Once your puppy has settled in you can start teaching your dog to walk on leash. We start by using a puppy harness until the dog is used to the restriction of a leash.
FINE LINKED CHOKE-CHAIN AS A COLLAR
Choke chains are designed to apply a correction during traditional obedience training. It can be used as a collar but must then be put on “dead choke”. (See photograph underneath) The fine links tend to break the neck hair.
Once your puppy is used to walking on leash with a harness and it does not baulk whilst on-leash you can start using a puppy collar. We recommend a soft, broad collar.
LONG LINKED CHOKE-CHAIN AS A COLLAR
It can be used as a collar but must also be put on “dead" choke. (See photograph underneath). The longer links tend not to break the neck hair to the extent that the fine choke chain does.
If you start doing protection work, especially groundwork (puppy man-work), it is best to use a “man-work” harness. The dog is much more balanced when it lunges up to bite the lure/sleeve. When the dog is on a collar and it lunges upwards to bite the lure/sleeve, it can easily flip over backwards if the handler does not compensate for the upward motion of the dog. This can result in a negative experience for the dog which you want to prevent at all costs. Once a dog is experienced, a collar is fine.