Training Collars for Small Dogs

Different types of dogs require unique types of training collars. There are a number of factors that can go into the choice of which type of training equipment to purchase for your pet. Among the most important of these is the size of your pet; generally, smaller dogs require special types of training collars to ensure that they do not become injured or otherwise harmed as a result of your disciplining them with the collar. Read on for a brief overview of some of the different types of collars used for dogs, and particularly for those that work well on small dogs.

Choke Collars

Choke collars are among the most popular types of different training collars in general. These collars function by constricting slightly around your pet's neck as he attempts to move away from you. When the leash becomes taut, the strap of the leash pulls on the connector on the choke collar. The various parts of the collar chain pull away toward the leash as well, thereby constricting slightly.

The choke collar is a good choice for dogs that are small, because it's difficult for them to cause injury to themselves. Dogs will typically feel discomfort when they pull too hard and will back away, allowing more slack to develop in the leash.

Pinch Collars

Pinch collars are not typically as safe for small dogs as choke collars are. However, they are still good options if you're looking for a way to help discipline your dog with a training collar. Pinch collars are constructed from a variety of different links that clip together. When your dog pulls on the collar and away from the leash, the pieces of the collar tighten and slightly pinch the area around your dog's neck.

Pinch collars should be used sparingly on very small dogs, as they can cause more severe injuries. However, certain manufacturers make pinch collars that are specially designed for smaller pets, and these are appropriate.

Muzzled Collars

Collars with muzzles on them are good for small dogs that have the tendency to get aggressive or to bite when going through a training process. If this applies to your dog, a muzzled collar can help to prevent your pet from lashing out. It may make the process of rewarding your pet with treats more difficult, however, so it's a good idea to plan your method of praising and admonishing your pet during training accordingly, if necessary.

Muzzled collars will typically not have a disciplinary function built in as well, so note that you'll have to find another way of admonishing your pet or keeping him in line, rather than relying upon his collar to do so for you.

These and other types of training collars are available at most pet supply stores. Ask your veterinarian for more recommendations or for types of collars that are specific to your pet and your training program.