|How to put on a training collar
The slip collar, training collar, or 'choke chain,' MUST be put on the right way to avoid injury to your dog, and to
make the collar work during training. Pictures 1 through 5 below, show the correct way to put on the slip
collar for a dog that will eventually be heeling on the handler's correct (left) side.
Safety Note: NEVER leave a choke collar on an unattended, unsupervised dog. These collars are to be
used during supervised training sessions ONLY!
When pulled snug, the collar should have about 3 to 5 inches of extra chain. If there is less, the collar is too
tight. If there is more than 5 inches, the collar is too loose. Proper fit is vital to the function of the collar.
Check the fit of the collar every time you put it on - especially on growing puppies!
The best way to put on the collar is to make the letter 'P' as shown in pic 1 below and put the collar on the dog
FACING the dog as shown in pic 4. The leash is attached to the ring in your left hand.
Picture 3 below shows what the correct collar looks like from above, when your dog is on your left side.
Picture 5 below shows what the correct collar looks like from the front, when the dog is the handler's left side.
If you put the collar on incorrectly, you run the risk of hurting your dog. If the collar is on correctly, it will
tighten and release depending on you and your dog's movements. If it is on wrong, it will only tighten and
never release - ending up choking your dog and never rewarding it with a release for good behavior.
Pictures 6 through 10 below, show what the slip collar looks like when it is put on the wrong way.
If your collar looks like the letter 'q' when you hold it up in front of you, it is backwards - see pics 6 and 8
Pic 7 below shows what the incorrect collar looks like when your dog is standing on your left side.
Pic 9 below shows what the incorrect collar looks like if you are getting ready to put it on, facing your dog -
notice that the ring that attaches to the leash is hanging down on the right side, not the left!
Pic 10 below shows what the incorrect collar looks like from above, if your dog is standing on your left side.
'P' is for perfect!
From this position, the
collar should be placed
over the dog's head
while FACING the dog.
Right way to put on your collar:
Wrong way to put on your collar: