The choke chain is also called a slip collar and is NOT intended to choke your dog.
Slip collars can also be made from nylon, and I will discuss their use in another post. For this purpose, this page will discuss the metal slip collar or “choke chain.”
It is used by some trainers to offer:
negative reinforcement – tight pressure until the dog does what it’s asked
positive punishment – quick tug corrections
- When used properly, can be effective in quickly changing a behavior
- Can easily be used incorrectly
- Can cause severe neck damage
- Can cause aggressiveness
- Corrections must be timed right or else it could cause negative associations with people or other dogs
- Sends the message that dog training requires force
- They do not have anything that makes them stop constricting, so they can be very dangerous and can easily cause strangulation (even if the handler releases pressure)
- This collar definitely should not be left on when not training – too many dogs accidentally strangle themselves every year when left unsupervised with slip collar.
- The choke chain is a little outdated
If you decide that you still want a chain slip collar, here are some of the top rated on amazon.