This collar is not intended to give a painful correction. It is intended to take the air away from a dominant aggressive dog.
More dogs are put to sleep everyday for aggression problems than they are properly trained.
Killing a dog must ALWAYS be the last resort. Learning how to use a dominant dog collar can and will often make the difference between having a dog put down or ending up as a pack leader and a dog the you can live with.
Some dogs will often get over-stimulated by a prong collar resulting in a more hectic and aggressive dog. The Dominant Dog Collar is designed to be used on handler aggressive or dog aggressive dogs. Using a Dominant Dog collar correctly on the takes the drive and fight out of the dog.
If you have a problem with dog aggression or a dominant dogs, we recommend that you get the Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs DVD. We also have an extensive collection of articles pertaining to dominant and aggressive dogs We recommend you read the article on Dealing with the Dominant Dog written by Ed Frawley.
Individuals who use this collar for handler aggression should have their dog undergo through a solid pack structure program. For adult dogs, we recommend the Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD. For puppies, we recommend the Living with Your Puppy - Establishing Pack Structure DVD.
Due to government restrictions, countries such as Australia and a few in Europe do not allow the use of remote or electric collars. These dominant dog collars are a viable alternative.
Below is information on getting the right size of dominant dog collar as well as some effective ways you can use the Dominant Dog Collar.
These dominant dog collars come in 1 inch increments, from 7 inches up to 28 inches in size.
Measure the dog's neck just under the jaw and right behind the ears. Use a string or cloth tape measure. The string should be VERY SNUG. It should be as tight a measurement as you can get it. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have the tightest possible measurement located at the top of the neck directly below the jaw line. Order a collar that is the exact length of that measurement.
If you have measured your dogs neck properly and your dogs neck size is in between two sizes, then order a collar that is the next size smaller. For example if your string size is 13 1/2 inches then order a 13 inch dominant dog collar. (The hardware is smaller on the dominant dog collars that are 8 - 12 inches. The hardware is larger on the collars that are 13 inches and larger.) If you are questioning your measurement, please call us first and we will talk you through the process.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to get a tight, snug measurement. There should be no extra room at all between the dogs neck and the tape measure or string.
When these collars are properly fit they will stay in place and not slip down the neck. If you start add inches to the string you will get a collar that is the wrong size. It will not stay in place and not be as effective for training.
View our video on Dominant Dog Collar Sizing.
It is very important that trainers understand that the proper fit will not only ensure better training it is also a safety issue with the dog. The less movement in the handlers arm the faster the trainer is going to be able to take the slack out of the collar.
I am not a fan of choke collars as training collars. There are only a few legitimate training collars: a flat collar (leather or nylon), a prong collar, an remote collar (electric collar), and (with aggressive dogs) these dominant dog collars.
The dominant dog collar pictured below was mailed back to Leerburg and the customer claimed that it broke.
Well it did break after her dog chewed it off his neck.
Something like this can only happen when the customer makes a mistake in measuring their dog's neck. In this case, rather than return the collar for the correct size she chose to use it and found out why I say it's very important to measure correctly.
These collars don't break. We have never had one break. We have on occasion had a customer's dog chew through one and the customer has to replace it. Dogs chewing collars off their neck are not covered under warranty.
When the collar is properly sized it is impossible for this to happen because the dog cannot reach the 1 inch of slack that is left when it is on the dog.
If you are new to this product it is important that you understand how we intend the product to be used. This collar should not be used to give a leash correction. It's not intended to be used in the manner that old school YANK AND CRANK dog trainers jerked dogs around and gave corrections. Doing that with this collar or with a metal choke collar can and will damage the throat of your dog.
We choose not to sell small link metal chock collars. In our opinion these choke collars are dangerous and injure dogs.
Our dominant dog collar should only be used the way we explain in this article and in our DVDs. I cannot stress this enough. If you use our dominant dog collar the way we explain it is the best collar available to solve serious unwarranted aggression problems. If you use it to jerk your dog around with leash corrections you could very easily injure your dog.
What is the purpose of the clasp on the dominant dog collars? The dominant dog collar looks as though it is acting very much like the nylon slip with the exception of the clasp, so I was wondering about the difference between these two collars?
