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Physical Corrections

OK ... Here we go.... physical corrections... let's get right to it. I think there are some people out there that think that a physical correction is some sort of terrible thing. That certainly can be the case if the wrong trainer is teaching the wrong dog. Understand that thousands of animals end up in animal shelters and humane societies and are destroyed because they used a training collar or chain collar on a dog that should not have had one used. At the same time, many dogs end up in animal shelters and humane societies because they did not use one of these training collars on a dog that needed one. These are certain dogs that may be high strung or out of control that need to be corrected in a manner that lets them know what you want, and at the same time, is something that does not hurt them or jeopardize your relationship. One of the best ways to correct the dog fairly and easily is the use of a a training collar or my  ALTERNATIVE TRAINING COLLAR.


I wanted to take some time and talk a little about the chain collar. The CHAIN COLLAR or choke chain as many people call it is a actually a great tool in training when it’s used the right way. What amazes me are the amount of people that are out there that have issues with the CHAIN COLLAR. After speaking to dozens of these people while on the road, I have found that many of them have issues because of the past. They either were not taught how to use the collar, and they did something to the dog they felt bad about; or they saw someone do something bad to a dog they felt bad about. The bottom line is they got emotional about dog training and let their past dictate the present and the future.

I can’t tell you the hundreds of people that have used my technique that had prior negative issues to using a chain collar or training collar. It seems like they just needed some clarification and needed to understand how to use it. There are so many misconceptions about this tool. Here are a few:

  • Some will simply not use this tool because of the name that some people call it... A CHOKE CHAIN. 
  • I recently read one false claim that it “cuts off air to your dog for a brief instant”.

My personal feeling is that, yes, if you are abusive to your dog and hold him off the ground, it will cut off the air to your dog. But understand that the same inhumane person that would hold the dog off the ground with a training collar and leash, would still find another way to abuse the dog even if he didn’t have a training collar.

The truth is that in the wrong situation with the wrong dog, there is no question that a chain collar or training collar is the wrong tool. As I said, I am sure that thousands of dogs have ended up in animal shelters and humane societies over the years just because the wrong person was using one on a the a dog that did nor require one.

More times than not, it is the person behind the training collar and not necessarily the tool itself. But in my opinion, there are 3 reasons why a dog might have had some sort of aversive reaction or fear of the chain collar or training collar:

  • The person handling the dog was an abusive person. It didn’t matter if they used the training collar or not, he still would have found some way to abuse the animal.
  • The person training the dog was using a training collar on a dog that did not need to use it on that particular dog. They were using the wrong tool.
  • The person handling the dog was never taught how to properly use the training collar, or how to put one on.

But it seems like more times than not, the biggest reasons they had a problem with a chain collar or training collar is simply because the y never learned how to use it correctly, or because of something they saw or learned from the past.

Without the proper understanding of the use of a training collar, what ends up happening is the owner either corrects the dog too hard, or does not correct the dog enough. If you use these, minimal corrections are the key!!


I would simply recommend a training collar for high strung dogs, or even dogs that are wanting to pull on the leash. There are many dogs that may start off as what I classify as "high strung" dogs that will mellow out as they begin to understand what you want. A good rule of thumb is that if your dog wants to pull or wants to jump on people, try using a training collar.

Now that I have mentioned chain collars or training collars, take a look at my ALTERNATIVE TRAINING COLLAR. I patented this in 2010, and it is an alternative to a chain collar in that the leather lays against the dogs front part of his neck. If you correct the dog, he feels the leather and not the chain. .