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    i was thinking you use it in a similar manner to a check chain, a quick tug on the lead when there doing something they shouldnt be then reward when they are bahaving.. is this correct?? i have never used a check chain before either, so i thought i would try a martingale collar as it cant continue to chock like a check chain. i have tryed haltis and the gentle leader harness.. good for controlling pulling but not fo corrections.

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    Hi marz84

    Any chance you could find a dog club instructor that would show you. It's a bit hard to describe in written form, it's much easier to see it working.

    You're looking to do three quick short tugs by way of correction. And release as soon as the dog is headed in the right direction eg back to you. Don't maintain tension (don't pull continuously) because that will just cause the dog to pull back (opposition reflex) and provide no value as a correction.

    There might be some youtube, do a search.

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    if i remember, its more the sound of the 2 metal rings that make a small ting sound to give the dog a bit of a clue and with the slight tug, and some dogs pick up on it and learn.
    its sorta of a gental correction to train the dog in a more friendly manner.

    steven.

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    I use a martingale in the same way I use a check chain. If I'm going to use it I have to be prepared to do so rather than nag at the dog.

    I normally combine a change in direction with the correction and take the lead across my body. This way the dog learns to pay attention to you.

    So if you correct hard (in relation to the size of the dog of course), take the lead across your body at the same time as a change in direction, which for me is normally a right about turn as the dog is on my left I can get an effective correction. It is not a dragging action but a short quick snap, the change in direction assists in this but works mainly in giving the dog a shock, "hang-on I'd better pay attention"

    Praise the dog when walking beside you, say nothing when you do correction.

    I work on the basis that if it takes more than 3 corrections I didn't get the level right.

    If you are not comfortable with that try a food reward system instead as dogs can build up a resistance to martingale collars the same way they do to check chains.

    Martingale collars are very effective on dogs with slender heads like whippets, greyhounds and the like as in they cannot back out of them.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 07-07-2010 at 03:48 PM.

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    I did a lot of reading in the Martingale collar. It seems that this is a highly recommended collar for my puppy. I am currently using only one base support, and am very interested in the Martingale collar, but I know very, very little about them. First, everything I have seen pictures of them, very brief descriptions of the exact function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marz84 View Post
    i was thinking you use it in a similar manner to a check chain, a quick tug on the lead when there doing something they shouldnt be then reward when they are bahaving.. is this correct?? i have never used a check chain before either, so i thought i would try a martingale collar as it cant continue to chock like a check chain. i have tryed haltis and the gentle leader harness.. good for controlling pulling but not fo corrections.
    Check chains dont continue to choke unless the operator decides so .. just like a martingale ,,,,,,

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