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The Rottweiler is by no means a small breed and he is known for his large, muscular build. Not only are Rottweilers very large, but many of them develop a stubborn streak that can be difficult to overcome unless you are an experienced dog owner. The Rottweiler’s size can also be a challenge on walks which is why many owners choose to use specialty collars to give them more control over their dog. Keep reading to learn about choke chains as an option for your Rottweiler and to receive leash training tips.

Pros and Cons for Choke Chains

There are many different types of dog collars out there and some of them are known by multiple names. The choke chain is also known as the choke collar or chain slip collar and it consists of a continuous loop of metal chain with a metal ring on each end. To use the collar, you slip one end through the other to create a noose-like collar then you slip it over your dog’s head and clip the leash to the end of the chain. When your dog pulls too hard on the leash, the collar tightens around his neck to provide correction. Though many Rottweiler owners swear by the choke collar, others hate it – here are some of the pros and cons for choke collars so you can form your own opinion:

Pros for Choke Chains

· They provide correction when your dog pulls too hard on the leash.

· Adjusts automatically to your dog’s neck size.

· May give you greater control over your dog on a walk.

Cons for Choke Chains

· May put too much pressure on your dog’s neck and trachea.

· Can be painful if you or the dog pulls too hard.

· Might be dangerous if used with a tether or for anything other than training.

IN the end, it is up to you which type of collar you choose for your Rottweiler. What really matters, however, is that you train him properly to walk on a leash. Keep reading to receive some leash training tips for your Rottweiler puppy.

Tips for Leash Training Your Rottweiler

Training your Rottweiler puppy to walk on the leash is not difficult but it will take some time. Start out by getting your puppy used to wearing his collar and being clipped to the leash – you should do this indoors so you don’t have to worry about him getting away. Once your puppy is used to being on the leash, start walking him around the room a little bit, praising him when he walks calmly by your side. Reward your puppy every few steps when he walks by your side but when he pulls ahead, stop walking and wait for your puppy to turn around or sit down – when he does, praise and reward him then keep moving. Over time, your puppy will get the hang of it.

Leash training is just one of the many things you need to train your Rottweiler puppy for in the first few months. The sooner you start establishing and reinforcing good behavior, the more those behaviors will become habits. If you want your Rottweiler to grow up into an obedient dog that walks well on a leash, start leash training as soon as you bring him home.

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My last dog was a large Neapolitan Mastiff x Boxer and she pulled hard. I tried a choke chain for 1 day but all it did was graze her neck because she did not seem to mind the pain. I found it cruel to continue with this particular dog and instead bought a harness. The harness seemed to be much easier to control her which I believe was because the lead was attached in the centre of her body. This either distributed her weight more evenly and/or meant she could not use her full body to pull, as opposed to a lead attached at the neck. All I know is it made it much easier for myself until she had been trained not to pull and it did not cut her neck like the choke chain could have done.
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