The purpose of a dominant dog collar is to take the air away from an aggressive dog. When they are not sized properly the dog can turn his head and chew through the collar in about 2 seconds.
A slip collar needs to be large enough to slide over the dogs head and ears- this is a problem with many breeds of dogs because it leaves too much slack in the collar (for the dog to turn his or her head).
The dominant dog collar is designed to wrap around the dogs neck, clip on with only an inch or so of slack. A very important feature for dog aggressive dogs.
I have plans on becoming a trainer and want to become a K9 officer when I am finished with my duties here in the Corps. Can you tell me if this is a common practice in Schutzhund and training police and military K9s. I have read on your site that you feel it is important to build a bond with your dog because he can like you but not respect you as a pack leader. Is this how you establish being a pack leader or is this the result of bad training practices? How is it that hanging a dog and beating him "forces" him to respect you? I would appreciate any information you can give me. Thank you.
These are very good questions.
In answering this I will also begin by saying that this topic is an issue that creates extreme emotion in people who don't understand dog aggression (specifically serious handler aggression) and pack structure.
While I have only had time to skim the link to your article - I have seen examples of animal abuse on the internet by various trainers. I can only say that there were no excuses for training methods that are unwarranted animal abuse. When it happens the handlers or owners should be punished.
With this said, some "selection tested police service dogs" (dogs in training to be police dogs) or some police service dogs that are mature adults occasionally have "handler aggression problems." Most often this is related to dogs with dominance issues. This form of aggression can be very dangerous for the handlers because these dogs have been trained to bite humans, so when they bite they do so with aggression that can cause serious injuries.
Unfortunately the issue of handler aggression is best dealt with at 7 or 8 months of age when dogs are still puppies. Dogs that are selected for police work are often 18 to 24 months of age, they are no longer puppies they are mature adults.
When dogs are young (7 months) dealing with emerging handler aggression and rank issues can be dealt with rather easily to show the dog that they are not pack leaders and this aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. At 7 months dogs "back down" rather quickly in deference to their handlers leadership. That doesn't happen if the dog is allowed to manifest handler aggression into adulthood.
When owners don't address aggression problems until the dog is 20 months old they are faced with a completely different scenario than what they had when the dog was 7 months old. The fact is it's almost impossible to bond with adult dogs with handler aggression because they are always trying to dominant you. These are dogs that have behavioral problems that make them very hard to live with.
Often times what happens with dogs like this is they are put to sleep because they end up biting the wrong people. This happens all too often with pet owners and it can even happen with inexperienced service dog owners.
There are times when an adult dog can have its dominance turned around with rather extreme measures by using our dominant dog collars. This does involve taking the dogs air away when the dog tries to attack the handler. These dominant dogs learn rather quickly that they are not a higher ranking member of the pack than the handler they just tried to bite. This process is normally over very quickly, it takes 3 or 4 sessions for a dog to realize he had better not try and bite his owner/handler. With police service dogs this should be done under the supervision of an experienced trainer or instructor. While it's an ugly process it often saves the life of a dog because it is a last resort that's done RATHER THAN killing the dog.
There are always going to be so called behaviorists who think they can counter condition a dog with motivational methods. These are people who have worked with shelties and golden retrievers their entire career. Their methods may work with some (emphasis on SOME) family pets with minor problems. Their methods do not work with dogs that have true aggression. When faced with dogs like these - these people walk away with lame excuses on why this dog is un-trainable.
These self proclaimed behaviorists often offer dangerous advice that DOES NOT WORK !!! and in fact it is all too often drop dead stupid. When dog owners try these methods and the dogs continue to bite the owners or others the dogs end up being put to sleep. In many cases this is too bad because with pack structure training, correct obedience training and controlling the environment that these dogs are allowed to live in they can live safe lives.
With all this said, when rank has been established it is possible to form a bond with many of these dogs. Handlers can train them motivationally and have a great relationship with the dog. But they must always micro-manage the environment the dogs are allowed to live in, they must always micro-manage the dogs behavior through obedience training and they must be aware of dominance raising its ugly head. When that happens correcting the problem seldom requires the extreme measures used to extinguish the original behavior. It only requires the handler reminding the dog who the pack leader is.
In closing, there is no place in dog training for beating or hitting a dog. Beating and hitting is not a correction, it is animal abuse.