How to put on a training collar
WRONG!
RIGHT!
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 training/slip collar on an unattended, unsupervised dog.  These collars are to be used only
when supervised!

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 below.

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.
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Right way to put on your collar:
Wrong way to put on your collar:
Reminders:

Your training collar does you no good if it's left at home, or in your purse or pocket.  Your dog should be
collared and leashed and ready to work BEFORE you attempt any training exercises.  (This seems obvious,
but you'd be surprised at how many people arrive at our training studio with a 'naked' dog!)

Leash & Collar Safety & Use:

Remember:  If you're planning on interacting with your dog, you MUST be able to back up what you say.  That
means if you are with the dog and supervising it, the dog is ALWAYS LEASHED and ready to work.
 
One way to accomplish this is to have your dog wear his leash & collar anytime he is
supervised (yes - even
in the house).   

Plus, you should ALWAYS have your training collar & leash on and your dog should be ready to work when he
is out in public - this includes 'transition' times, like to and from the car to the vet, the training studio, etc.

A word about safety:  Because we primarily recommend training in slip collars/leads, your dog MUST be
supervised at ALL TIMES when it is wearing its training collar.  Because these collars are designed to tighten
with pressure, it is unsafe to leave them on your dog when you're not with the dog and supervising it.  This
means even for a moment - if you're not watching/supervising, the collar comes off.  

Sound like a lot of work?  Actually - all that on/off of the collar & leash benefits you in the long run in 2 ways:  1.
If you're taking them of and on quite often, it no longer becomes a signal to your dog that something is about to
happen (like training or a walk, which some dogs can get overexcited about).  2. It desensitizes your dog to the
presence of the collar & leash, and makes the transition to off-leash work in the future much smoother