How do I measure my dog for a choke chain?

If choke chains didnt cause pain and damage, then it would be fine to use them on small dogs.
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Conversely, I have a foster PB mix here that was trained by a well known local traditional trainer who uses choke chains: in fact, he has a “lifetime” guarantee on his training. That dog will pull like a charging bull without the garroting action of a choke chain to remind him to not pull. So which dogs should I consider to be trained? I’ll tell you that I consider the three rescue PBs that I worked with to actually be trained, and the foster to be nothing but a managed situation (completely dependent upon the “reminder” action of the choke chain in order to walk reasonably on the leash.)
"Why do you think one shouldnt use a choke chain on a small dog?
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So why do I avoid the choke chain? Besides the fact that my philosophy of training is to focus on rewarding the dog’s good behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted ones until the dog forms good habits, there are many medical and safety reasons too. Not surprisingly, strong yanking on the neck with a chain can cause health issues. If the force from a dog pulling on a flat collar raises intraocular pressure, imagine how high that pressure must rise when you actually yank the dog with a thin chain! Even if your dog has no eye issues, the choke chain, is notorious at exacerbating airway issues. For instance it can worsen coughing in dogs prone to collapsing trachea (weak trachea that flatten more than they should) and affect the ability of dogs with small tracheas, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, to breath. Additionally, dogs may develop neurological damage when the corrections are strong enough. The damage, called Horner’s Syndrome, can result in changes to the pupil in the eye and nerve-induced lameness in the front leg. Lastly, even if you don’t use a choke chain in the manner described above, choke chains should never be left on an unsupervised pet. They can get caught on something and tighten to the point where they strangle the panicked dog. Solid brass half choke chain für dog collars. Size L-XL also available.
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Let�s first discuss how a choke collar should be properly used and how it works. In terms of choosing the correct size of collar for your dog, you will need to measure the dog�s neck and then add two to three inches on top of that. You want the collar to fit so that it is neither too loose, nor tight on the animal. If you are unsure on the issue of sizing, it is best to take your dog into the pet store with you so that a knowledgeable associate can assist you. Drop the connected links through one of the rings on either end of the chain so that you create a collar, which can slip over the dog�s head. Although you now know how to properly set up and affix a choke collar to a dog, you must take into consideration the fact that there are other more humane and less harsh options available when it comes to training collars. The choke chain works to train a dog because it allows the trainer to administer corrections when the animal performs incorrect behaviors. However, choke chains are too often overused and the corrections applied are unnecessarily heavy-handed. Strong, jerking corrections can frighten an animal, or worse cause them pain and even injury.