Choke chains are a great tool used in dog training. They have been used for many, many years and are proven in the industry. Choke chains can be used for a few applications. Not only do they keep a dog from being able to slip out of their collar, but they are also used in training. The harder a dog pulls, the tighter the collar becomes. This is perfect, when paired with a tie out.
How Choke Chains are to be used
Although a choke chain is called a choke chain … it is not actually designed to choke a dog. What it is designed to do, is simulate the bite of another dog. When they choke chain is pulled, it will choke the dog. This is why you should never pull your dog back into position, when walking them. You should correct the dog back into position. This means, you shouldn’t pull the collar, but instead, snap the collar. When snapped, it will simulate the bite of a dog.
Not all Choke Chains are the Same
All choke chains are not the same. What do we mean? Many of the cheaper choker chains, commonly purchased in the store, tend to be junk. A good choke chain will have a good, solid finish or sheen to it. This is important for the glide of the chain, when applying a correction. You want the chain to glide across itself, so that the dog doesn’t feel each link in that chain. You also want a strong finish on the chain to prevent rusting.
Another thing to look out for, is the link size or link distance. A good strong choke chain will have a tight link. You don’t want a choker chain that has big, gapped links. For one, they don’t allow for a good, clean stimulation when applying correction and the action on the chain will be dirty. This goes back to the feel of the correction, while in motion. If the chain doesn’t allow for good action … or ratchet and release, the dog will feel it. This can send the wrong message as well as ruin the timing in the correction. When split seconds count … the last thing you want is a junk choke chain. As you can see in the image, there is a big difference in the links. These links will affect action, stimulation, glide, feel, reaction and the overall condition of the chain.