees one he gets a pain in the neck.  Doubly dangerous if the dog is already fear aggressive towards other dogs or people.

Choke/check chains do not teach a dog to walk on a loose lead - they teach a dog to avoid the pain associated with pulling on a choke/check chain.

See here:
Association of Pet Dogs Trainers - Choke Chain Leaflet
"Let's Teach Them, Not Choke Them"
Why the UK APDT is against the use of Choke Chains

Positive Dogs - Choke Chains - The Dangers and Hidden Dangers

Dog Remedies - The Dangers of Choke, Pinch (prong), and Shock Collars

If a dog needs control then a decent harness combined with a double-ended lead gives much better control, is kinder and will do no harm.  This is something I intend to cover in more depth at some time.
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