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Haley is an adorable 8 month old American Cocker Spaniel.

 American Cocker Spaniel, Haley


Haley’s Mom told me about the two main reasons why she brought Haley to us: pulling on her leash and she is nervous around bigger dogs.

She also explained that Haley knows the ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘come’ commands.

Before I started training with Haley I changed her flat buckle collar for *Martingale Check-Choke. Haley is not a dominant dog but she has no idea how to walk on a leash because lack of leadership and consistency. It helps if her owner always keeps her on the same side. Traditionally it’s on the left side of the owner. By the end of the first day she was already very good walking on a leash – even outside our training room. We also practiced with her family, helping to make big progress with her walking.

 American Cocker Spaniel, Haley

Haley on her leash

More socialization with other dogs will help Haley over come her nervousness around bigger dogs. On her second day she is already feeling very confident around all dogs.

 American Cocker Spaniel, Haley

Haley with other dogs

*No-slip, adjustable-choke Martingale collars (humane chokes) are good for a couple of different reasons:

• Very difficult for dogs to** back out of.

• Ideal for training they are adjustable and have a limited closure witch prevent the choke from become too tight.

Martingale collars come in a variety of styles and colors. Some come with a chain loop, while others offer a nylon loop. Some buckle on, while others slip over the dog’s head.

 American Cocker Spaniel, Haley

"No-slip" collar

“No-Slip” Collar Nylon loop, slip on

 American Cocker Spaniel, Haley

"Check choke" collar

“Check Choke” Collar Chain loop, slip on. Don’t mind the name – this collar does not “choke” the dog.

Some dogs learn to back out of collars because their collar was too loose.
A properly fitted collar should be snug enough to slip just two fingers between the dog’s neck and the collar.
Some dogs such, as Greyhounds and Dobermen, can back out of collars because of their conformation.

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