Depends on the dog. I have used chokes, pinches, train on flat. I know some who have used gentle leaders. I don't assume one collar is best cause each dog is an individual.
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I agree with Susan. I think it depends on the dog. Jeb works in a chain choke collar.
if you are talking about an eight week old puppy I would say a plain flat buckle collar is the only choice (and only worn under supervision)
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I agree with Brody. For an 8 week old puppy a flat normal collar is the best option in my opinion. We graduated Milly to a martingale at 4 months for one night a week when it was Obedience and then back to her flat collar. At 7 months we switched to a chain choke as the martingale's in our area no longer fit her chubby neck and once again, it's only for walks and Obedience. Flat collar or no collar for everything else.
I'm not talking for an eight week old puppy ... I'm talking when puppy is old enough to go from a regular (flat) collar to a training collar.
We used a flat collar on Cybil for her daily collar (her tags were on it) and used a pinch collar only for walking/obedience. A choke collar wasn't effective and had I known about the existance of the martingale I would have tried that before the pinch.
Does anyone here use the gentle leader or a similar product?
I only use the gentle leader in situations where I have to be able to control him no matter what. For example when I broke my foot last year, I would use the gentle leader to get him to the car and back when I took him to the beach (so he could swim water retrieves and I just had to stand there, lol!) or when we go rollerblading, and I can't afford for him to knock me off balance.
I used this video to acclimate him to the gentle leader:
Other than that we use a sense-ation harness for walking (mostly just because I wanted "walking" equipment to be much different than "training" equipment) and a martingale for if we go anywhere and he needs to wear a collar with his tags. (mom's house, friend's house, park, etc). Both dogs are nekkid in the house though.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
I started with flat collars, then chain collars for obedience with Emilu. We were doing "OK", but when I went to a more advanced trainer, she recommended a prong collar which we switched to and I had much better luck with it. I eventually switched back to a chain when I was going to show, and then just to a flat collar again because Emilu would stop and scratch at the chain collar all the time. When I started training Skippy I just used a flat collar, but I still use a prong on him when we go out in public just for better control because he doesn't heel as well.