A friend told me that my dog collars were "useless". I asked him why. He said that it did not do anything to train my dogs. He then recounted how his other friend had "great" training collars that taught the dog not to bark too much, or not to pull on a leash.
Dog training collars have cropped up everywhere. There are different kinds of collars that are generally available at pet stores. One of these is the prong collar, which looks like a medieval and primitive torture device for dogs. Basically, it is a collar with spikes. These spikes and prongs press on your dog’s neck making it stop whatever it is doing. Prong collar manufacturers swear that the pressure is applied mildly and will not hurt the dog.
However, prong collars are recommended only for bigger dogs with thick necks, and definitely not for smaller ones who constantly yank on the leash. It should not be worn regularly and is only considered as a correction tool.
To avoid injuring your dog, it should be fitted perfectly because incorrect use will do your dog more harm than good.
Another training collar is the choke chain. It is what its name says it is; it chokes your dog. Pet owners who use the choke chain have reported extensive neck and trachea injuries in their dogs.
Both are horrible and ghastly pieces of training devices for me. I will not use them on my furry friends, nor will I recommend their use to anybody.
There is however some training collars which are more acceptable and safer. One is called the Gentle Leader, which looks like a muzzle that sits behind your dog’s ears and is connected by two nylon straps. You control the dog by controlling his nose. Another one is called the halti, which basically follows the same principles. The Gentle Leader has been known to be more effective for dog training purposes.
For me pet collars are a way of controlling your dog, not train them. If you want to train your dog to behave properly, I suggest you get a lot of treats and pet them or praise them for a job well done. It might be more laborious, but it is generally much more humane.