Dog Training Collars are a Great Training Tool
My husband uses dog training collars when he trains hunting dogs as a side business. He started by training our dogs. He found when he went hunting with friends; they were impressed with how well our dogs handled during the hunting trips. Friends began asking him to train their dogs and this has expanded into a part time business. He trains the dogs to respond to a whistle as well as to hand and verbal commands. When he is training for upland bird hunting he uses choke collars and for water retrieves he uses nylon dog collars.
The choke collar provides for more control for keeping the dogs steady and at a close enough hunting range so any birds they flush will be in shooting range. The nylon dog collars insure that the dogs can be identified if they get away from him. The nylon dog collars are lighter weight for the dogs to wear while in the water and they also dry quickly. In the past he used leather collars, however the leather takes a long time to dry and they can also cause discoloration around the dog's neck. Leather collars also tend to hold the smell of the oils from the hunting dog's coats. The smell can become offensive over time.
My husband encourages the owners to purchase a variety of dog training collars for their dogs. He wants them to have the choke collars that will be the accurate size for the dog as it grows. He also wants nylon dog collars in a variety of widths depending on the activity the dog is doing. Ill fitting collars can be dangerous for a dog. If the collar is too tight the dogs will be uncomfortable and if it is too lose it can snag on brush or debris that is under the surface of the water. A collar should fit so that it is too snug for the dog to slip out of but is loose enough so that two fingers can be slipped between the collar and the dog's neck.
Most of the dog training collars are adjustable, but they should still be close to the right size. Nylon dog collars are inexpensive so you can afford to replace them as the size changes.
During leash training my husband uses leather leashes. They are heavier in weight so the dog adjusts to the concept of being attached to you. Also the leather is more difficult for a dog to chew through if it is used to tie him up. We had one dog that could chew through a nylon leash if we would stop to talk to someone during a walk. She was so good at doing this that is would take her less than a minute to be off and running on her own.
Dog training collars are great in helping to have a dog that is well trained. It makes time that you spend together more enjoyable.