Hey! I am using half check collar though I train my dog with positive training methods. The reason why I chose half check collar is that as a puppy my samoyed learned how to escape from normal collars, I just could not get it tight enough and I could not prevent the escape. She escaped usually when she did not want to come inside and she ran away. I tried and tried to teach her (in vain) how to behave on a leash (not to escape). Every time I went outside I started to be scared if she escaped from the collar and I could not train her because I was constantly unsure whether she can escape or not. Her life is my responsibility but how can I train her if I'm afraid all the time that she will be hit By a car. First thing was that I had to make sure that whenever she is on a leash she cannot escape. Every normal collar was not an option since she had learned how to free herself of them. The shape of her head and her thick fur made it possible. Once she almost was hit by a car and that was when I decided thatI have to find a collar which I can tighten up when she tries to escape. So I bought a half check collar (as it is called in Finland) . I bought a size which could not harm my dog when it is as tight as it can be. When it tightens it does not choke her instead it just makes the collar little bit smaller but not too small; I can still get my fingers under the collar when it is as tight as it can be. First few times she tried so hard to get herself out of the collar. That was the point when I was able for the first time to change the behaviour and it worked! Ever since I have been able to train her to that point where nowadays she can run free and she comes back when I ask her to. She walks beside me, she walks free, she does not run away. I don't care if people think that I am a bad person because I use half check collar. I think it means more why you use it, to solve what, to help what problem. Well, a professional trainer would have solved my problem maybe without a half check collar but I am not a professional trainer. I would not use choke collars to stop pulling, I would never use pinch or prong collars or shock collars. I don't feel bad that I'm using it (half check collar), I feel that I'm using it right. I could never use bare chain choke collar, that was also why I chose broad leather collar with that little tightening part. Am I bad person? I don't care if someone thinks that. But look at the picture of Nenya, my dog. Does she look like suffering?
The Choke collar is the predecessor to the martingale dog collar, used to either gain control over, or train, a dog. More than likely you have seen one used with a dog. Made of a metal chain, the choke collar works by tightening around a dogs neck when it is pulled. A choke collar is inexpensive, and can be an effective training tool when used in conjunction with voice commands. While it is probably one of the most common collars used today, when used improperly it can cause pain, or worse, injure a dog, as there is no limit to how tightly the collar can be constricted around the neck.
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