The Proper Use of Dog Training Leads, Collars and Chains

Dog training leads are great tools, when used correctly, to teach a dog to behave and walk properly on a leash.

Choosing the Right One

Before purchasing dog training leashes or leads, make sure the item will fit your dog correctly. A big dog will need a lead made of strong materials that will not rip or fall apart with his strength, such as leather training leads. On the other hand, a smaller dog will need a lead made of materials that are more lightweight, that won't weigh him down.

A collar should not fit so tight that it will cause harm, but should not be loose enough for a dog to slip out. You should be able to slip two fingers between the collar and the dog once it's secured.

Training Leads

A training lead is a good tool to use on dogs that like to pull on leashes. This type of training device can be used on dogs while out on a walk, because it's a gentle lead.

A training lead is placed behind a dog's ears and then around his face. The pressure of the lead allows you to steer or direct the dog in the direction desired, and can help teach a dog to heel while walking. The gentle force of the lead on the dog's face mimics the force a mother dog would use on her puppies when she's directing them to a certain location or to stop a particular behavior.

Some adult dogs may have trouble adjusting to a training lead, but this can be remedied with time and persistence.


Collars have many uses: to hook on a leash, a fashion accessory, an ID tag holder and may even have reflective colors that warn cars of a dog's presence.

Collars are usually made of nylon, leather, a synthetic leather material or a strong fabric. For dogs that often get wet or dirty, use a nylon collar that's easy to wash. A leather collar is good choice for its durability. Flat collars are good for short-haired dogs, while rolled collars are better for dogs with long hair.


Chains, or choke chains, are slip leads that should only be used on dogs during times of training - not as an everyday collar.

On a dog, a chain should be worn towards the top of the neck, by the ears. The idea behind choke chains is that a gentle yank on the chain will teach a dog how he needs to behave.

Training leads, collars and chains are great tools to use to help teach and restrain a dog. With old-fashioned training and practice, a dog and his owner can coexist peacefully in the outside, social world.