There are a few things that dog owners need to understand about leash training, especially when using a slip lead, what is also known as a ‘choke collar.’ Besides the name, there is no reason for a dog to choke while on leash. Signs of choking are coughing, wheezing, and any signs of difficulty breathing. Slip leads are common Dog Daycares or Boarding facilities because it is easy to slip on and off in emergency situations. It is easy to fall into the “puling behavior” and try to force a dog to do the human’s will, especially with unleashed trained dogs, but that ends up leaving the dog with a negative association with leashes in general, no matter who holds the leash. Here are some things to remember when using a slip lead, or a collar and leash:
A dog’s neck is not stronger or more resilient to damage than a human’s. Dogs have a similar construction to a human’s, meaning the damage that can be done to a person’s neck is similar to that done to a dog’s.
A dog’s first reaction to having something pull on their neck is to pull back, in order to try to get away. When that does not work for them, they pull and twist. A dog will continue into panic mode and continue pulling and twisting to get away, even if that suffocates them. That is similar to a human drowning. They will push and pull and PANIC, even when someone is there to save them because they are not thinking rationally or logically…. They are trying to survive. It is bad training to pull a dog or let the dog pull a human. Proper leash training is essential to a well behaved dog.