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      Question Type of collar for puppy

      Wondering what type of collar the community recommends for general use/training. Do you utilize two different collars or one for everything?

      We bought a flat nylon collar in anticipation of our new puppy this weekend (11/12 weeks old) but I have also heard others say nylon martingale collars are a better option.

      Opinions on the two styles?

      Thanks!

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      I use a flatbuckle collar. Nylon, neoprene, leather...they all work.

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      +1 flatbuckle collar...

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      I've used a flat collar for my puppies, especially at that age. As they've gotten older, we have attended obedience classes with instructors who like prong collars, so that's what we've used after they're 6 months of age or so. I wouldn't use one on a puppy that age, just the flat collar. The other obedience place we used gave each participant a Volhard training collar, but I didn't use it after that class. My flat collars have the plastic clip rather than looking like a belt buckle. I've tried a martingale collar, and if you have a dog that can back out of their collar, these are helpful to prevent that, but I didn't find it especially helpful for training purposes. Start with a flat collar for ID tags, etc., and then sign up for obedience classes as soon as you can and see what the trainer likes for training purposes.

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      Another vote for a flat, buckle collar.
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      Yup, we start with a flat collar for everything. A slip collar or martingale may come later for obedience or conformation work depending on the dog. I had one dog years ago that I used a prong on, but now that I have more tools and knowledge to work with I think I'd be able to work with that same dog without it today. I've never used a head halter or an electronic collar, but I wouldn't rule them out completely. As with so many other things, the best choice depends on the dog and the situation.
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      Looks like we will stick with the flat buckle collar we bought.

      Thank you to everyone that took the time to reply, we appreciate it!

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      remember to remove the collar when you crate the puppy

      you can train with any collar. the tools are mostly to help control the dog. Many people use a harness on a puppy to be gentler on their neck but this can encourage pulling so you have to be careful how you use it (and to not let them pull).

      I highly recommend puppy classes

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      We are definitely going to research trainers in the southern NH area to bring her to. I think I want to make training a regular thing and see where it brings us.

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      Flat nylon for a puppy in the yard/house when little just to get them used to the sensation, always off in the crate. I keep mine naked in the house.

      When taking puppy for a walk, MARTINGALE or NO SLIP until they learn to walk appropriately.. Lab puppies are little devils and will figure out how to back out of a collar before you even know what's happening and they'll be across the road in less than five seconds. It may never happen to you. It might. Not worth the risk, in my opinion.
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