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Do you use corrective collars?

Dare I even ask this, but I'm curious as to how many people use corrective collars.
I'm not just thinking of the average golden who is a great family member and out for a walk (although I can see if the golden pulls a lot, the owner might consider those collars an option)
I'm more specifically thinking about more focused work, s.a. training, service work, etc.
Do you use a corrective collar? If so, what kind?
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Competition obedience training? Yes. But not to correct pulling. More along the lines of being a "working collar" and one that allows more precise corrections.

My dog wears a choke chain for obedience, a lighter choke chain for conformation, and I've used prongs on occasion (it isn't a permanent need).

I don't particularly recommend people putting any of these collars on their dogs unless they are taught how to use them and there is a lot of emphasis on light hands and positive corrections, timing, and rewards.

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Herm Sprenger collar.

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Working with our trainers we start out using a 'pinch' collar then as the dog progresses into field training and collar conditioning, we use an e collar for training a dog for field events.
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1" Martingale collar, all fabric no chain.
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Hospice therapy dogs, flat buckle collars their whole lives. We teach them how to behave politely on leash and how to move into different positions (i.e., scooching up by a bedside) without collar corrections.
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Obedience I use a pinch collar exclusively for heeling. Buckle collar in the ring. When we practice heeling it's always on lead with a pinch collar.
For the show ring a slip lead (no big deal -- it just looks good)
Field I use a pinch collar if needed and eventually an e-collar.
Just out for walks, it depends on the dog. For walks around the neighborhood I just use a regular buckle collar, walks in a congested area it depends on the dog. Slater is NOT a puller and is always walked on a buckle collar (this is pure luck). Fisher and Bally are pullers so I use either a pinch collar or a Sensation harness. I also like the 2" wide fleece-lined sighthound collars. They are pretty

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Martingale no chain. I had a bad experience with a dog pulling her head out of a regular collar when she got spooked. I've been paranoid since then. I'll use a flat bukle collar for Lily's therapy work only.

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Martingale no chain. I had a bad experience with a dog pulling her head out of a regular collar when she got spooked. I've been paranoid since then. I'll use a flat bukle collar for Lily's therapy work only.
FYI - Properly sized martingales (i.e., that become snug when taut but do not choke at all) are allowed by Pet Partners and TDI, so far as I know. Maybe you want a flat collar for Lily anyway, but I don't think martingales are disallowed by either therapy organization.
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I use a pinch collar when in a situation where I want more control. Zelda doesn't really need any corrections in general, but just having the collar on puts her in a working mode and she's more focused/better behaved. She's slowly progressing to not needing it anymore in certain situations, like walks down a fairly calm street.


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