Cliff on Collars

Cliff and babyRecently, we spoke about the basics of raising the Weimaraner. We are invested in your success. We talk a lot about earning the Weimaraner’s respect; this means achieving the loose leash heel. When I suggested this must be done with the use of a flat collar, that caused some people to wonder what I meant.

The reference to achieving the loose leash heel while using a flat collar means, that you have only succeeded when the collar has no part in you achieving the result. Gentle leaders, head halters, and front clipping harness will give you a feeling of relief. They will thwart the Weim’s ability to pull; however, they do not (in my opinion) change the behavior. The first change the Weimaraner gets they will go right back to dragging you around by the leash. Earning respect requires that you achieve compliance, because the Weimaraner wants to please you. There are no gimmicks.

1-in-mendota-durasoft-orange-hunt-dog-center-ring-dog-collar-20931002lgI am good with using an interim (or training) collar of the sort that leads you toward achieving this goal. To be clear, another acceptable end-result collar would be the adjustable collars. Many companies make this style of collar. Some people prefer them over the buckle collars. Those pictured here are linked to the website where we borrowed the photo. The Adjustable collar (pictured to the left) is a Lupine brand collar which not only makes a fashion statement, but offers a lifetime warranty. The other collars are from Gun Dog Supply. Steve Snell of Gun Dog Supply has a tutorial on collars, and his reasoning behind what you should list on a name tag.

A regular (or flat) collar

A regular (or flat) collar

I am asking you to remember if you to remember if you resort to another alternative to escape the tugging, and lunging on the leash, that this doesn’t solve the underlying issue. You and the Weimaraner are in a situation where they are winning control. They may comply in some areas, but when they get their head (so to speak) they are dead-set on being in the lead. It is at this point other folks give the Weimaraner more freedom. They let them go loose; and the Weimaraner is never happier. Happiness doesn’t always lead to good things. The Weimaraner that learns to be in compliance, and gives you proper respect, is going to be much happier in the long run. Those around this Weimaraner, likewise, enjoy the benefits of their respectful behavior, and the training you invested.

Achieving the Loose Leash Heel

This brings us to the question of how we achieve the loose leash heel. There are various methods of achieving this goal. Different trainers use various philosophies. You want the rock-solid outcome. For our OwyheeStar clients, we have a video in the works. You need to turn to the trainer of your choice for help.

Good luck in achieving results. I believe if you do this you will reap the benefit. The loose leash heel needs to be maintained throughout the life of your Weimaraner. Thank you for considering this training information. I do hope it proves beneficial, and that you get it done.


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Posted on March 20, 2014, in Behavior & Training, Information and Education, Training and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. many thanks for this post. I like the leather collars I saw at Gun Dog Supply :o)

  2. Yes, leather is always a nice choice. The only down-side is they pick up body odor, whereas the coated ones can be wiped clean. Dusty wears a rolled leather collar–still qualifies. :O) Dash had the same leather collar forever.

    The absolute best leather collar we ever got was from a dog training seminar Cliff attended. I don’t know if they still have them available or not.

  3. I agree, one of Easy’s ole collars smells like rotten cheese :o) The best one we had was one with a neoprene lining what was removable. Sadly the manufacturer closed his business :o(

  4. Too bad about the manufacturer. Leather is wonderful, but it picks up odor. There are always trade-offs. :O)

  5. We are doing pretty well on the loose leash with the “good dog collar” now to transition over to the flat collar!! She still looses her mind when she sees another dog so we keep working hard on this. She does great when she is working in Rally 🙂 even when other dogs are around. She is also doing well on long line recall. She will not have total freedom until we have 110% on the other issues so it will be awhile and that’s okay.

  6. You are doing excellent. In fact, you are doing amazing.

  7. We generally use the Good Dog Collars for training and transition to a regular collar as time goes on and the dog learns respect. I personally like nylon martingale (check) collars, because if the dog suddenly darts or “puts on the brakes” (on leash), they won’t pull out of their collar like can happen with a flat buckle type collar – I see this happen frequently to dog owners…it just happened two days ago to a man talking to me, his dog pulled right out of his collar and he didn’t even notice, I had to tell him his dog just got away! I personally like nylon because I can wash it, each time I bathe my dogs I also wash their collars. I also dislike the “quick release” buckles, as they frequently wear out and/or break, and the collars comes off the dog- I prefer adjustable collars with no buckle, or the regular metal buckle if folks want to use that type of collar. Thanks for a good article! Hugs from Willow 🙂

  8. Great……..Cliff is partial to the Don Sullivan which also works similar to the collar to mention. We tried to keep the collar thing as simple as possible. People seem to get confused; ultimately, you need to walk loose-leash in proper heeling position. I am so glad you teach people how to do this in your classes. There is no one method, but some methods work better than others. Cliff is very good at getting compliance in short order. Not everyone can do that–like you and he. :O)

  9. Jan the Don Sullivan and the Good Collar are identical in principle. The ONLY difference is the Sullivan collar goes on easier. Cliff likes it better. Yes, as usual, we are on the same page. Great minds……………well nuff said. :O)

  10. Hi there First time Weimeraner in our family here in South Africa
    Our journey with Dusty started all crazy. We received him at 9 weeks, and 2 days later he was in hospital with Parvo. We are so lucky to have him back. I dont want to push him too early as he is still very thin and gets tired quickly. But I dont want to leave it too long. I wanted to start going to puppy training but been advised to keep him away from other dogs for another month. I want to get him to walk on loose leash. How can I start.

  11. Did you get your Weimaraner from someone nearby where you live? Would your breeder be supportive, helpful? I am so sad to hear about him having Parvo–I am glad he survived, but it most certainly is hard on him, you, and the process of getting off to a good start. Getting the loose lead walk is tricky–it is going to depend a lot on your ability to get him to want to please you, and then to understand what you desire. Reward right behavior — and ignore another otherwise as much as possible. Make him want to do what you want. There are the front-hooking harnesses which do not allow for pulling–in our experience, they don’t necessarily guarantee you success later with a flat collar, though. But others have different thoughts — Anne Taguchi’s Just Weimaraners suggests a harness. Here is that link

  12. And I might add — your Weimaraner would not be roading or pulling weight. But there might be some information you can incorporate. You could also lookup Jan Magnuson (Sunstar All breed training –in Washington State)–she might have a tutorial to help you. If not, she would reply to an email or a message.

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