Slip and martingale collars make great training tools, if used properly. Although they are in no way a quick fix for dogs who pull on the lead. To get the best results you will need to use a combination of reward and correction (not punishment). It’s best to only use slip collars when you’re able to train. To ensure effective training, it is recommended to avoid allowing your dog the chance to practice lead pulling. While your dog is learning, prevent walking on leash when you’re in a Seush or unable to train. Instead, exercise your dog in a safe, off leash area.
How Do Slip and Martingale Collars Work?
Slip and martingale collars work by tightening around Fidos neck, making it uncomfortable to pull. Although this alone may work in the beginning, it will be ineffective without the use of proper corrections. Fido should not pull, be pulled or choke when using a slip collar. Instead a gentle ‘pop’ on the lead should be used as a correction.
How to Use Slip and Martingale Collars?
To train loose leash walking using slip and martingale collars, you will need treats, a slip or martingale collar, and a clicker or bridge word. Training should always start in a comfortable, low distraction area, such as inside your house or yard. Begin by asking Fido to sit at your side. Take a step or two, click and reward if the lead stays loose. Ask for a sit and repeat. Add an extra step or two as Fido continues to keep a loose leash.
If Fido is about to reach the end of the leash, apply a gentle ‘pop’ on the leash. This should not be a tug, a jerk or a pull. Once you’ve applied the correction, instantly release pressure and turn to walk in the opposite direction. Reward Fido as he turns to follow, while the leash is still loose.
Practice 1-2 times a day for 5-10 minutes. Once you can walk around the house/yard without applying corrections, begin rewarding using the 300 peck method and begin practicing in higher distraction areas. Remember when moving to a new area to start the training again from the start.
3 Most Common Mistakes People Make
- Allowing Fido to Practice Pulling. It doesn’t matter how much you practice or how hard you try, if Fido is able to pull outside of training sessions, he will never learn. To prevent this you will need to control his environment. If your not prepared to reward and correct during his daily walk, take Fido somewhere safe and exercise him off leash. You must be consistent and reward and correct every time as necessary, while Fido learns.
- Incorrect Timing. Timing is everything in dog training. You must give correctionsas soon as Fido hits the end of the leash. To early will confuse him and to late Fido won’t understand pulling caused the discomfort. The same applies for rewards.
- Pulling Not ‘Popping’ The Leash. Corrections should be given as a quick, instant pop, immediately releasing the pressure. Pulling on the leash can cause Fido to pull back, which will in turn encourage pulling. Pulling on Fido can also cause him to ignore the pressure you apply making corrections pointless. You can also damage Fidos neck and trachea by pulling on his leash.