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How to use a pinch collar for dog training by Warner Snell

How I Use Pinch Collars for Dog Training

You use a pinch collar like a choker chain except you do not yank on it. I like to start out with "heel" and walk in a big circle, going kind of slow the first few sessions.

It is important to keep your hand and leash in the same location so that the dog walks into the pinch. Therefore, it is easier if you hook your hand over a pocket, belt, or whatever so that the leash stays in a fixed position. That way the dog learns to judge the proper position more quickly. If you hold the leash close by one time, and then a foot away the next time, it makes it difficult for the dog.

After 2-3 sessions I start making tighter turns, then go to a box, then a figure 8, and then I begin to vary my pace, etc. If the dog continues to forge ahead after several sessions as some will, I start making a 180 when he does.

Pinch collar fit is vital. You can add links and take out links to get a good fit. You want pinch collars loose enough that the dog doesn't feel any pressure when he is in the proper position, but tight enough to pinch him when he gets out of position.

Each dog is different and you have to be a little more forceful with some. The dog is more sensitive high up on his neck because there is less muscle. I put my pinch collars right below the dog's ears on stubborn dogs. Initially, however, I like to let the dog get used to the collar before applying pressure. If the dog is wearing a regular collar, I put the pinch collar in front. You have to check frequently to be sure the prongs aren't catching on the regular collar. It won't work if they do.
- Warner Snell

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