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What type of collar should you use during dog training? A harness, a regular collar, a prong/pinch collar, a shock collar….? This is a common question and depending on who you ask, you are likely to get a variety of answers. In this short video, I will attempt to simplify matters a bit:) What type of collar do you use? Does this video make you reconsider your collar choice moving forward?

33 Comments

  1. lealani presa

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Are martingales ok?

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  2. Melanie & Angie Gomez

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Hi, I have a question. What is good to do or how and with what to train my dog to not bark at people? He is a really good dog and is really good at home but when I take him out for his walks he pulls like a lot and barked at people as if he wants to attack them so people think he is anVicious dog and he is not!! ?

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  3. Wolfy

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I swear I've never seen this video until right now but I'm having this feeling that I've seen this video before. Deja vu?

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  4. as lk

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Any color can be dangerous if not used properly

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  5. OKBABYFAN

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I use a harness for my small Maltese/bichon mix and I use a collar for my yorkie mix but he's 7kg so he's double my small dogs size and he broke his harness before (the 7kg one)

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  6. The Canine Nutritionist

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Choke, pinch and prong collars should be avoided in all cases.

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  7. FreyaLabMix

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Cesar uses prong and choke collars, he’s a “professional”

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  8. monmixer

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I prefer advise from people whom are not selling or endorsing a product. that eliminates motives that might not be in the best interest of your pets health.

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  9. David Fayle

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I want my puppy to be off leash so badly but I get way to nervous, and whenever I see someone like Zak who can leave their dogs off leash anywhere, it makes me feel awful.

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  10. Happy Hound Dog Obedience

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    What a load of crap.

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  11. kjaye57

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    My GSD is 15 months and very lead reactive to other dogs on walks. This is fear based but she lunges and barks and carries on… a head collar just about snapped her neck, but she kept going because fear based reactivity over rides all else. ?

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  12. Anjaleen Princy

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Hi zac.. one of my puppy is deaf.. is pager collar safe to train her or is it bad as shock collar.. she's a bandogge mastiff… she will be a big girl soon.. i need to find a way to communicate if shes away

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  13. Kaitlyn Waszak

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    What are your thoughts about martingale collars and using that as a harness as well?

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  14. MsLeelee94

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I’m gonna have to try something mine almost drag you down and now he slings his head back chewed up two leashes at 4 mths old and 42 lbs he’s very strong I tried the treats and the good boy if I ran out of treats he would bite my hand or try to rip my pocket off he is the hardest dog I have ever had to train hates leashes or minding at all I had to take a day away from him I was so mad

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  15. Hector Mejia

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Prong collards, choke collards, slip leads and e-collards are wonderful and a more humane when used properly. If abused they will cause a lot of damage, but some dogs do need that kind of training and outright discarding because they look scary or one doesn't know how to use it is ignorant on its own.

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  16. Tate portman

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Can I use the choke chain collar just for looks and really loose but for walks use a harness

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  17. lins

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I like chain collars because they look cool, it doesn’t leave a mark on my dogs neck because he has a lot of fur, doesn’t get dirty and is easy to take of. I don’t use it to choke him. There’s two ways of using it, if you put the leash on one, you’ll choke the dog, if you put it i the other, it won’t. It just works as any other collar, is just a little more uncomfortable if you pull the leash.

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  18. Nikkk Zagdu

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Haters gonna hate my dog has a choke collar and a prong also a normal collar. Helped me alot I knew how to use them no harsh jerking just a little pull his neck isnt destroyed nor it doesnt hurt him I always check his neck. I hardly ever use the choke collar its useless to be honest. I keep the normal collar on so I leave him near the shop and so he doesnt pull and yank his neck when he's tied to a pole. What also helped me was being alpha, I have a great relationship with my dog he loves me no matter what and so do i but keeping my dog in alpha training helped him keep calm and collected and no I dont beat nor bark at my dog, he also knows basic obediance. So in my opinion it doesnt matter to me what kind of collar a dog wears but as long as its used properly. You see some dogs dont react greatly with training with treats or playtime therefore they need a little more pressure (no abuse) a more stern person

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  19. Don Parkhurst jr

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    All these ignorant comments on prong collars are just excuses for being lazy. I deal with all kinds of dogs each week in a shelter that range from dogs that already are good on a leash to ones that are horrible and seem as though it would be impossible to train them. Guess what? I've never had to use a prong collar once!!! It's absolutely not needed. Just take the time to actually learn what the hell you are doing, learn how to connect with the dog and there is no need for it. If you are a trainer who is knowledgeable about dog behavior then its even worse. It just means you are lazy and trying to find an easy way out. Stop spreading your ignorance people! Try actually putting in the work to understand how to actually train the dog instead of relying on tools that can potentially harm your dog. Stop being lazy!!!

