Using a choke chain style collar for your dog has plenty of benefits. When used correctly, it aids as an incredible training tool. It isn’t enough to just learn how to use the collar itself, but how to pair it with a leash.

On this page, you will learn where you should attach a leash to a choke chain style collar. In some cases, it’s an incredibly simple solution. Depending on the collar you’ve chosen for your dog, you may need to make a few adjustments. Check out our other guide for how to put on a prong collar.

Sit tight and I’ll tell you exactly where you should attach a leash, no matter which style of choke chain collar your dog uses.

Attach To: Prong Collars

Attaching your leash to a prong collar can be confusing to some people. Most prong collars will have two possible rings to attach the leash to. The entire purpose of a training collar is to have some slack for the collar to tighten and loosen when some tension is being applied. Ideally, you will need to be able to generate a “snapping” motion when you pull on the collar.

Attaching your leash to the outer ring is the proper way to use a prong collar. When you attach your leash to the inside ring, you lose all mobility of the sliding mechanism achieved from using a training collar.

This can be considered a cruel misuse of a prong collar since it produces a continuous tugging motion. It’s not only cruel, but it doesn’t teach your dog anything about pulling.

You may also make the mistake of connecting BOTH rings into the buckle of your leash. This doesn’t add any benefit since the outside ring is dependent on having slack from the inner ring. Connecting both rings of the prong collar to your leash serves the same purpose as connecting the inner ring, which means it serves no purpose.

Attach To: Slip Collars

where should you attach a leash to a choke chain style collar

A slip collar works very similarly to a prong collar. You need to attach a leash to the outside ring only. The difference between these two collars is essentially the prongs component. For many dogs, a slip collar is enough to leash train. Some dogs that exhibit extreme pulling may be better off with a prong collar, as it teaches them a little bit of self-control.

These are also a better choice for those who have a brand new puppy or a delicate dog. Since a prong collar heavily relies on a dog’s neck to have plenty of fat tissue, a new or smaller dog may not have that much fat tissue developed yet.

For this style of choke collar, attaching your leash to the outside ring should allow for a smooth, rolling feeling. It should feel loose and light when walking your dog, then slowly tighten when applying corrections.

Attach To: Martingale Collars

These kinds of collars will typically have 2 inside rings and one outer ring. In the same fashion, please attach your leash to the outer ring of the collar. When making corrections, the motion should feel like a quick tightening tug.

If you don’t have a tightening feeling when giving a quick pull, you have attached your leash to the wrong ring. If you’re sure you’ve attached the leash to the correct ring on the collar, you may need to loosen the collar. A proper training collar should have some looseness to it.

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Now that you know where the leash should be properly attached, consider brushing up on how to properly use the different styles of choke chain collars by reading our article here.

Where Should You Attach A Leash To A Choke Chain Style Collar?

You should attach a leash to a choke chain style collar to the outer-most ring to create a slightly loose fit, which can be determined by the amount of tension being the collar is holding towards your dog’s neck.

These different collar styles all have slightly varying rings and loops to leash into. Find which works best for your dog. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to see if you’ve got it right.

Where Should You Attach A Leash To A Choke Chain Style Collar?

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