How to Use a Slip Lead

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How to Use a Slip Lead
Give your dog a treat after the first time walking with a slip lead. (Jupiterimages/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Enthusiastic dogs want to sniff and explore their surroundings on a walk. Training a dog to walk at your side correctly using a traditional collar and leash is difficult for some breeds, including basset and blood hounds. A slip collar, which is available in metal, leather or cord, provides control when walking a dog. Learning how to properly put on and handle a slip collar will ensure that the dog is comfortable during training.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate a slip lead that fits your dog's size and weight. Weigh your dog and measure the circumference of its neck. Bring this information to a local pet or department store and find a collar that will fit your dog now. Do not purchase a collar that is too large, as it will easily slip off during training.

  2. 2

    Sit your dog in front of you and hold the loop of the collar in one hand. Allow the loop to fall loosely and quickly slip it over your dog's neck.

  3. 3

    Position the ring of the collar around the dog on the area just behind its ears. This will offer the most control when training.

  4. 4

    Attach the slip collar to a leash, if applicable. There are models of slip collars that come with a leash already attached.

  5. 5

    Allow the dog to walk in front of you, paying attention that the leash is not taut and the collar is slightly loose around the dog's head. If the collar is too tight and the dog is choking, remove it immediately and look for a larger size.

  6. 6

    Tug on the leash gently when the dog begins to run or pull away from you. Do not pull on the slip collar for longer than two or three seconds.

  7. 7

    Continue to walk your dog, tugging quickly on the collar whenever a correction is needed to keep control over the pet's movements. Keep the walk short, about five to 10 minutes for the first use, to allow the dog to become accustomed to the slip lead.

  8. 8

    Remove the collar when the training or walk has ended.

Tips and warnings

  • If the slip collar fits correctly but the dog continues to choke itself during training, discontinue use and try a different tactic.

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