Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Two more new collars for Elsa and Elly on March 23, 2011 - A Training Collar for a Small Puppy - How to train a Puppy With a Collar and Leash

New collars for Elsa and Elly - Blue and purple. Elsa will be wearing purple and Elly blue. Heard that they have been very naughty today. They kept want to come in the house and explore. I told Eunice maybe they are just being boring and wants companion but according to her she said they are really very mischievious this evening. They are disobedient.

Wait till I get back then both Elsa and Elly will know if they can bully me. Haha!!

A Training Collar for a Small Puppy

Most people do not think of training collars when they see a puppy. However, if that small puppy is going to grow up to be a well-trained big dog, training collars are a must. In addition, even a small dog can pull, so teaching a puppy how to walk properly on a leash will add enjoyment to daily walks.


Buckle collars are great for holding identification information about a dog. In addition, the buckle collars are great for desensitizing a dog to wearing a collar. Collars are not natural, and for some small puppies the collar can be rather scary. Getting them used to a collar is an integral first step in training a puppy to walk on a leash and eventually off a leash.

Finding buckle collars small enough for a small puppy can be difficult. If the appropriate size dog collar cannot be found, consider using a cat collar. Another collar can be a piece of ribbon loosely tied around the puppy's neck. Be sure to check the collar frequently as puppies do grow quickly and what was loose yesterday may suddenly be too tight today.

Leash Training

Prong collars are often too large for small puppies, and choke chains should never be used on a dog. This typically leaves very small pinch collars and buckle collars for small puppies. The average puppy wants to please, so using a buckle collar with slight corrects is often enough for a small puppy. For the puppy of a large breed, a pinch collar may be necessary simply to check the strength of the dog. When using a prong collar it is important to realize that its purpose is to simply pinch the dog, not stab it. When correcting the dog, use two firm but not hard tugs of the leash. The this will cause the prongs to "pinch" together and reprimand the puppy.


Anti-pulling harnesses apply pressure around a puppy's chest and shoulders. Some also work to lift the dog off the ground when pulling. In most cases they do not work to actually correct the dog, but rather give the dog something to push against. The average harness is not an effective training tool when working with a small puppy, unless that puppy does not pull.


Collars to avoid include the choker collar and a shock collar. Choker collars are known for causing serious damage to a puppy's neck and spine. Shock collars can be extremely painful and cause permanent damage to a small puppy. Head harnesses should be avoided as well because they can cause spinal damage if the dog lunges at something.

How to Train a Puppy With a Collar & Leash

Training your puppy to walk on a leash requires patience, as many puppies are often initially resistant to wearing a collar and being attached to a leash. With time and practice, your puppy should be able to walk calmly on its lead whenever you are out in public. When training your puppy, it is important to remain consistent with your expectations, so your dog does not become confused about what behaviors are acceptable.


Place the collar on your puppy. Put your dog's collar on when you have time to play with it and distract it from the collar. Give your puppy time to adjust to the new sensation and only remove the collar when your puppy is not working to get it off. Put the collar on the puppy several times until it does not seem to mind wearing it.

Attach a short leash to your puppy's collar. After you puppy has become accustomed to wearing the collar, clip a leash to it. Allow your puppy to wander, supervised, around with the collar and leash so it gets used to the sensation. Distract your dog from chewing on the leash by feeding it or playing a game and remove the leash when your puppy seems uninterested in it.

Place the collar and leash on your puppy and teach it to come and follow you by calling its name and offering a small treat and praise when it comes to your voice or follows you as you walk away.

Pick up the end of the leash, keeping it slack. For your first interactions, avoid guiding your puppy but take turns following it and having it follow you while keeping the leash loose. Praise your puppy with treats and your voice as you practice.

Stop walking if your puppy pulls. If your puppy pulls on its leash, simply stop walking and wait for it to relax and release the tension on the leash. When it creates slack in the leash offer a small treat or praise and continue walking, repeating the process as necessary. Resist the urge to pull back on the leash against your dog.

Encourage your puppy forward. If your puppy lays down or refuses to move forward while you are walking it on a leash, place a treat several feet in front of it and praise it as it walks toward the treat.