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  20. Yellow W

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I like you zak but I tried the gentle leader (head collar) and flat buckle collars but I literally cannot control my great dane with them. He jumps, pulls and lunges. The prong collar has saved my life (and my dogs too). It's true he does not act the way he does with the collar on when I take it off but I don't need him to. I just need to be able to take him on walks, which before the prong collar I could not do without jeopardizing my safety or his. Once pulled me over and I fell into a snowbank, one time he decided he wanted to run out on the road and I just held on for dear life, I also could not stop him from meeting other random dogs in the street and I sprained my ankle trying to control him a couple times. This was all on a gentle leader. I wouldn't dare attach the leash to a flat collar. Now with the prong collar we go on long walks and his quality of life has improved. Our relationship is probably better too. I love my great dane, I would never do anything to hurt him. The prong collar does not hurt him because he has learned to behave when it's on.

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  21. TRINI V

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Can you recommend someone to train in the carribean ( trinidad) . Need a service dog for my autistic son but I can't find a humane one .

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  22. DiVine

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Im trying to remember to train from the inside out! Thanks Zac.

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  23. Shay King

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Absolutely

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  24. berthas30

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    if i were you i would look for bemix pets dog collars.. 🙂

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  25. Kara Mitchell

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    i use martingale collars on my golden and dane.. is that ok??

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  26. Ameya Joshi

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    You are amazing man ! Not only about dog training, but about training as a concept itself, there is lot to learn from you… I am your big fan. Subscribing this channel right now. Your trainings are really helping us change our 'perception' we see our pet. Your profoundness amazes me…! Lots of best wishes. May God bless you..

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  27. Just Me

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Uphill battle is right! I do most of the training in our house and I still can't get my husband away from wanting to use one of these archaic devices! It's deeply rooted too because it's what his Father used on their dogs. So… It's hard to convince him even when I have our dogs walking nicely on regular leashes with regular collars. Sigh.

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  28. MiVidaBellisima

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I think the bottom line is….
    The humane methods are by far superior and owners owe it to their dogs to keep researching and make humane methods the priority.

    However, I do see that the "inhumane" although should only cause mild discomfort and shouldn't be used as a substitute for training give results faster with stubborn dogs, and sometimes these behaviors being eliminated are the difference between life and death. It is critical if this is your last resort you're doijng research and using these methods accurately and with the lowest discomfort possible.

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  29. Lishad Latheef

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    hello zak I am lishad my german shepherd puppy is 2 month old he isn't listening anything he doesn't like to bath even what should I do ? oh and when should I put a collar on my puppy his name is bruno

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  30. Sam King

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Hey Zak – Choke collars aren't really choke collars at all. In fact we call them 'correction collars' due to the sound they make when a dog needs a small correction. This chain on chain sound created by a small tug from the owner reminds the dog that it is walking too fast etc. 99% of the time my dog walks with the correction collar loose around the neck (when used correctly.) Dogs will learn to heel comfortably by your side with consistency and not feel any anxiety knowing that you are their pack leader. What do you think about that? Open for discussion if you disagree.

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  31. Doug H. in VA

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    he gave his bias away …. 'shock collar' …. no one except biased or ignorant people call an electronic collar anything but 'electronic collar' , 'e-collar' or 'remote collar'. And that is because they ARE NOT TO SHOCK . Zak is a dog pro and any amateur or pro knows how e-collars are used. He does not even mention how an e-collar is correctly used… and he is a dog pro. He is biased.

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  32. Selena Yuan

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    What do you think of martingales?

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  33. Lily Diaz

    June 28, 2018 at 4:31 am

    What about spray collars for controlling barking?

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